Welcome to a Darn Good Decade. A group coaching program that will guide you on a mindful journey to close out 2019 and start 2020 with purpose and intention. Over the course of 10 days, you will celebrate last decade’s accomplishments, find clarity on what you want the next decade to look like, and start creating a plan to get there.
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“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” ― Bill Gates
What is Darn Good Decade?
The idea for Darn Good Decade came to me during my last hiking trip of the year. Realizing that a decade was ending, I thought to myself, I should do something really big to close out the year. I want to celebrate my accomplishments and let go of what is no longer serving me. I long to define my desires for the next decade and get clear on my why. I want to identify the next right steps to get there, have fun, and build accountability along the way.
I don’t want to just set goals and targets. I want to take a deep look at how far I’ve come and create a clear picture of where I want to go. I want all of it to align with who I am and what I value―I want it to be a mindful and soulful journey.
As I started thinking about what I was planning to do, I started to think of people who I know will want to do this too. And then I thought, What if I opened it up to everyone? Just like that, Darn Good Decade was born, darn good name and all.
Why just Darn Good and not extraordinary?
First and foremost, I like the sound of Darn Good and I’m trying to listen to my inner voice instead of Googling things like, titles that sell.
Second, I’m Minnesotan.
In 1993, Twin Cities Public Television broadcast a special called How to Talk Minnesotan, adapted from a satirical book by the same name. You can check out the How to Talk Minnesotan special here if you’re interested.
Lesson number three for talking Minnesotan is The Power of Negative. Creator Howard Mohr says, “It’s okay to feel good about things here. But there’s no sense running down the street telling people about it at the top of your voice. Minnesotan’s prefer to express their positive feelings through the use of negatives because it naturally levels things out.” If you’re from Minnesota, you know what I’m talking about here.
In short, Darn Good Decade is Minnesotan for the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious decade ever!
In all seriousness though, How to Talk Minnesotan is poking fun at this behavior. I also know that it’s not just a Minnesota thing. This is important because the words we think and say become our reality. So while you might feel uneasy telling people that your last decade was epic, fabulous, or sublime; I bet you’d be happy to say It was Darn Good! And that’s a big improvement over using The Power of Negative.
What should I expect?
How do I know I’ll get my money’s worth?
One of my most important goals for one on one coaching clients is for them to feel like they received way more value than they paid for. I plan to deliver that same level of service to this group coaching program at a rate that’s affordable.
What is coaching anyway?
If you’re new to coaching, there are a few things you should know. Coaching is a discovery-based process where you are guided to find the solution within and are held accountable to implement it. Coaching is not the same as counseling or therapy. Coaching is future-focused with an emphasis on creating actionable strategies to achieve values-aligned goals.
According to research by the International Coaching Federation, the top four reasons people engage with a coach include:
- 64% are looking for help in achieving their goals
- 51% want to feel happier
- 48% are looking to find their purpose
- 44% want to do what they love
People who engage with a personal coach report improvement in several areas:
- 80% showed improved self-confidence
- 73% reported better relationships
- 72% showed improved communication skills
- 70% reported better performance at work
If you want to learn more about coaching, my approach, and client experiences, click here.
What else will I get?
Along with the benefits above, you can expect the following when you participate in Darn Good Decade:
- A daily lesson that will guide you to look inward as you review what went well over the last decade, dream of exhilarating possibilities for the next, and create plans to make those dreams a reality.
- Activity guides with prompts to guide you through each lesson.
- Printables to remind you of your goals and accomplishments.
- Daily interaction with me and other group members.
- Personalized follow up on your specific goals and progress.
- The opportunity to set aside dedicated time to invest in you so you can show up as the best version of yourself for you and those you love.
How can I participate?
Since we’re transitioning to a new decade, you’ll see a lot of 10s throughout this program. That starts with a daily 10-minute lesson for 10 days. Each lesson will be accompanied by an activity for you to complete on your own time. You can put as much time as you want into the activity. You could invest as little as 10 minutes to more than an hour. It’s completely up to you, your level of detail, and how quickly you process ideas, dreams, and plans.
