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ICF Michigan Newsletter

May 2017

 

Coaches Column  


Habits and Routines

Nan Reed Twiss

Nan Reed Twiss

 

Our three children were really small, maybe 1, 3, and 5...I was exhausted and I never seemed to be able to get anything done. When I shared this with a friend, she had one simple question: What kind of routine did I have?
 
Routine? What routine?
 
15 years later, I now understand the wisdom behind that word. Coaching especially has helped me get it. Routines. Habits. They can make us or break us.
 
Although the brain research wasn't around when my friend raised this question, neuroscience and psychology today have a lot to say about the subject. For example, Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit or BJ Fogg's research on how tiny habits create big change are great resources for us coaches.
 
If we consciously select our habits or routines to support our goals, they can help us make daily progress on what is most important without effort. (If you've followed the research on will power, you'll know how important that is.)
 
For example, I have recently developed a painful case of plantar fasciitis. My physical therapist gave me various exercises to do at home, and frankly, I found them hard to remember to do...until I intentionally turned them into habits using research from the behavioral sciences.
 
One thing that is supposed to help is balancing on one foot (something about spine/hip alignment). So, rather than doing the "exercise," I've developed the habit of standing on one foot...e.g. when brushing or flossing my teeth, or every Sunday when I stand to sing in church.
 
Here are the critical things to know when developing new habits:

  1. Anchor the new habit to a habit you already have - one that is strongly established (e.g. so automatic you don't even think about it).
  2. Make the new habit really small and easy.
  3. Celebrate (even if it feels hokey, reinforce your success by creating an emotional reward - a mini happy dance or simply an "I did it!" each time you do it).
  4. Practice before trying to establish the habit: rehearse the sequence 5-8 times to establish the routine.

My clients have successfully used this process to develop solid writing habits, to transform their email habits, or to go from hating exercise to becoming exercise addicts.
 
What habit might you develop in your coaching practice? How could you use this to help your clients? Let us know!

Nan

Nan Reed Twiss

2017 ICF Michigan Board Champion 

 

NEWS FROM ICF MICHIGAN 

WE MISSED YOU!  

At the last MICC on May 4th at the VisTaTech Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College in Livonia. We had a great morning discussing sales and marketing strategies for coaches! Thanks to the panel and to all the participants for such a lively discussion! Watch our weekly announcements for upcoming events!

ICF MICHIGAN MEMBER COACH CELEBRATIONS 

We celebrate with Dmitry Kondratyev upon the publication of his first book, The Four Wheel Alignment for Your Life: The Model, which he describes as a maintenance manual for tuning up your life.  Congratulations Dmitry!

  

If you have something to celebrate, we want to hear from you! Have you recently completed a training?  Received your credentials? Been honored? Please send your coaching-related successes to get posted in the next newsletter to support@icfmichigan.org by June 5th for the next newsletter. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR PRO BONO COACHING 

Looking for an excellent opportunity to offer pro bono coaching? Consider Women For Change, a non-profit organization that makes coaching accessible to lower-income women who are seeking to change their lives. The coaching program covers a 12-week period. If you are a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation or International Association of Coaches, Jackie Browning can give you more information. Contact her at parkside@parksideconsultants.com and start bringing positive change to someone's life.

 

IT IS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL MONTH!  

Later this week you will be getting notification to renew your ICF Michigan membership, which expires at the end of May. Your renewal will be good until May of 2018. Please be on the lookout for this email so you can continue to benefit from all that we have to offer our members.

 

NEWS & RESOURCES FROM ICF GLOBAL

ICF GLOBAL CONFERENCE RETURNS IN AUGUST 2017

Registration is now open for ICF Converge 2017
The first ICF Global Conference since 2012 will be held August 24-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at Marriott Wardman Park. This first-of-its-kind global event is designed to strengthen connections within the coaching community and offer cutting-edge opportunities.

INTERNATIONAL COACHING WEEK  

International Coaching Week (ICW) has been scheduled for May 15-21, 2017! ICW is an annual week-long global celebration of the coaching profession.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST 

*  The Value of Checking In: http://bit.ly/2pEkFPn
*  Contracting in Coaching - Learning the Hard Way: http://bit.ly/2p8tHCQ
*  Avoiding Scams and Shady Deals Targeting Coaches: http://bit.ly/2pMgMVx

 

2017 BOARD MEMBERS

Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions. 

 

Vicki Hepler, President

Mary Selzer, Past President

 


Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator

MISSION STATEMENT

A dynamic, diverse community of coaches, which grows, develops, connects, and serves  

our members, supporting communities and individuals with the highest standards of professional coaching.

 

CHOICE MAGAZINE

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coaching industry.

ICF Michigan members
can use discount code  PROUDMEMBERICF to receive a 10% discount on purchases. 
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RENEW (OR JOIN) ICF GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP TODAY

 

All non-renewed ICF memberships expired on March 31, 2017.

June 5 is the last day that expired ICF Members will have access to ICF Member benefits, including member-only sections of the ICF website, member discounts, and professional developmental opportunities.

ICF Membership provides credibility, community and opportunities for continuous professional growth.

Renewing your ICF Membership is the best way to set yourself apart in a crowded marketplace. 

By choosing to rejoin ICF in 2017, you'll enjoy continued access to cutting-edge research, resources and marketing tools that help you become the best coach you can be.

As an ICF Member, you'll also continue to enjoy the many benefits of ICF Global Membership, including discounts on ICF Credential applications (initial and renewal), discounted registration for ICF Converge 2017, and products and services from ICF's Business Solutions Partners. Invest in yourself and your career: Rejoin ICF for another year. 

 

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN ICF MICHIGAN

There are lots of great reasons to join ICF Michigan, whether you are just starting out as a coach or have an established career... 

Check them out here!

 

LINKS TO OUR CURRENT TELECLASSES AND CALLS

 

TELECLASS WITH GUEST SPEAKER PETER BREGMAN
May 18 at 1:00 pm 
 

Topic: "3 Ways Your Clients Get Significant Traction in a 30-Minute Session"
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CORE COMPETENCY TELECLASS 

June 13 at 2:30 pm 

Topic: "Co-Creating the Relationship: Coaching Presence"
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