During the holidays, we think a lot about giving gifts to others. I’d like to give you an idea about a special gift to give to yourself.
Make time for self-reflection regularly
You’ll be amazed at some of the insights you will have if you would just stop and give yourself permission to be reflective and thoughtful about your life and your interactions with others. In today’s world we are all caught in the onslaught of information and media coming out at us.
I’d like to encourage you to sit down at some point over the next week or two and answer the following questions about the past year:
What were some of my personal highlights — moments where I was really able to be my best self and do my best work?
What were some of my worst moments? Moments where I knew that I was capable of performing at a higher level?
What are one or two things I need to focus on to be at my best more often and make the most out of my life?
Sit and be thoughtful and honest with yourself and answer those questions. Then consider sharing your answers with someone that will support you and hold you accountable to being at your best more often next year.
Consider answering the same few questions from a family perspective. When was the family at its best? When was it at its worst, and what are the one to two things that it needs to focus on in the new year?
I know coaching is an incredibly powerful tool. One of the reasons it works is it gives people the time, permission and structure to be more thoughtful and reflective about their own situation.
Consider giving yourself and your family the gift of learning how to be more reflective. It will enable you to be at your best more often and have your best life as a family and as a family business.
Pete Walsh is a demanding, courageous and playful Master Coach in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the founder of Peak Workout Business Coaching and the Family Business Performance Center. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.