Well today is my birthday and what a fine day it is! I love birthdays and all they represent. As a kid who was often sick and hospitalized, I learn to mark each birthday with real joy. Even at a young age I knew that to live another year meant that I had beaten the odds and could therefore do so again. I think the notion of beating the odds have become engrained in me and I have lived most of my life scraping through one life event after another. I am finally realizing that I am a winner and that to be a winner in all its sense, one needs to experience the art of winning. I remember putting off writing papers in university till the last possible minute, completing just before the extended deadline. I remember the feeling of having beat the odds after each of my two very high risk pregnancies. It wasn’t until my birthday reflections ten years ago that I realized I was holding myself back from the amazing reality of being a winner. This led to me changing my mindset about life and the actions I was taking in my own life. Since then, every birthday is an opportunity to look into my life and ask the questions, “What have I accomplished this past year?” “What else could I have done? ” “Is there room for improvement and what steps do I need to take?” “How has my actions over the past reflected my values and purpose?” Are there people in my life whose energy is clashing with my values and purpose?” “What level of influence do they have in my life and how much time do I need to spend with them?” I also look to see who in my life share similar values and purpose. Who is supporting me in my quest? How can I better support them and how much time do I want to spend with them in the coming year? How about you? Do you live in alignment with your values? I’d love to hear your birthday rituals; mine has served me really well and has allowed me to live my life chapters with vibrancy. Please share what works for you.
To Your Wellness,
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Strategist, Interpersonal Wellness Expert and Executive Coach who works with entrepreneurs, mid-career professionals, executives and their organizations to address challenges and conflicts, to maximize time, resources, energy and results, so they maintain life balance and wellness. She is also Director of the only ICF approved training program for Coaches and Wellness Facilitators in Manitoba. You can learn about the IWS Network of Coaches and Facilitators by clicking the link below.