What about my 2008?

It is that time of the year when we look back at the past year and start thinking about the next. In Turning 2008 into 80-20 I listed what I intended to focus on during 2008:
• In fall 2007 I finished a course and became a professional coach. Coaching is my baby for 2008 and where most of my efforts will be focused.
• I will set off time for my blogging efforts with the intention to post regularly at my three main blogs. The fourth one, doodling, is for fun and requires no set schedule.
• On a more personal level I intend to enjoy life, be in the here and now.

I would say I have managed 2.5 out of three. Number one and number three are related since I love working as a coach, it makes me enjoy life and what I do. During the year I have invested more time in practizing yoga and mindfulness. I am pleased with the result on those two. My blogging has been going up and down, I will probably have to reconsider that issue for 2009.

I have decided to walk my talk and that will definately affect my plans for 2009. Plans are currently in the works, I am using the book Your Best Year Yet as a toolbox for that. To make things happen next year I intend to use The Manifestation Wheel which is an interesting concept.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

Your Best Year Yet

This review is about Your Best Year Yet – The 10 questions that will change your life forever, written by Jinny Ditzler. I came across this book since it should be the topic for a breakfast seminar at CoachCompanion. The book felt right and I ordered the book at once, before being at the seminar.

I like this book a lot, it is well written and has a clear concept. The book is in three parts, first an introduction, then a part with a chapter for each of the ten questions and finally a workshop with forms for each of the ten questions. It says ‘three hours to change your life’, that is what the workshop part will take you.

You can go straight to working with the ten questions but I found it very useful to read part one and two before that. In part two with chapters per question you will get an understanding of why these questions, why in this order and what will you gain in the process. There are also examples for each question that helps you get started.

The strongest motivation for doing Best Year Yet is that you find the way to live your life so it shows what really matters to you – so you are true to yourself.

These are the ten questions, you start with looking back on your past year and then start working on the coming year:
1. What did I accomplish?
2. What were my biggest disappointments?
3. What did I learn?
4. How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
5. What are my personal values?
6. What roles do I play in my life?
7. Which role is my major focus for the next year?
8. What are my goals for each role?
9. What are my top ten goals for the next year?
10. How can I make sure I achieve them?

Question four is about how we limit ourselves and how to stop that.

Our limiting beliefs about ourselves become like brick walls in front of us, keeping us from even thinking about how to make the big changes or set the big goals.

Question five is about personal values, that chapter has an interesting part about life pursuits. Which one is yours?
I What can I do to prove myself? To be good enough?
II What can I do with the gifts I have?

Question six is about our roles in life. Jinny points out the importance of taking care of ourselves:

You must take care of yourself so you can take care of others and carry out your responsibilities.

In question eight about goals, Jinny connects back to values from question five:

Value-driven goals lead to behaviour and performance which are true expressions of who we are.

I highly recommend this book if you want a toolbox that helps you improve your life. Learn from the past and more about yourself, all in order to make the next year your best year yet.

Read more:
Best Year Yet, FREE Online Workshop
Your Best Year Yet! – the introduction
Best Year Yet – website
Know Yourself Change Yourself, a great book about beliefs and values.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

I walk my talk

Coaching often is about goals and making dreams come through. I got my coach training in the fall of 2007. During 2008 I have shared my time between Logica and my own coaching business. My heart is in coaching, I have found my passion, yet I stayed at Logica.

When Logica in December decided to downsize a window of opportunity opened for me. I got an offer to leave on short notice, we signed the deal today. This means I leave Logica at the end of December and from 2009 it is my coaching business that gets my undivided attention.

This will be an interesting ride, I intend to make 2009 my best year yet, wish me luck.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.


When I woke up today I had two words spinning in my head. The first one, ochoa, is Basque and means wolf. That does not ring any bell so I guess it was not important after all. The other word was lightworker which I had to look up. At Wikipedia it said:

Lightworkers are people who feel inspired to help others through “Shining Their Light”, teaching, spiritual meditation, healing, prayer, writing and speaking with Universal Love.

This makes more sense and I searched for more information. At Steve Pavlina I found a very interesting post about something he calls the Lightworker Syndrome.

This is what happens when someone wakes up to a higher level of consciousness, but they can’t figure out how to live on purpose and feed themselves at the same time.

Steve Pavlina ends his post with a quote by Marianne Williamson. The quote starts like this:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

I have found my passion but there is also my spiritual interest. Now I need to figure out how to make a living from my passion and spiritual interest.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

My own goals for 2008

It is that time of the year again. A year break is a good time to look back at what went right (or wrong) and to plan ahead. I have set my goals for 2008, divided into personal ones and professional ones. They are about changes I want to make, what is already working will hopefully continue to do so.

My professional goals are these:

1. Organize and simplify
Zen To Done is a simple system to get you more organized and productive, and keep your life saner and less stressed. Even though it is a simple system it is about changing habits. My goal is to have all ten habits in place by the end of 2008. Since it takes about a month to make a new habit stick there are work to be done. I have already started on some of the habits, read more here. And here is about Turning 2008 into 80-20.

2. Coaching
During the fall I took an ICF certified coach training and got my diploma on November 29. Coaching starts out as a sidekick but my goal for 2008 is to turn my coaching into a viable business.

3. Networking
I have a profile at XING and a profile at LinkedIn. My goal for 2008 is to make my network more active. Plus that I intend to strengthen my real life network, people I can meet.

My personal goals are these:

1. Staying inquisitive
Being curious is what keeps me going and a great way to learn new things. It works today and for next year I will keep in mind not to let it slip because there are much else to do.

2. Exercise more
I do ten minutes of yoga every morning and do walk often, for instance at lunch on workdays. My goal for 2008 is to add more yoga, most likely at home, to walk more and also walk more out in the nature.

3. Eat healthier
It started to change under 2007. Next year I want it to get even better.

My horoscope at Google says this today:

You could be tempted to overlook current responsibilities in order to put your grandiose schemes into play. Sure, this can mean fun, but don’t jump into the fire until you are sure what you’ll do when it gets hot.

I think I will opt for a nice mix of Life, plans and opportunities.

Note: Photo by Peter Kaminski.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.