Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Last November, when I had the honor of being asked to be one of the guest writers for International Coaching Week on this blog, I got really, really excited, unable to foresee the challenging situation I would find myself in when the time to write this piece came.
Yet, in the week when I needed to be in this festive mood the most, my mother was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.
At the same time the situation in my country was seriously challenging my optimism.
With the deadline for the blog post approaching, I found myself in the corridors of the public hospital with my laptop on my knees, dealing with feelings of fear at the possibility of losing my mother and of despair and uncertainty about the future of my country.
How could I write this article? It just seemed impossible to shift into the mood required. Or was it?
Part of our job as a coach is to challenge our clients to reframe situations, to shift perspectives and find something positive even in the most challenging circumstances. Part of my life has been to challenge myself and overcome what seems impossible.
So here it is - I am challenging myself to be in a festive mood and find the best reasons to celebrate:
- We are members of a community (ICF) in the service of helping humanity flourishing.
- We are 20,159 strong and we are growing! The 20,000th member registered on February 1.
- We have the privilege to be in a profession that focuses on values. We help our clients reconnect with their values and drive a meaningful life.
- We are change agents; we facilitate positive transformation.
- We are witnesses of this positive transformation, we watch our clients flourish and we grow together with them.
- We are in a profession of shifting perspectives!
Yes, there is always something to feel good about, to feel proud of and grateful for. Something to keep us motivated and inspired; something to celebrate!
|Katerina Kanelidou, ACC|
Katerina Kanelidou, ACC, is founder of Creative Empowerment, specializing in leadership coaching and team development. She is a member of the 2012 ICF Global Conference Steering Committee and co-chair of the marketing subcommittee. Katerina loves connecting with people, so feel free to connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.