How to Get the Most from Coaching
I want you to benefit greatly from our coaching calls and the time in between. The following outlines some of the things you can do to maximize the value of your coaching experience.
Focus on What You Really Want
Coaching works best when you have clear goals that are based on your true values. First I encourage you to deeply consider what you want your life to look like. Then, identify the gaps between the way things are now and how you would like them to be. Many people struggle with this, so if you’re unsure about what it is you really want to achieve, coaching is an excellent tool that can provide you with greater clarity.
Be Open – Knowing Yourself at a Deeper Level
Working with an experienced, empathic coach is a healthy way to grow. Most clients hire a coach to work on specific goals and much of the time and focus is on these objectives. Yet with coaching many clients discover new parts of themselves and find they adjust their goals to be more in alignment with who they really are. This discovery process is natural, and you don’t need to concentrate on it, just realize it will likely happen. Accelerated personal and professional growth is the hallmark of coaching.
Part of working with me as your coach is that I will ask a lot of you. Not too much I hope, but perhaps more than you may have been asked recently. I request that you be willing to experiment with fresh approaches and try on new beliefs. I will invite you to tell the absolute truth, raise your personal standards and set bigger goals. Ultimately you need to decide what is best for you, however the more willing you are to grow, the greater the benefits from coaching.
To get the most value out of the coaching session, I request that you prepare a written agenda for each call. Many of my clients use the provided “Coaching Prep Form.” This doesn’t have to be a big, time-consuming thing and usually only requires 10-20 minutes. Investing that small amount of time to prepare for the call and faxing or emailing an agenda to me beforehand will have a huge impact on our session.
Do Your Homework
Each week you will decide on the actions or goals you want to focus. I expect you to keep the commitments you make and will work with you to make sure you are setting worthwhile, realistic and achievable objectives. If you know that a busy week is ahead your homework might be as simple as thinking about a new perspective. If you have more time you might decide to handle a big task. Regardless, I will hold you accountable and encourage you to do your best.