January 2010 Vol 3, Issue 1
Creative Coaching Group
LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter

Greetings!

Jan Carley
I wrote this on New Year's Eve as I sat in my mom's kitchen in Ontario, watching the snow fall gently, happily looking forward to NOT making any New Year's resolutions that night. 
 
Instead, I am spending the entire month of January dreaming up new ideas, themes, and creative possibilities for my business and my life for 2010 and then I will roll up my sleeves and push pedal to the metal in February.
 
See the feature article below with 3 easy steps to start your New Year in February and then click here for my New Year's gift to you - a free download of the chapter on "Do-able Goal Setting" from my new book, Harmony from the Inside Out.)
 
My best wishes to all of you for a joyful, healthy and fulfilling year. I look forward to inspiring and supporting you any way that I can.
 
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Jan Carley,
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group
Feature Article: 
3 STEPS TO STARTING YOUR NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY
 
                                                  
February 2010After spending all my adult years making ambitious New Year's resolutions, I have finally realized that the making of huge goals on December 31 that cover every unanswered thing I said I would do for the past decade has never ended up having a very high success rate. Generally I have neither completed nor stuck to most of those goals past mid-January.  
 
January is a tough month for many  - after a monster December of celebration, eating, socializing and for many, emotional memory-filled moments, it seems counter-intuitive to think we will be mentally and emotionally ready to be lined up at the starting line, ready to leap when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31st.  
 
This year I said "Enough!" and decided that instead of making New Year's Resolutions, I would spend my January in reflection, contemplation, restoration, dreaming and planning, and setting myself up for a year of success beginning in February. Here's how I am doing it - won't you join me?  
 
3 STEPS TO STARTING YOUR NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY
 
1/ COMPLETE
Completion of the year that has passed is important for being able to move forward unencumbered into a bright and joyful new year.  In order to complete, we first need to reflect and remember.
I like to look at 8 areas of my life in this process:  Relationships (Family, Friends, Love), Recreational Activities (aka Fun!), Career/Business, Personal growth and development, health and fitness, Financial, Home, My contribution to the world.
I grab a piece of paper and make 4 columns - what worked in 2009, what sucked, what I learned, what I want to change - sit down with a strong cuppa java, good tunes playing, and let my mind go.  There is something about the simple acknowledgment of "what was" that is incredibly freeing. 
When you are finished your lists, read them over, and reflect. Take time to fully acknowledge and celebrate your "Woo Hoo!" moments. (for those of you with an extra-long football field, spend even more time on this step).  Take time to fully acknowledge and feel your disappointments or losses. Sit with your lists for as long as you need to.  And then say goodbye to them and move on to creating your 2010.
 
"No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."  - Marie Robinson   
 
2/ CREATE 
This is the fun part. This is where you get to dream about your possibilities, your dreams.  Don't get caught up in the "HOW" in this step, just keep dreaming. Use the same 8 areas of your life and think; What do I want in 2010?  What do I want to build on? In what areas do I want to grow? Learn? Contribute?  
 
3/ SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
By now I can imagine that you have a huge list of exciting possibilities for your life. I know that you want to get started on them right away. Remember, January is the month for planning, not doing. This is time to set yourself up for success in 2010 by focusing and clarifying what is MOST important to you, what will make the most positive difference in your life in 2010. 
Pick ONE item in each of the areas you have identified above that will make the most difference to your life in 2010. (You don't have to abandon the other 99 things on your list. I just want you to be able to really focus your energies for maximum success.) Write each of those 8 items on a separate piece of paper. Now, halve that group again so you have only 4 items left. 
On the pieces of paper you have identified the FOUR things that will make the most positive difference to your life in 2010.  If you are having trouble winnowing your items down, get a friend to choose for you. Your gut reaction to the ones they take away will quickly tell you which areas you are most passionate about focusing on.
 
Now complete the planning process by downloading my New Year's gift to you - "DO-ABLE GOAL SETTING- THE POWER OF INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT" - a chapter from my new book, Harmony from the Inside Out.
 
I'll meet you in the starting blocks in February!
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We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.   ~Ellen Goodman, author

Workshop: "I'M STARTING MY NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY"

  
Wednesday, January 20, 2010    7:00 - 9:30 pm
 
Let 2010 be the year that you spend the first half of January without the frantic attempts to change everything in your life that you haven't managed to change for the past ten years.
Set yourself up for SUCCESS in 2010 by deciding to START YOUR NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY.
 
Jan Carley Workshop Facilitator
How to do it:
1/ Register for this workshop and decide ON PURPOSE that you will START YOUR NEW YEAR IN FEBRUARY
2/ Relax and spend January celebrating the year that was, and dreaming and visioning what you want your 2010 to look like
3/Turn those dreams into concrete action plans at the workshop and launch your new year in February
 
Harmony from the Inside Out
 Harmony from the Inside Out
Harmony from the Inside Out -
Creating and Living your Performance Potential 
 
My first book, Harmony from the Inside Out - Creating and Living your Performance Potential, is filled with concepts and exercises  that will add joy and possibility to your life. Click here to order! 
 
With chapters such as: The "A" Game - Living in Possibility;  Why Not? Eliminating Your Limiting Beliefs; and Getting in Tune - Clearing your Inner Static, Harmony from the Inside Out will inspire you to create and live your potential.
  
"Jan is Canada's Ben Zander (The Art of Possibility). Read this book - your life will thank you!"                                      
-Carollyne Conlinn, 2009 Canadian Coach of the Year
 
QUICK LINKS
 
Do you know anyone with Parkinson's disease?  If so, check out the book my brother, Gord Carley, wrote called Surviving Adversity - Living with Parkinson's Disease. The book contains 28 profiles of individuals who share their inspiring stories of how they have adjusted to Parkinson's disease.  The book will provide readers with perspective and hope. It's a must read for people with PD, their family and friends.  50% of the proceeds go to Parkinson's research. click here for more information
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