A bunch of thoughts on how to proceed into 2018

My journey toward becoming a coach developed in early 2016. I first took the Road Runners Club of America Certification Course in mid-March and passed the written exam the following week. I was now an RRCA Certified Running Coach. At the end of that month, I took my first class with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Their process to become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) took a little longer. I spent 104 hours in the classroom and then participated in a six-month certification program that included hands-on coaching, ongoing group work, and one-on-one supervision. I have worked with my own coach, passed the written exam and have fulfilled the requirement of more than 100 coaching hours. This certification program is recognized as the most rigorous in the industry. Today is the final mile of this 21-month journey. The oral certification exam.

In order to be properly prepared and to have my head in the right place, I’m taking a little break from this week’s blog and passing along a few words of wisdom from around the Internet. It’s that time of year when we engage in self-reflection and think about our hopes and dreams for the New Year, so I thought these were all worth sharing. They have a couple common ideas; some things that I have been considering as well. So, in 2018…

I will stop doing things that don’t support my goals.

“Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don’t need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them.” READ MORE…

Cvijetic, Z. (2016 December) 13 Things You Need to Give Up If You Want to be SuccessfulMedium

I will always take responsibility for myself. I will not make excuses. I will create good habits.

“No matter how much we believe we have our ‘shit’ together, life carries many harsh truths, and no matter how much we may wish to run away from them, it is only through accepting them that we can take full responsibility for our lives.” READ MORE…

Denicola, M. (2017, June) 8 Brutally Honest Truths You Need to Hear if You Want to Get Your Shit Together Collective Evolution

I will admit that social media can be a bad habit. Meditation is a good habit – and of course, so is exercise.

“If you want something you have to work hard for it. Not a half-assed hard either, I mean you need to work your ass off. You need to make sacrifices and push through even when things get messy and complicated. You need to keep going when everything in you is telling you to give up because that’s the only way you’ll ever amount to anything great.” READ MORE…

Martin, B. (2016, December) Hate to Break it to You But You Are the Reason Your Life Sucks So Much Thought Catalog

I will be mindful of the choices I make. How we spend our time and with whom, and most importantly, how we choose to react to what happens to us, matters.

“And when we finally achieve success, we can truly appreciate what had at the time seemed like terrible moments in our lives. It’s these moments that brought forth the hidden potential within us.” READ MORE…

Wong, B. (2017, January) 7 Lessons to Remember When Life Seems to Suck Tiny Buddha

For those of you (like me) in your 50s, think about these (if you’ve already turned 60, it’s not too late!)…

10 Things Everyone Should Do Before Turning 60 

Stich, S. (2014, May) www.grandparents.com


And if you haven’t reached middle age quite yet (although, again, never too old!), here are a few things to consider…

Those Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

(2016, December) www.lessonslearnedinlife.com

And for those of you with your whole lives ahead of you…

50 Tiny Things Every 20-Something Needs to Realize

Jarvic-Gibson, L. (2016, October) www.thoughtcatalog.com

The Chicago River. December 2017.




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