This month I’m being highly intentional about celebrating. What this means is that, throughout my day, when I do something I feel good about–even if it is minor–I take a micro-second to give myself a mental pat on the back, a congrats, a high-five, do a little skip…You get the picture.

This post is a slightly different way of celebrating because it is more public. As I write this post, what has surfaced for me is that publicly celebrating an accomplishment is not comfortable for me (especially when that celebration is self-initiated) 😬. I’ve been talking myself into writing this post for the past 2 days…

Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation

The good news I am celebrating is that I am now officially certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Yipeee! I have been working steadily towards this since March 2019.

Certification involved:

  • Completing an accredited coaching course (I did that online through Coach Training EDU, a school that is based in Portland, OR)
  • Doing 100+ hours of coaching
  • Being evaluated on multiple occasions by mentor coaches, coaches who have that status through the ICF
  • Passing a written exam

Focus and Consistent Effort

One thing I know about myself is that I have quite a bit of discipline and determination. As I reflect on the process of completing the requirements for the certification, a practice that helped is being consistent in my effort over the past year. I had calculated that I needed to coach approximately 3-4 hours/week for 1 year in order to meet my (own, self-determined) timeline. I made sure to meet that mini-goal, knowing that — eventually — I would get to my bigger goal of certification.

And, I did.

Over to You

Can you think of a time when your ability to be consistent (e.g., in your “effort”, in doing the work, or showing up, or whatever it took for you) helped you meet your goal?

Please let me know! I always love hearing from my readers. Please comment below or contact me.

Photo credit:  Matthew Henry

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