A New Year For Health Coaches – 2021!
Lessons From 2020
2020 has been the longest year that went by very fast. While there has been a lot of adjustment to everything that became our reality this year, many of you have come out on top.
In a year like this, and really any year, it’s good to take a step back and review the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then make plans for next year based on all that we’ve learned. That is what I’m going to do here today.
There were bad things that pushed 2020 to be one of my most transitional years. 2021 is going to be extraordinarily good for me because of all the ugly that occurred in 2020.
I’m going to go backward so we can really appreciate the value of the bad and ugly
Our Health Coach Community is here for you. I’ve found that often, by helping others, I help myself. It’s good to contribute and be needed in times like this. We have a community of health practitioners with many specializations who are offering free help in our Healthy at Home Community with ongoing information to help build physical and mental health. Join us there.
The short list
For the sake of simplicity, I’m not going to list the little things unless they made big GOOD:
- civil unrest
- huge accident
- social distancing and isolation
- lack of trust
- physical therapy
These are just the things that roll off my fingers as I’m typing these. By the time you read this, there will be some more added, I’m sure.
It is amazing how close each of us is to true health and happiness. All we have to do is to take the power one step at a time. Make changes in your own life, and you’ll surely make a difference in the lives of others.
Each of us can spread health and happiness faster than a virus.
The short list
- kids out of school (this would make the ugly list for you who have children at home)
- no vacations
- the sudden stop in immediate gratification with all things being available to us on demand
- the sudden stop in a reliable service industry
- fear of our loved ones’ safety in confined, group living situations
- fear of our loved ones’ ability to cope with changes
- lack of ability to engage in activities we love
- such diversity of opinion that there was an unending source of friction between people
- income increase for many
- income decrease for many
- distancing from loved ones
I’m not going to break the bad and ugly into personal and business because it all affected everything and was universal in one way or another. I know there were worse uglies than I have listed here, these are just things I’ve experienced directly or indirectly.
- parents had more control over learning
- parents had more quality time with their children
- many of us had more time to ourselves to be mindful
- many of us had more time to ourselves to gain clarity
- (I) moved to a warmer climate to be more active year round
- (I) am more appreciative of all my working body parts
- (I) have downsized, reduced debt, footprint, and responsibilities
- (I) as many, have changed my work environment
- (I) as many, am living a healthier lifestyle
- (I) am closer to some family members
- (I) am seeing and hearing more from people who are most important to me on Facetime and Zoom
- (I) see suffering and have more clarity and ability to help
- (I) practice what I preach more
- (I) have met some astounding new people through service, medical, and social needs
- (I) have time alone to focus more on my relationship with my husband (sometimes goes in another category)
- many of us have become more healthy to weather a pandemic
- more empathy for others
- physical therapy
- many of us transitioned and were more profitable
- many of us found ourselves in a unique position to help others
- many of us found better ways to work
- many of us have had more time to plan
- many of us found we had a more attentive, interested market
- more loans were available
- more grants were available
- many of us got our affairs in order
- we focused on what was important in our business
- we focused on what was and wasn’t profitable in our business
- we cut out unnecessary expenses
- we made better use of our work time
- we cleared away clutter and other overwhelming parts of our business, physically and mentally
- authentic adjustment for discrepancy in gender, race, and age
- good customers
- good vendors
- opportunities to grow
Please share some of your good, bad, and ugly below. There are different weeks that would bring different things to mind. I know I left a lot out. I want to hear from you.
What do you plan to do in 2021?
My plans for 2021:
A virtual event in February with one-on-ones. I learned that I love connecting with you and I missed our 2020 event. This is so important to me that I’m going to credit all ticket purchases to the next live-in-person event.
Bigger things for Inner Circle Members. More value with Office Hours, more supplemental programs, more advertising goodies, lessons in Canva.
Talk less, smile more. (from Hamilton) I’m getting on camera more. Something I didn’t feel was necessary before has become more important to connect.
Podcast Topics to Help You Build Your Business. I was surprised that our podcasts that got the most listens are the ones aimed to help you move forward with your business. I’ll be doing more audio and video teaching.
Daily sunshine and exercise.
Fresh local foods.
Get plenty of sleep.
Plant a garden (starting that today).
Learn something new daily.
- eat more fruits and vegetables
- Minimize stress
- wash your hands
- get enough sleep
- drink in moderation
- exercise every day
- eat at home
- list your gratitude
- keep it clean
- a good book is your friend
- plant your garden
- forgive others
- share generously
- learn something new
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