Life brings opportunities. You have a responsibility to yourself and your loved ones to push forward. You must respond with ability; these are the components of responsibility. Where is your energy directed? Where can you do the most good? What are you focusing on?
Are you looking back in anger and frustration? Are you wallowing in negativity and resignation with the Despair Triplets “coulda, shoulda, and woulda?” Or are you creating a vision for your future that engenders excitement and anticipation? Are you envisioning the life you truly desire and deserve?
It is easy—almost reassuring in a strange way—to look behind us and justify all the reasons that have us frozen in our tracks. It’s a little bit tougher, yet far more rewarding, to look to the horizon and take the next step, however small, and keep moving forward.
Life coaching focuses on an individual’s entire life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and change. In coaching, the assumption is that individuals are capable of generating their own solutions, while the coach provides a supportive, discovery-based framework. While positive emotions are typically the natural outcome of great coaching, the primary focus is on creating strategies for changing your work or personal life.
In addition, the true emphasis in coaching is on action, accountability, and follow-through; it supports personal growth, professional growth, and development based on individually-initiated change, since coaching is forward moving and future-focused.
Here are a few ways I can (and should) challenge you to reach greater heights:
Setting Priorities and Creating Action Plans
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, it’s hard to know what to stick a fork in first. But setting priorities and taking tasks on in the proper order is a crucial part of success. The right coach can help you get focus on what you should be getting done, instead of what maybe should be down at the bottom of your list.
Tackling Your Top Issue
Speaking of priorities, you’re probably aware of the number one thing that, once resolved, would have the biggest positive impact on your business and your life. It could be an internal issue. (Here are four common ones) that you can’t get past, or it could be a large project that you can’t seem to get around to accomplishing. If you’re at a standstill when it comes to something that could improve your life, a coach has several proven methods to help break down whatever’s blocking you—no matter what age you happen to be.
Asking High-Impact Questions
High-impact questions are questions that are designed for you to come at an issue from a different angle—and create an urgency that leads you to take action. They are never questions that can be answered with a yes or no, nor are they questions that don’t really have answers. Instead, they are worded to prompt real grounded thinking about whatever aspect of your life you’re concerned about. A trained coach will ask those questions and look for you to come up with answers that make sense.
Here are the three elements of a high-impact question:
• It’s simple and direct, and it deals with reality instead of speculation.
• It encourages creative thinking at a deeper level.
• It requires self-reflection.
Performing Root Cause Analysis
When there’s a family of skunks living under your home, you can spray all the Febreze you want into the air, but, trust me, that smell isn’t going away for long!
Similarly, in your personal or business life, you may be trying to attack a symptom (smell) rather than the cause of that symptom (skunks). For example, maybe your sales are down, so you lower the price—when it turns out the real reason for your revenue downturn is the fact that your competitor has suddenly come out with a better product or a stronger advertising campaign.
Root Cause Analysis forces you to look at the skunks and not the smell. You may be reluctant to tackle the real problem, perhaps because it seems too large to solve. Well, one way or another, it has to be addressed—or it will usually grow and grow until it actually is too big to solve.
By the way, Root Cause Analysis doesn’t just apply to negative situations—it can also be used for positive ones. When things are going very well, it’s good to note what’s causing better times so you can leverage that base strength in the future.
No matter how far up the ladder you happen to be, you still may have the nagging feeling you’re not realizing your full potential. That’s when a coach can really come in handy, helping you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and to modify circumstances that may be holding you back.
There’s a reason why the top athletes hire teams of coaches to improve their skills—because they require somebody else’s trained, objective eye to see what they themselves can’t.
Life Coaching Services I Offer:
- Free 30-Minute Introductory Session
- Initial new Client Intake Session – 90 Minutes – $150
- One Hour Life Coaching Session – $95
- Monthly Life Coaching Sessions (4) – $320