One of my favorite aspects of coaching is that closure is built into the relationship from the start. As adults, closure isn’t built into our lives as frequently as it was when we were children.
Think of activities or projects you’ve experienced with premeditated closure: there’s college, summer camp or high school. But as adults, closure is elusive. You rarely start a job or a relationship with the end in mind. We acquire, achieve, and gain . . . but reducing, rewarding and appreciating, the yins to our accomplishment yangs, are given less attention.
You Never Start a Relationship or Job Planning the Dissolution
Imagine, on the first date, summing up your dinner partner and issuing the following proposal: “I think this will last about 6 months, so let’s figure out how to have a GREAT time during our brief affair. I’m thinking Vieques, Rio, and some outdoor sex? I need a date for this benefit in April…and let’s avoid meeting parents, because . . . well, with closure just 6 months away, why add the stress.”
Finite and Fun
In some ways, that could be great.
It’s refreshing to keep the end game in mind, and the things you need to do to get there. A short term bucket list if you will. My clients decide what they are going to do in the next 3 months, and then go for it. Some of my recent clients have had the following goals: Address my financial challenges. Find more time in my schedule. Clean out the house chaos so I can move forward in comfort.
These goals were set in December, and here we are in March, with goals accomplished. And, as inevitably happens with coaching, in order to get to the big goals, first we dig underneath and clear out the bigger stuff that’s been blocking us in the first place.
My clients get it done. Week by week, item by item, with great enthusiasm, vigor, passion for achieving the goal, and ultimately, closure.
There’s something particularly wonderful about the last sessions, when clients get to review what they’ve accomplished in the last few months, and how, those goals that felt big and unattainable have come to pass.
Care to try it? You can always give me a call and work together on something big and hairy (we’ll break down that big monster into little fur balls).
Or, you can get the closure celebration you need right now. Here are some coaching questions that will take you there. Give yourself the space to answer — find a quiet room with a laptop or paper and pen. Take 20 minutes, minimum. The more you write, the deeper your satisfaction will be.
5 Coaching Questions To Celebrate Closure
- Remember March, 2015? What were you doing? What are you doing now that would surprise you? Have you handled illness, moved, changed jobs or achieved a promotion? Managed children / parents? Taken on a new sport, instrument, built a garden?
- Looking back on last summer, what are you proud of? Vacations? Health goals? Making new friends or spending time with old friends?
- Is there a positive habit that you’ve developed since January? Eating less sugar, drinking less, going to bed earlier? Spending more time with family?
- Is there something that you’d like to do this spring / summer? Visit a local farm? Join a co-op? Pickle vegetables? Host an Easter or Passover get together?
- Is there someone near you that you’re jealous of? What is it, specifically that makes you jealous? Is there anyway that you could add some of those qualities / situations to your own life?
The first three questions are helpful for looking backwards, taking stock, and giving yourself the opportunity to acknowledge an accomplishment. The last two questions will help you set goals for the future so that you can move toward a goal purposefully.
Set goals, and most importantly, celebrate your accomplishments. Not just turning 40, but what you did in the prior years leading to this point. What are you proud of that you — badass you — accomplished?
Reflecting and acknowledging your accomplishments reinforced them in your brain, and leads to more of the same.