It is essential to get the beginning of any coaching journey spot on. If you make the right preparation s for achieving your goal, you will enjoy the process of achieving it and have greater success. Preparing to achieve a goal involves getting the balance right between taking time to do things and attacking your goal with vigour.
If you decide to work with a professional coach, your coach will discuss with you from the beginning how to get the most out of your sessions. If you are self coaching then the following bits of advice should come in useful for you.
Schedule your coaching time in your diary or calendar and treat is a important. A lot of us sacrifice personal time for the benefit of others, if you count among these people then make time for you. You will be better prepared to face down the important situations in your life if you have given yourself a clear space for coaching.
There are of course going to have to be times when you cancel a coaching session due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, but thinking of your coaching as a major priority in your life helps you to challenge yourself when you are tempted to sacrifice the coaching time for something else.
The best place to plan your path of personal development is in a quiet physical space. Quiet space is often at a premium in the modern world so think of using a library or your own house if it is quiet enough. If you are using a professional coach over the telephone, you need the peace of mind that you are not going to be disturbed.
If you are using your own house, don’t be afraid to be creative with the setting of you personal space, for instance, by placing candles and playing soft music. The important thing is for you to feel relaxed in your personal space, as if you were in your own private womb.
If you are experienced in goal setting, then take the time to review past goals. Take a few moments to review your progress from previous sessions. You usually will discuss these kind of things with a life coach, but reflecting quietly to yourself beforehand makes this part of the coaching more focused and in the right frame of mind. The equivalent of this in self-coaching is to self talk.
Beginning a journal to record your coaching sessions will help you keep track of your progress. Your journal should include notes about what you have discovered in your sessions and answers to empowering questions. Your journal should be complemented with an exercise book.
This exercise book should be used to complete assignments between sessions. Many professional coaches recommend we complete homework in between sessions. This may be something as simple as reflecting on an idea or belief, or it may involve a specific exercise or piece of research to move you closer to your goals.
If you are self-coaching you may want to complete these activities with a friend, or get hold of various resources from books and the internet to help you.
After each session, you should spend time drawing upon your experiences and putting your thoughts together to refine your actions. If you are working alongside a professional coach you can get in touch with them confirming the actions you have agreed upon. If you are self-coaching then write down your suggestions anyway and view them from an objective position.
You may be quite familiar with the concept of personal development, after reading books, attended programmes, working through your own goals. Or maybe this is the first time you have had an exposure to the concept of personal development.
Coaching is what you enter into when you have decided that a process in the best form of personal development. Coaching is a mechanism for bringing all the knowledge you have gained about yourself so far and then building a framework that will get you to where you want to be at another time.
The great thing about coaching is that you enter into a process of personal development that builds on your existing strengths, but challenges you to develop new skills. Coaching is the path to self-fulfilment and getting out of a rut you may be in.
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