How to coach and be coached – part 4 of 4
This is the last in a series of 4 posts on how to coach and be coached. Check the rest out on the blog HERE.
An excessive amount of attention is given to goal setting. There are all sort of theories and strategies on what makes a good goal and what is the right goal setting process.
How to coach
You’ll need to guide your clients through an effective and realistic goal setting process so that you’re both clear on exactly what you’re trying to achieve. More importantly, you need to help your client to understand that goal setting is the easy part and in the end it’s actually not all that important. Your job as a coach is to keep your client from being distracted by the goal and help them stay in the zone of doing the work. Allow a moment or two for celebrating small victories but be quick to remind your client that their success came because of the work they did, not because of the goal they set. So get back to work!
How to be coached
Do you simply want to reach your goal, tick that box and move on to the next thing, or do you want to make a fundamental change? Do you want to get a marathon finisher’s medal or do you want to become a runner? Do you want to lose weight or do you want to become the kind of person who is effortlessly lean? You can hate running and struggle through months of training until you eventually cross the finish line and promptly throw your shoes in the bin. Or you can change your relationship with running and fall in love with your early morning ‘me time’ on the pavement, to the point where achieving your goal is just a chance to express yourself.
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