COACHd – 18 December 2020 – gratitude

This is the last ‘get COACHd on a Friday’ for 2020 and I thought it was a good time to pause and reflect on what 2020 has been. I am driving straight through the COVID experience that has surely affected us all and looking at this reflection from a position of gratitude.

I ask you to pause and reflect on the question

What is it that I am truly grateful for in 2020? 

To those that have been on the journey with me over the past 12 months, be it through being a participant in cocoaching, the development groups, coaching, supervision, a walking pal, another chatting coach, another community leader or member or someone that I speak to regularly about nothing in particular – thank you.

To you, if you are a person who likes the content of this eclectic prose and allows it into your practice – thank you.

We have done some good stuff.

We have grown as a community and have come together in the face of adversity making us stronger – a strength that alas I feel we will need to exercise as the financial challenges of 2021 start digging in.

Through the past months, your attendance at activities I have been involved in have helped to support some great charitable causes including

  • Unicef
  • a charity that supplies glasses to third world countries to help educational attainment
  • the Sparkhill Food Bank
  • Circles Network and
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.From these charities – thank you.

But I am picking up from friends that we are now weary.

We are tired of the call to attend another Zoom or Teams call, or another online conference or seminar.

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We crave for that face to face engagement again – we are social creatures after all.

We are needing a break, to take time out, to exercise gratitude, to pause and simply say thank you.

To celebrate the good bits and take time to reflect the lost.

To think what 2021 will be, not in terms of resolutions, but in terms of plans remembering that there are some things that we can control and a lot that we cannot. Remembering that what we can control is how we turn up, who we turn up as and when we turn up, what it is that we are doing what we do for.

I wish you all a very ‘reflective’ Christmas, whatever celebrations you are having.

Recharge and I will see you in 2021, perhaps for co-coaching on 5th January- Visit here to book in.

All my seasonal wishes.


PS – If you are interested in joining the chatting coaches call on Monday 21st December at 12 – please visit here to register first

Interesting Fact

Managers who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder. Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania randomly divided university fund-raisers into two groups. One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had. The second group assigned to work on a different day received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts. During the following week, the university employees who heard her message of gratitude made 50% more fund-raising calls than those who did not. (