Change is a constant in our life – whether we initiate a change or a change is forced upon us. How we react to our circumstances is critical.
We can be thrown off balance and need to give ourselves time to digest what is happening. Take a step back and breathe. When we have taken a step back, we can logically look at our situation and begin to take charge and figure out our next steps. Sometimes this can happen quickly depending on the magnitude of the change. At other times, we are caught up in all the drama, negatives and self talk that it may take some time to be able to stop all the mind chatter and detach from the situation.
No matter how we process change, it is important to put ourselves back in charge of our life and our reaction to the changes we are facing.
Any type of change is difficult – even changes that make us happy. To be confronted with change shakes us out of our comfort zone, so it is important to put things in perspective and accept that change is a constant in our life and how we cope with change will help us determine which mechanisms work best for us and which don't. This awareness is key to embracing change and shifts our paradigm to regain our personal power of how we want to handle the changes that life is always going to present. Always work with it – not against it and keep yourself focused in the present. Change is difficult but it forces us to grow and examine our beliefs and values and re-evaluate what is important to us in life.
Many people hire a coach thinking that the coach will be able to give them answers to what they should do next. In reality, it is best to develop a relationship with a coach as a “mentor” or “trusted advisor.” Your coach should be someone who will be honest with you, respect your ideas, encourage you and give you feedback. A coach can help you clarify your goals, put action steps in place to achieve them and hold your accountable.
Always come to your coaching prepared and honor the time commitment that you have made. A successful coaching session is when you feel like you have had a shift in your thinking about a particular objective. It is the “aha” moment that spurs you into action.
To develop a good rapport with a coach is critical to a successful outcome. A coach will help you adhere to timelines that you create and collaborate with you on brainstorming ideas and next steps.
It is always good to have a beginning, a middle and an end to each coaching session. This way the conversation can be focused and your next steps are clear. Some coaches use a session agenda to accomplish this. It varies depending on the coach and the individual. The best results from coaching are those when both parties are engaged; ideas are flowing freely and you feel inspired to move forward.
There is no set time or number of sessions that is best for everyone. You need to determine how often you want to meet with your coach to keep on track to achieve the objectives you set out for yourself at the outset.
Coaching is another tool in your toolbox of resources that you choose to help you be successful and live a purposeful life and a life you love.
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