Aug. 2016 
          Vol 9, Issue 7                    
Creative Coaching Group
LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter
  
I was talking to my coach today lamenting the blur that was August, and feeling behind on all of the projects I am committed to this year. He asked me what I needed to be able to let go of the self-flagellation and embrace August  as being, well, simply August.  My acceptance of the fact that an off-track month did not spell disaster let my shoulders relax and created some mental bandwidth to approach this year's final quarter.

Whether your August has been a roller coaster like mine, a mellower chill time or somewhere in between, September signals a new beginning. What does the fall mean to you? How do you want to intentionally set up the final quarter of 2016?  Read the feature article below to inspire your fall revitalization.
 
Cheers,
 
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Jan Carley BA, CEC, PCC 
 
 Professional Certified Executive Coach     
 Creative Coaching Group e:jan@creativecoachinggroup.com  
Feature Article: 3 Steps to Inspire Your Fall Renewal 
The fall traditionally signals new beginnings and fresh starts. For me, September always holds the promise of new possibilities and with that, I get a renewed sense of vigor and direction. No doubt that feeling is linked with my childhood excitement of beginning a new school year with a crisp unsullied Hilroy notebook and brand new eraser (I am an easy one to please).

As the kids get into their 3 Rs  - 'reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic - you, too, can begin the 3 Rs of your personal fall renewal: Reflect, Reveal, Re-energize.  Our lives are a cyclical series of beginnings, endings and renewals. Kick start your new cycle this fall by asking some questions to promote reflection about your life and fall possibilities. 
 
STEP ONE:   REFLECTION 
A reflective practice is a way of studying your own experiences with the goal of improvement. Reflection is a powerful mechanism that helps deep learning take place. Dedicating time to reflect on your life and work regularly has a positive effect on performance.  
How to reflect? Your reflective practice is an individual as you are. Think about reflection as an objective research tool to help bring you insight and improvement vs. a judgment or label of right or wrong. It is generally recommended to write down your reflections to embed your learning further. Working through the questions with a supportive friend or coach can also be helpful.

Fall Renewal Self-Reflection questions:
What has been working well for me this year?
What have I learned about myself this year? 
What do I want more of this fall? Less of? 
What's going to make the biggest difference to me this fall?  
What shift, or tweak, or change of focus would increase my joy, peace and happiness? 
What shift, tweak, or change of focus might increase my effectiveness or results?
What do I need to leave behind, or let go of as I live into fall?
What is waiting in the wings, ready to take centre stage this fall?
How will I renew and recommit to what I want this fall?  
 
STEP TWO: REVEAL 
Look at your reflections and see what has opened up. Are there any themes that run through your answers? Anything you noticed that surprised you? Confirmed something for you?

As you look at your reflections, what feels most important to you for the final quarter of 2016? I am not necessarily talking about accomplishing a specific goal; I am talking about themes or an overall belief or ways of thinking. Are there several threads that connect to a similar theme?

For instance, as I did my self-reflection, many things came up that could all be connected to a desire to create more 'space' in my life this fall - like my wish to spend more time by the ocean, ride my bike more, have more fun, give myself some daily reflective time etc.
One of my clients is dedicated to "working in her sweet spot" for the final quarter of 2016, and to intentionally letting go of commitments and things that feel like obligations that take her out of that zone.   Another client is going to focus on thinking about what she needs, and find ways to honour herself in her life 'mix'.  

STEP THREE: RE-ENERGIZE 
As you consider your revealed themes you will want to consider how to re-energize around those possibilities.

Reflection Questions:
Ask yourself:
Who will I need to be that I've never been before? How do I want to be?
What will I need to do now that I haven't done before?
What do I need to do to make space for my new possibilities?
What could I do to commit (or recommit) to that new (or renewed) theme?
 
As you go forth with any plan you need to have people in your camp rooting for you, reminding you, encouraging you. What supports will you draw upon?

Embrace the growth and the possibilities that might happen in this new space and be sure to celebrate often - you deserve it!

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 "We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience."
-  John Dewey, philosopher and educational reformer 1859-1952 

Support me in my Walk for Parkinson's Disease  Sept. 11
As you all know, I've been personally touched by the challenges of Parkinson's disease. My wonderful Mom, Mig, courageously lived with PD for 13 years. 
I am taking part in the Parkinson's SuperWalk on Sept. 11, to raise funds for a cure and support services for those with PD.  Any contribution to my walk would be hugely appreciated.  Thanks! 
CLICK HERE to donate

Attention Coaches: Group Mentor Coaching Course begins Oct. 3
If you are an ACC Coach wanting to renew your credential, or if you are pursuing your ICF Credential through a Portfolio or ACSTH path, this course with instructor and mentor coach, Jan Carley, will fulfill the 10 Mentor Coaching Hours requirement.   Fall Cohort begins October 3rd (maximum 10 registrants)
CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

FINDING YOUR OVERTONE publishing process on track
To keep you all up to date on the progress of my new book - we have now gone through the ever-so-painfully-detailed editing and proofreading phases and the book is now at design and layout. Woo hoo!  Still aiming to have it in your hands by late November.
You can support the writing of my new book by pre-purchasing FINDING YOUR OVERTONE - A GUIDE TO PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS at a special discount price of $20 (includes shipping!) and you'll also receive several pre-sales bonuses.  Go to www.findingyourovertone.com
About Jan Carley  

Jan Carley is a Professional Certified Executive Coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. Known as a high-performance catalyst, Jan specializes in coaching individuals and teams to focus and clarify their vision and leverage their signature strengths to open possibilities and maximize their performance potential.  

3rd edition of Jan's book  

Jan's book, Harmony from the Inside Out, has been acclaimed worldwide and is now in its 3rd printing. Her second book, Finding your Overtone, will be released in 2016.    

 

Jan is Associate Faculty of the renowned Royal Roads University Executive Coaching Program, a Professional Mentor coach and a certified facilitator of the Strength Deployment Inventory .    

 

Jan lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and is available for individual & team coaching, workshops and speaking engagements worldwide. PCC logo

Contact Jan email: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com     

 
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