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What a Year It Has Been!

As the year draws to a close, we at Source Point Training are celebrating our 7th Anniversary. Many said it wasn’t possible; but because of all of you, our passion for the work that we do, and our on-going commitment to make a difference in the world, we have been able to empower, educate and engage people and organizations these last 7 years.

The world continues to provide challenges for us all and with that comes the opportunity to learn, grow and adapt.  This year, SPT continued to support organizations that are committed to developing top leadership teams and learning to coach their teams to become self-generative and more fulfilled in the work they do. 

Lou, always passionate about traveling ANYWHERE in the world on a moments notice, continues to challenge people to break through their self limiting beliefs and embrace the unique and authentic human being they are and the contribution they make.  Barbara continues to work in Taipei, Hong Kong and now in Shanghai and Shenzhen developing professional coaches who are recognized by both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.  Barbara also became an Accredited Master Coach with the Association for Coaching!  Ginny continues to be the glue that hold Source Point Training together.  Anyone who has contact with us gets the opportunity to work with Ginny.  Through her commitment to being in service and her beyond belief operations skills, she keeps all the parts of Source Point Training moving forward.

And to all of the coaches who are a part of our professional coaching team around the world, we thank you so much for your partnership and your commitment to coaching and training the world over throughout these last 7 years.

Kelly Mobeck, who many of you have had the opportunity to work with as a coach sent her oldest son, Bradley, off to college this year. Brad has been a Source Point Training kid through the years and because of his mom’s great coaching, he could lead an outstanding team anywhere.  We know he will take these skills with him and wish him much success.

Helene Lynch, who has been one of our top Leadership Coaches, always throws a great Christmas party and this year most of the SPT team was there to celebrate with her. The stories were long and the laughter was belly aching!  We all love you, Helene!

This year we moved our Mastery of Performance Coaching training to Healdsburg so that the more mature coaching students could enjoy Barbara’s home town and some sightseeing and wine tasting – another great incentive to do your coach certification training with Source Point Training!

It is great when Barbara and Lou can find time to meet together – this year it was fortunate that they were both in Shanghai together and had the opportunity to have “fine dining” and time to catch up.

As we come to the end of 2016, we look back and reflect on how grateful we are to have the professional and personal relationships that we have shared with many of you. We wish you all the best in the year ahead – good health, peace and joy that make your heart sing!!!

Enjoy our video of highlights from 2016!

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With warmest gratitude,

Happy New Year!!

Barbara, Lou and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Coaching Today’s Workforce – Part 2

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Welcome to the second in a 5-part series on coaching trends globally and how to create a coaching culture in your organization.  If you missed Part 1 – you can access it here.

This series includes the philosophy and coaching experience of Barbara Fagan, President of Source Point Training, and a recent survey conducted by the International Coach Federation just released in October 2016.  We hope you enjoy these insights and applications on how you can include coaching as a way of contributing to people and teams within your organization.

A recent survey published in September 2016 by Human Capital Research at the request of the International Coach Federation (ICF) showed some interesting results about the impact of coaching in the workplace. Not just for top executives, but for all managers and project leaders.  Coaching performance is no longer regulated to those who are “poor” performers, but to those who are seeking career advancement and the desire to increase their contribution.  Coaching is seen as one of the best ways to retain top talent and give them an incentive to develop new capabilities.

trust2-2When interviewed on the level of importance of the top Coaching Competencies recognized by ICF, on a scale of 1 to 5, the following reflects the top priorities for those being coached:

  • Establishing trust                     4.61
  • Applying ethical standards      4.51
  • Practicing active listening        4.51

The workplace today, which consists more and more of millennials and their development needs, shows us that creating a trusting environment, where managers conduct themselves with ethical standards, is very important.

The ability to establish trust is something that all professional coaches understand.  When coaching in the workplace, it is even more important.  Managers must be able to distinguish between coaching and managing.  It is important to establish clear agreements for the coaching to occur. This includes when coaching is being done versus managing the employee.  It requires confidentiality and clear guidelines with specific parameters for the coaching.

manhadonchinAll trained coaches realize that being professional and ethical is one of the top requirements.  This means that people who provide coaching within an organization must reflect in their own behaviors the performance they are coaching others to attain. They must demonstrate respect and real partnership with those they coach.

