by Joe Donaldson

Well, that was interesting! 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror. Happy New Year!

Many of us enter 2021 grateful for a “do-over!” Some of us just want a “return to normal,” – whatever that is. We might be tempted to just shred our 2020 calendars in an attempt to re-live 2019 or even 2018. Let me share with you why I think this would be a bad idea.

First, those previous days and years are in the past. We can no more return to those days than we can re-live yesterday. Let’s take some of the valuable lessons learned in 2020 and use them to chart a new course – a better, more productive, and effective course in 2021. Set aside a few minutes at the start of this new year to reflect on the lessons you have learned which will prepare you to lean in to 2021 prepare for what God has for you.

Second, the world and our lives have changed dramatically. Many of the things we remember about pre-COVID are not coming back. Industry, retail, and churches have all changed, and most won’t return to their previous delivery systems. I just participated in a virtual memorial service with over 120 people in attendance. In many ways, it seemed better than if we had held the service in person! Online shopping, curbside pick-up, and virtual events are here to stay in one form or another. How will you pivot how you coach, and how you build your coaching business?

Third, the changes revealed in 2020 were already in the works. The rate of change just intensified in 2020 – happening in a few weeks and months rather than years. Almost daily I am amazed at how well some have made the pivot to this new reality. A strip mall near us has established permanent curbside pick-up locations shared by all the retailers and restaurants throughout the parking lot. An NYC church has created an online choir and is recording dozens of sing-along hymn videos complete with lyrics. Major corporations, universities, and government agencies have discovered they can work and deliver their services beyond the walls of physical buildings and campuses. Fast-food chains have expanded their drive-thru capacities. Some of these changes – and the speed in which they occurred – may be difficult for some of those you coach. Listen beneath the words your clients use for clues to their fears, frustrations, and frozenness. Then coach them well toward a better reality in 2021!

May these words from Paul serve as an encouragement and reminder to you this year:

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…” Philippians 3.13-14

CCNI is grateful to have you as part of our community of coaches. We look forward to serving you and connecting with you in 2021 and beyond!

 

Joe Donaldson (ACC) is currently the President-Elect for CCNI and will serve as President in 2021. Joe is a Licensed Trainer for the COACH Model for Christian Leaders, an author and seminar leader for the How-To Manual for Volunteer Youth Leaders. He has extensive speaking/teaching experience with groups ranging from 5 to 500. He also is a certified Church Consultant with Society for Church Consultants and has 35 years full-time pastoral ministry experience.