(I recently presented this as a speech at my local Toastmasters Club)
I have heard it said, “If you don’t have a vision, you can never be focused in a direction.”
I wonder then, how do you set a goal, and once set what propels you to consistently move in that direction?
Perhaps, like me, you try searching the internet. This is fine, except for those times I don’t really know what I need to search for.
I ask friends and family. However, their answers are given from their own life perspective and experiences which may not quite align with mine.
To move forward I found I needed to look within myself.
How do I do that? In walks my introduction to a ‘life coach’.
You may have heard the term ‘life coach’ – you may even know someone who is a life coach. As with any other profession, there are various styles. Let me introduce you to Life Coaching as I use it in my own practice.
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a manner that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential; in other word – working ‘from the inside out’ rather than ‘from the outside in’.
My daughter, unknowingly, demonstrated to me a life coaching technique when she was a teenager.
She would come to me and say, “mom, I don’t want you to tell me what to do, I don’t want you to fix it, I want you to listen, to hear what I have thought through, and let me know if you see anything I may have missed or need to consider”
As a life coach, that is what I do. I listen. And I ask questions. I help you see what you are looking at from a different angle.
Last year over the Christmas holidays I opened a jigsaw puzzle and set it out. There were 5 of us working on this puzzle at the same time and this is what I learned: we had the picture in front of us and were in agreement of what the end goal was – to make these pieces look like that picture; however, each of us had our own method of reaching that goal. We all started out the same – find the outer edge pieces and make the border. But then, we each went our own way of working through the process. Jon took a piece and worked methodically along pieces already in place and tested to see if it fit, then moved on to another piece. Angela looked for pieces that fit together, even if just 2 or 3 pieces, and worked to create a lot of partial fittings. My granddaughter and I looked at what everyone else did and mottled through trying to expand from their work. A few times, we switched chairs. With the new perspective the pieces to the puzzle suddenly fit in places we had not noticed before. Everyone had their own method to reach the same goal.
As your life coach, I help you find your method to reach your goal. I provide you with the tools you need make the decisions you require to get the job done. I walk with you on your journey toward your goal. I will remind you of your goal, your values, your priorities along the way when life’s detours and road hazards call your focus away from your destination. And, as your life coach I celebrate with you your successes.
Are you ready for a Life Coach? Ask yourself these questions:
• Do I want to grow and change?
• Have I made efforts to change within the past year?
• Am I capable of thinking about the future?
• Am I open to learning?
• Am I committed to making changes?
• Am I willing to learn from others?
• Am I willing to take risks?
• Am I willing to restructure my life if necessary?
If you answered YES to any these questions, you might want to consider connecting with Life Coach to help you as move forward. If this is something you are interested in learning about, I have some references for you from organizations I am associated with that may be of help.
Working ‘from the inside out’ what jigsaw puzzles are developing your life? What steps are you taking you need to clarify? Are there detours on your path you have not considered? Maybe it’s time to ask a life coach to help fill your toolbox.
You have the vision, and now you have tools to keep you focused on the direction, it’s time to begin the journey.