In order to coach effectively, most managers will need to be trained on reflective listening or appreciative listening.  This means that they listen from a place of neutrality and set aside their judgments or opinions about those they are coaching.  They listen deeply to what is being said and mirror back what they hear and ask questions to those they coach so they are able to reflect and think about their own behaviors and results.aadct

These 3 top criteria for coaching will assist managers and leaders to coach their teams in a way that increases trust, expands each employee’s ability to contribute and become more self-directed.

icfaIf you would like more information about how coaching can support your organization, contact us at 800-217-5660 ext. 101.

Our best to you,

Barbara and Everyone at Source Point Training

 

Coaching Today’s Workforce – Part 1

BFAsia400This is the first in a 5-part series on coaching trends globally and how to create a coaching culture in your organization.  It includes the philosophy and coaching experience of Barbara Fagan, President of Source Point Training, and a recent survey conducted by the International Coach Federation just released in October 2016.  We hope you enjoy these insights and applications on how you can include coaching as a way of contributing to people and teams within your organization. 

As the year begins to come to a close and we look at what has been accomplished, many organizations are still doing “annual reviews”.  However, managing today’s workforce in a way that empowers them, has them see their contribution and provides coaching on areas where they can improve, is what most employees are looking for.  Today’s workforce wants to be in a place where they feel they gain the most benefit and are recognized for their contribution.  Hence, we see the high level of “job hopping” in today’s workforce.

This is why many organizations are investing in developing a coaching culture and training their managers how to effectively coach employees in timely ways.  Let’s face it – those of us in the old days HATED to have to do the annual review for our employees. In all the years I have coached, I still hear the dread at facing this task.  So learning to coach in the long run saves time and creates higher value with increased employee retention and contribution.

SmileWe hear more and more that many organizations are making the investment to train mangers and business leaders on appropriate coaching skills and tools. This is not another fad.  As many of you know having worked with Source Point Training – coaching has been around now for over 25 years.  It is no longer for executives in the C Suite or those who end up in the land of “poor performers”.

Business leaders and HR/TM/L&D professionals cannot expect managers and leaders to successfully use coaching skills without adequate training and time to practice those skills. It takes between three to six months to become comfortable with using coaching skills.

High-quality (and accredited) coach-specific training, like Source Point Training’s Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching, should be immersive and include opportunities for on-the-job learning.  It should emphasize practical application and self-exploration.  Managers/leaders and HR/TM/L&D practitioners who currently do not use coaching skills often desire to learn and use them.  Overall, more than four in five (82%) respondents to a recent survey conducted through the ICF on creating a coaching culture showed that managers who do not currently use coaching skills indicated that they would consider being trained.

Trends that drive demand for coaching.   Business respondents cited in recent ICF survey that:

 “Changing workplace environments means that more empathic leadership, shifting values regarding lifestyle, application of whole brain vs. left brain thinking, a move toward total transparency and greater use of smart technology will be necessary.”

“It’s empowering and enabling people to bring out their potential using powerful questioning and effective listening. Professional coaching will grow and each employee will have a coach.  It’s a growing area which can’t be ignored.”

 “In the next three to five years, coaching will be a required skill/competency for managers/leaders. Technology will be in place to monitor/measure a leader’s coaching ability.”

“As more employees work remotely, coaching will be that much more important to ensure that remote workers feel well-connected and still have opportunities to build skills and move up within a company.”

 “Impending retirements will create increased on-boarding needs for leaders coming into the organization as well as faster promotions through leadership ranks. I plan to institutionalize leader transition coaching starting now to set foundations for this to be part of how we do business in the coming years, as the needs will likely increase.”aadct

Source Point Training recommends:

  • Invest in an accredited coach training organization that is recognized by professional coaching associations. Our training is highly rated by both ICF and the Association of Coaching International.
  • Survey your management team to learn how coach training would support them to increase productivity and employee engagement.icfa
  • Ask employees to identify what coaching they need to increase job fulfillment and contribution.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

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Fundamentals & Mastery of Performance Coaching 

Awarded AADCT!

We are honored to announce that our Fundamentals and Mastery of Performance Coaching program has been awarded by the Association for Coaching their top-tier Level 4/4.

Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coach Training (AADCT).  The Association for Coaching is one of the top 3 accreditation organizations for professional coaching in the world.  There are only 16 coach training providers in the world which have reached the AADCT criteria and we are honored to be one of them.

The curriculum has been designed by our founder, Barbra Fagan, and delivered for over 12 years in 4 countries with a proven record of developing the highest caliber of Certified Professional Performance Coaches.  This curriculum is a rigorous coach training program which includes five modules in nine months.