It Starts December 9th
A new lesson will go live each weekday between Monday, December 9th and Friday, December 20th. All lessons will be recorded so no need to worry about something coming up. You’ll also have the ability to download them and use them to guide you through future planning sessions.
Registration Opens November 6th
Registration will open on Wednesday, November 6th. It will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 4th or when the program is full. Please sign up as soon as you know you’ll be able to attend to ensure you have a spot.
Enjoy the Holidays
I feel strongly that it’s better to make our New Year plans before the new year begins. So it’s important to me that we finish this program before the holidays. That way when Christmas and New Year’s come, you’ll be able to enjoy time with your loved ones, confident that your plan for 2020 is already in place.
What You Need to Participate
You will need a way to call in for the lessons with either a phone, google voice, or skype. If you are unable to call in, you’ll be able to download every call grom Google Drive. You will need a device to access the activity guides to either print or write them out in your journal. If you’re able to access this page, you’ll be able to participate.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
What is my investment?
Budget your time.
Before you commit to the program, be sure that you are committed to investing time into yourself and the program. I’ll do everything in my power to guide you through the process, but you’re going to need to do the work.
You get to decide how much time you invest and it will be different for everyone. I like to give myself a lot of time to reflect and plan at the end of each year. My husband, on the other hand, moves through it pretty quickly. I bet you have a pretty good idea of how much time will be right for you.
Along with a 10-minute lesson, there will be a daily activity. Some will be quick, other days might take longer, and some things you’ll want to circle back to. An hour each day would be a good estimate for most people. Can you set aside 5 hours each week to invest in yourself and enjoy a more satisfying new year?
In all my years of coaching, I’ve found that one of the biggest struggles we share is not having enough time. But if we’re just looking at numbers, we actually have a lot of time. We get 8,760 hours each year, and an extra 24 next year. It’s up to each of us to decide how we spend that time. Yes, we all have commitments, jobs, families, and other priorities. But at the end of the day, we are accountable for how we choose to spend our time.
If you’re struggling to find 5 hours each week, ask yourself what you can cut. The most obvious place to start is social media. The average person is said to spend 2.5 hours each day on social media. Just taking 2 days off per week would give the average user 5 hours back.
But let’s say you’re one of those people who has everything dialed in. You cut yourself off after 30 minutes of social media and threw out your television years ago. Unless you’re wrangling a career and a young family, I bet there’s still something you could cut.
There are so many unimportant things I’ve cut in order to invest time in what’s important to me. I quit cleaning my house every week and pruning tomatoes. I batch my errands and limit Costco runs to once a month. I try to only pay bills and balance the budget once a month. And I spend a much more reasonable amount of time on my daily workouts these days in order to do other things that are equally as important to me.
What are you willing to cut to invest in your future?
Budget your money.
How much do you spend on books and courses to help you grow into the person you want to be? How much do you invest in nutritious food and activities that keep you healthy? How much do you spend on experts and coaches to help you get to the next level?
There’s no right or wrong answer. I also believe that it’s going to fluctuate from year to year. What’s important is that you start seeing your life as something you should be investing in. Just as much as (if not more) your home, retirement portfolio, and your children’s education. Just think about how your return on investment in YOU could flow into all those other areas.
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you just want to know how much the investment is already. The entire two-week program and follow up, is available for only $220. That’s just $110 per week.
It was important to me that I make it affordable so it’s accessible to more people. I also want it to be enough of an investment that you’re motivated to put in the time.
With the holidays coming up, $220 might feel like a stretch for some of you. As with time, we are accountable for how we choose to spend our money. Yes, there are things we have less control over, like property taxes and the student loans we took out before we were old enough to buy alcohol. But most of us could find a handful of things to cut from our monthly budget.
When my husband, Jer, and I decided to create financial freedom by paying off our mortgage, we cut dining out, new clothes, most travel, cable TV, and much more. The crazy thing is that all these years later, we’ve added back just a portion of what we spent before we decided to cut back. While it’s fun to eat out once in a while, I don’t miss ordering takeout and weekly Sunday Funday.
What are you willing to give up for a short time so you have the margin to invest in yourself?
“To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the “what is next”, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” – Mark Twain
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