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XV. An Academic, Writing: Celebrating My Academic Coaching and Writing Achievements

Feb 27, 2013 by Lee Skallerup Bessette

I’m nearing the halfway point in my 12-week coaching experience. While I haven’t completed every single goal I had optimistically set out to do, I am certainly a much better writer than I was at the beginning of January when I started working with my coach, Moira.

I have completed a rough draft of the introduction to my book.

I have re-incorporated swimming into my schedule by limiting distractions and using my time more efficiently.

I have had a breakthrough in terms of how I view my career moving forward, letting go of some of my fears of failure based on my current non-tenure position.

These are all major accomplishments, and coaching has helped me achieve these things.

This post is really difficult for me to write because I don’t often take the time to celebrate whatever accomplishments I have just achieved. Celebrating my achievements sounds self-indulgent and unproductive. I’m always looking two or three steps ahead, trying to anticipate the pitfalls that I expect to get in my way, rather than enjoying the moment itself. But through coaching, I’m learning that not only do I need to take a break every hour to regain my bearing after an intense writing session, I also need to take breaks after achieving significant milestones. I am learning that enjoying the feeling of accomplishment is important to my productivity. After all, feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction are the primary reasons I am writing this book

It’s been nice to be able and look back over my accountability documents and see just how far I’ve come in a relatively short period of time. If nothing else, I know that I can do this academic writing thing. That’s a pretty big deal in and of itself.

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