Here are some of the comments from the Independent Assessors of the Association for Coaching Accreditation Team:

  • Provides an experiential learning approach to coaching consisting of both the theoretical study and practical application.
  • Incorporates a variety of coaching approaches and models.
  • Provides personal assessment process to ensure participant’s fitness to practice.
  • Includes a variety of self-study activities to support and further develop the knowledge and skills of new professional coaches.
  • Gives participants detailed marketing guidance for developing a successful coaching practice during the program.
  • Ensures that participants are given feedback, 1:1 supervision and are encouraged to complete personal reflective work to build self-awareness as a coach.
  • Incorporates a continuous evaluation and improvement process throughout the 9 month program.
    Source Point Training is honored to be recognized by the Association for Coaching.

With warmest gratitude,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

 

Live A Happy Life!

When making life decisions, first ask yourself the qestion “Does this bring me joy and fulfillment?”  Many times in life, we make choices based on what we “have to do,” and the reality is that all choices are ones we get to make.

valuesAs many young people begin college this year, they are faced with the challenging question “What do you want to major in?”  For most, this is a question that they find themselves unprepared for.  That is why so many young adults leave college still looking for what they want to do, thinking that getting a job is what is really important.

As John Wooden stated in this famous quote – “making a living should not prevent you from making a life.”  The more you learn about yourself, your values and what makes you happy, the easier it is to find your place in the world and where you can make the greatest contribution.

Every one of us at the end of the day wants the feeling of knowing we made a difference.  Understanding your values and making choices that support these values is the key.  It never works to play someone else’s game – you must play your own game and work to become a master at it.  In this way, you will be challenged each day and the wins will be greater and perhaps the loses will feel harder, but win, loose or draw, there will always be key lessons that you can use to make your next play.V lady

Many times in the past years, I have heard people say “You are so lucky to have the life you have.”  Luck really has nothing to do with it.  We make choices and we face consequences, some good and some not so good. The best barometer of having a fulfilling life is to be honest with yourself and to live authentically in what truly makes you happy.

Take time this week noticing what is really making you happy.  Pay attention to where you are spending time and what matters most to you.  Then find ways to do more of it.  Stop living each day waiting to have the life you want – start living that life today.  If you do, then you will become one of the “lucky ones” – a person who lives their values and shows up authentically being who they were meant to be.

Here’s to a happy life!!!!

And if you would like to learn about opportunities for Leadership Development trainings or our Living Life workshops, contact Ginny Carter at 707-750-3318.

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Coaching Health Care Practioners

COACHING IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS ARENA IS THE FASTEST GROWING AREA FOR PROFESSIONAL COACHES TO CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING CHANGE AND TRANSFORMING PEOPLE’S LIVES.

ObamacareIn the last 10 years, health care professionals using coaching skills to bring creative ways for patients to take ownership AND action towards life long health and wellness, have reduced personal health care costs and costs for employers due to the reduction of time off work.

Some of the recent trends in healthcare coaching were brought on by the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) that incented healthcare professionals to include health and wellness programs as part of their practice and to be able to demonstrate its effects and efficacy with patients.

Most health savings accounts now cover health or wellness coaching, and insurance companies are offering discounts on premiums for companies and organizations that include health coaching in their wellness programs.

Let’s face it, most people go to a doctor when there is something “wrong” with their health.  Traditional doctors diagnosis and prescribe. Many times writing a prescription that the patient truly does not understand; nor do they take time to study and review its use and possible side effects.healthcoach

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit a doctor in Hong Kong due to experiencing numbness in my right hand.  I spent 4 hours being treated and got relief; but less than 10 minutes of that time was with the doctor and staff discussing what caused this or what I could do to prevent this from occurring in the future.  I have had similar experiences with my own physicians in the U.S.  If patients are to take more responsibility for their health, and practitioners are now responsible for demonstrating how they are reducing health care costs for patients, then the value for developing coaching skills is essential.  All medical practitioners can make a great impact on patient costs and in reducing health risks associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, weight, autoimmune diseases, addiction and cardiac care with these coaching skills.

healthylunchSource Point Training has had the opportunity to work with the University of Southern Florida College of Medicine’s Masters Certification Program A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) and with leaders of hospitals such as Sharp Hospital in San Diego, California, to train professionals on using coaching skills and tools in working with their patients.

Healthcare organizations who see the value of coaching, are looking for ways to facilitate partnership with patient and medical providers.  Today’s medical system is very complex, consisting not only of medical providers, but insurance, government, pharmaceuticals to name a few.  However, based on most organizations who have adopted coaching as part of their patient care, here’s what can be expected:

  • Develop health professional coaching knowledge and skills
  • Establish a coaching culture within the health care provider’s environment
  • Empower patient involvement in their own care, wellness and recovery
  • Reduce cost of medical services with higher ROI for services provided
  • Increase patient satisfaction levels that are now being measured through the Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about providing coaching skills and technology in the medical field, contact us at 800-217-5660.

