Posted by Russ Irwin

Posted on 19th Dec, 2016

happy holidaysMerry Christmas from the Irwin & Associates Coaching team!

Christmas and the New Year are a perfect time for all of us to look back and reflect upon our year and our lives so far. Surrounded by friends, family, and Christmas merriment, it’s easy to keep a positive mindset while both thinking of accomplishments and taking stock of where you want to make changes.

Reflection is so important – in fact, you can’t make any progress unless you reflect on where you are now – but it’s not your last step. I encourage everyone to really think about the changes you want to make in your life and what you can do in the year to come to push yourself toward your full potential.

I’ve said before that life has seasons, and although they don’t always line up with the external seasons, I have found that at Christmas time people tend to be in the “winter season” (taking inventory of where you are and digging deep). At New Years, many of us enter the internal spring season (letting go of what was and embracing dreams).

Allow these moods to sweep over you. The New Year is a time for new beginnings and for you to make a real commitment to achieving your goals and dreams – to reaching peak performance in your career and in your life.

If you are the type who makes New Year resolutions, choose something this year that aligns with your passions and strengths, and that will help you become who you want to be. Then as you go through 2017, don’t consider that resolution a “should-do” – if you are to create an extraordinary life, that resolution needs to be a “must-do”.

Christmas Charity Giving – City Kidz in Hamilton

City KidzAs well as a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, the holidays are a time of giving and charity. This year, please consider allocating some of your charitable giving to an organization I truly admire and believe in: City Kidz in Hamilton.

This fantastic organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are living in poverty, empowering them to dream big dreams and reach their full potential despite challenging circumstances.

During the holiday season, they undertake a few special activities to make Christmas merrier for local children in need:

  • Gift of Christmas: Providing a warm Christmas meal, a festive party with friends, and a gift hand-delivered to their door on Christmas Eve.
  • Toy Drive: Giving the joy of a Christmas gift.

Please consider donating to support their hard work. Click here to go to the City Kidz website.

I hope you and your families are able to enjoy the gifts and spirit of Christmas together, and that you have joy in the New Year!


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About Russ Irwin

Russ is a highly sought after executive and business coach due to his unique qualifications and talents, including 17 years of entrepreneurial success, over 9 years of executive coaching experience, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master’s in Behavioural Sciences. Russ is also an experienced international keynote conference and seminar speaker.