Can we just take a deep collective breath here... a sigh of relief that this huge year is coming to a close. I've got to say that despite the pressure and the challenges with the barreling train of 2020, it has stimulated some powerful change. On a positive note, I've pivoted my entire business this year - to show up and shine online without the benefit of real-life, person-to-person, heart-warming contact, and we've all been seriously amazed at how well our speaker training program has translated to a virtual setting. Yay!
What about you? How has 2020 forced positive shifts in your life?
If you can't wrap your head around that right now, my New Year's wish for you is to spend some reflective time as this year comes to a close.
To help, here's a simple practice from my signature CORE Repatterning work that can transform disappointment into gratitude. It always helps bring me back to center so I can find the gifts within the challenges.
1 - Identify something you are disappointed about, perhaps relating to the fallout of 2020. Let yourself feel the emotions that arise and notice where you feel them in your body. They may not be just in your head but could actually be in your heart, gut, throat or back.
2 - Consciously breathe into the sensation and speak out loud short phrases of the thoughts, feelings and emotions that are coming up for you. Phrases like "I feel hurt," "I'm scared," "I'm angry," "How could this have happened?" etc. Say each one three times. Keep focused on the sensation in your body and continue to speak your truth until the charge is neutralized.
3- Now ask yourself "What gifts came from this experience, and who have I become because of it?"
4- Notice how your inner state shifts.
5- Lastly, take your journal and pen and write about the transformation that happened within you.
I'd sure love to hear from you as you evaluate your year, release yourself from the fallout, and formulate a vision for reinvention in the new year.
As I reflect on things, I am eternally grateful that I still get to support people who never in a million years thought they'd feel comfortable in the spotlight. It warms my heart every single time I witness someone moving from freaked-out and nervous to claiming their cool, confident executive presence and trusting that the right words will come through. But instead of being able to show you photos of a room full of people, animated in full-body expression, I offer this Zoom capture below of the latest Level II public speaking training group that finished earlier this month. In our resilience, we still found a way to be together in community, still growing and celebrating success. Novel for sure. But potent nonetheless.