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Are You Drifting or Designing?

summerSummer is in full swing!  For many, this is a slower, more relaxed/casual time of the year. Between children being on summer break from school, families taking vacations or spending weekends at the community pool or beach, we seem to find more time to kick back and relax.

What’s great is – it is also a good time – mid-year – to reflect on what you’ve accomplished thus far in 2016.  For many, it can be so easy getting caught up in the day-to-day hustle and busy-ness that our fast-paced, technology-driven world encourages us to do.  We go on auto-pilot and in survival mode.  We get into our “drift” – “it’s just the way it is,” “we are all in the same boat,” “I must multi-task to keep my head above water,” “If my boss would only . . .,” etc.  How creative, innovative or proactive can we be in this mindset?

Here’s a great article from a colleague of ours, Terrie Lupberger, MCC, Life . . . By Drift or Design, recently published online with the Library of Professional Coaching.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Whether leading others or leading your own life, it seems to me there are two primary paths you can take.  You either spend most of your time reactive to circumstances, acting mostly out of habit and at the effect of what others want of you (the drift) OR you are conscious and purposeful in designing how you spend your time, and with whom, as a reflection of what matters most to you.”

Barb CoachAs coaches, we get to be observant of our clients and assist them in seeing when they are in their drift.  As we coach them and open greater self-awareness, they become resourceful and confident in being conscious and purposeful in “designing” the life they want.process

When we are in our drift, we don’t even realize it and we don’t see what’s right in front of us. The partnership between coach and client affords the coach the permission to illuminate this for the client and coach them around, over and through the obstacles of being in the drift. Recently, our coaching students got to “experience” coaching fellow students through the drift at the last training weekend in Phoenix.

We encourage you to spend some time this weekend consciously and purposefully DESIGNING the life you want!

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Letting Go!

Today, we are sharing with you one of the amazing blogs posts of our inspiring friend, Martha girl open armsBorst.  Martha is a Senior Executive Coach, Organizational Consultant, Leadership and Team Development Facilitator and author of Your Survival Strategies Are Killing You.  (Another great book to add to your summer reading list!)

“Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy.  It’s so delicious… to cry for joy.”      – Charles Dickens

  • She let go.
  • She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
  • She let go of the fear.
  • She let go of the judgements.
  • She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
  • She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
  • She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
  • Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
  • She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
  • She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
  • She didn’t search the scriptures.
  • She just let go.
  • She let go of all the memories that held her back.
  • She let go of all the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
  • She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
  • She didn’t promise to let go.
  • She didn’t journal about it.
  • She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
  • She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
  • She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily
  • She just let go.
  • She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
  • She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
  • She didn’t do a five step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
  • She didn’t call the prayer line.
  • She didn’t utter one word.
  • She just let go.
  • No one was around when it happened.
  • There was no applause or congratulations.
  • No one thanked her or praised her.
  • No one noticed a thing.
  • Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
  • There was no effort.
  • There was no struggle.
  • It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
  • It was what it was, and it is just that.
  • In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
  • A small smile came over her face.
  • A light breeze blew through her.
  • And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…
  • ~ Rev. Safire Rose

. . .and YOU???

What are you holding on to? Afraid of? Resisting? Worrying about?

What would happen if you just simply . . . LET GO . . . ?

Enjoy more of Martha’s Blog posts and other amazing work she does at MarthaBorst.com.

Our best to you,
Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

Hot Summer Reading!

Summer is right around the corner and a time when many of us find more opportunities to catch up on some good reading.  Whether we find time to lounge at the beach with a good book, on our back decks or in our special quiet place in our homes – reading is a great way to relax and enter the world of learning, entertainment, suspense or those wonderful “just because” books!

As you consider lining up some books for your summer, we wanted to offer you a few suggestions.  You will also see this newsletter available on our Facebook page and we encourage you to comment there and share some of your suggested books with our followers as well!

Bio of BeliefBiology of Belief:  Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton

This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.

You are a Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen SinceroYou

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, Jen Sincero serves up 27 bite sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want and to create a life you totally love. Make some damn money already, the kind you’ve never made before.

You’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

OneThe ONE Thing:  The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions-and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH-LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal * dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.

GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”–Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother – a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.plane life

Plane Life:  Highs and Lows by Mary Bennett Gollly

One of our fellow Certified Professional Coaches – Mary Golly – shares her memoir about her life and flying career. “Plane Life is about love and perseverance. I’ve experienced joy, regrets and redemption. My adventures rewarded me with many lessons as I went on to achieve my dream of becoming a flight attendant even when life’s obstacles made it difficult and seemingly untenable.”

Att CoachingCoaching for Attorneys:  Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance by Cami McLaren and Stephanie Finelli

Co-authored by another one of our fellow Certified Professional Coaches – Cami McLaren.  Coaching for Attorneys is more than just a book. It is a mentor – addressing common problems and concerns that lawyers experience throughout their careers – and provides specific tools along with specific step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools to help you make life as a lawyer easier. Coaching for Attorneys teaches one how to feel good about what you are doing thus resulting in better work, better health, and better family life. Simply put: a fulfilled attorney is a better attorney.  Throughout this new-age book, real life examples are included that demonstrate how effective coaching can have positive changes. The authors help you realize practicing law in a new and innovative way that will respect who you are as a person; that will bring excellence to your practice, balance to your life; and that will ultimately have you feeling better and working more productively!

As you begin to plan your summer, be sure to include time for rejuvenating yourself – reading, journaling, meditation, exercise, time with family and friends, and a great glass of wine.  And who knows, maybe there’s a book waiting to be written by you!

Our best to you, Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training

 

Exploring Life – The Seasons Model

As a Capricorn, I have always felt connected to the earth – that being an earth sign.

This is why Blaine Bartlett’s Season’s Model of life is so compelling for me.  In this model, he shares that as humans we are always migrating through the sessions of life and that there is no “right” place to be.  In his book Three Dimensional Coaching, he talks about how this natural migration affects individuals, teams and organizations.   Since the beginning of time, humans have always been impacted by nature and weather, never more than now.  It is always a consistent topic of conversation.

As a coach, I work with clients to determine where they are in their life.  This model is excellent in helping people understanding what is occurring for them and perhaps why they are feeling the way they are feeling about different aspects of their life at different times.SeasonsModel600

The summer season in life is much like the season in nature.  There is a sense of confidence and movement; challenges we face are welcomed and excite us and we see ways to move forward, to build and accomplish our goals.  We have a sense of energy and courage to take risks and explore new arenas.  Just like nature, things grow and flourish with the richness of warm weather and longer days.

As autumn approaches, the days become cooler and shorter, plants begin to shrink back and prepare for the winter ahead.  As humans, the autumn of our life can mean the need to change directions in careers, or relationships.  In families, maybe the children are growing and leaving home changing the day-to-day dynamic. When we are experiencing autumn we know that changes are needed and we may have some anxiety about-facing them. Often, this is the time for people to seek coaching.

SeasonsChangesAhead300As autumn ends, we are then faced with the months of winter ahead.  People go inside, even with the holidays there tends to be more time for quiet reflection as people begin to plan their new year and think about how they want the next year to be.  Sometimes in winter we navigate a mini transition in our lives.

I have just come out of a winter phase where I had time to take an internal inventory to literally stop and examine my life, my purpose and vision and reflect and tap into my core values.  This was a time of healing and self-reflection for me and while it had its challenges, I learned to welcome it and surrender to the process.  While I have been home for the last few months, I have had the opportunity to slow down and really experience my life and my surroundings and to feel true gratitude for all that I have.

We have just come into spring; spring is about new beginnings and a time when we feel energized to experience life in so many ways.  Baseball season begins; we smell the fresh grass growing and the scent of new blossoms in our gardens.  We tend to evaluate our surroundings and determine what we want to refresh, in our homes, our careers, our clothing, etc.  It is a time when friends and acquaintances come out to get together after, in some cases, long days of in-climate weather and dark skies.  Many of us begin to have a sense of renewed purpose or a desire to set a new intention towards something we have been waiting to create.

As humans we can be in different seasons of life in different aspects of our life.  We may be approaching the autumn of our career and begin to shut down and move to winter to create the transition that will assist in designing a new identity for ourselves.  Or we may be younger and starting our first career job excited and challenged and ready to learn and grow so that if feels like summer.

To all of you, I invite you to first stop and enjoy the spring around you in nature as it is unfolding.  Ask yourselves what has opened up for you during the winter.  What are the new things you are excited to start doing?  Allow yourselves to feel alive and welcome the season as nature beautifully demonstrates for us all.  Stop and smell the roses.

Recommended read:  Three Dimensional Coaching: Moving Passion into Performance by Blaine Barlett

With warmest gratitude, Barbara Fagan