We believe coaching can be a positive experience for anyone, regardless of position or status.
Here are ten things a coach can help you within 2020:
1. Growing your self-awareness
Understanding your capabilities, your motivation, how you relate to others and respond to pressure can transform your approach to life and work.
One way to unlock potential is to gain a clearer understanding of yourself. A coach can help you to analyse your strengths, weaknesses and identify areas for improvement. Once you truly understand yourself you will be able to work on the person you want to become, and achieve the success you desire.
2. Knowing your worth and personal ‘brand’
Celebrate your strengths. Don’t underestimate or downplay what you can achieve and how much others value you and what you do.
If you have been getting along just fine, yet find yourself wondering if there is something else you could or should be doing because you know you are capable of more. Then a coach can help. They can help you to get serious about utilising your true potential and focused on how to get there.
3. Working with, not against, your values
Values shape behaviour, decision-making and your sense of what’s right. Outright value clashes or misalignment can affect your relationships, wellbeing, performance or results.
It’s easy to feel daunted by dreams that are too big, or to be drawn into day to day distractions. Once you’ve worked out what you want and need from your life, your coach will keep you focused on what is really important.
Having confidence in your abilities and opinions is a strength. Fear of failure or worry about criticism can stifle potential, hold you back and impact on your positive belief.
When you have been working on your own for a while, you can easily fall into feeling like everything is hard work and then you lose energy and confidence. A coach can help to keep you focusing on the things you may not see, they’ll keep you on the path, and moving forward. They’ll help you to see failure as learning and criticism as developmental feedback.
5. Setting goals
Be clear about what you want to achieve. Set yourself clear and realistic goals. Make a plan and build in rewards as you complete each milestone.
You may already know what you need to do but make excuses or procrastinate. When you are only answerable to yourself it becomes easy to put things off, your coach will not let this happen. They will become your conscience, reminding you of your goals, nudging you in the right direction and then demanding answers when you let yourself down. They will hold you
6. Removing blockers
Holding onto regrets and resentments will hold you back. Let go. Look at what else is blocking your progress, how you’ll deal with it and who can help.
You may feel lost, directionless or literally just don’t know where to start – this is quite normal. Many people drift without a plan. A coach can help to change that – by helping you to focus on what you ‘can do’. There is no need to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the journey. Once you have a clear goal, your coach will help you to work out a plan, this will include small manageable steps, they’ll help you identify the things that may get in the way. Then work with you to find all the options and opportunities that will take you around them.
Spend a bit less time supporting others and more time focused on yourself and your development. Think about what you need and how you’ll ask for and get what you want.
Working with a coach will help you to develop essential ‘life’ skills. This goes deep and challenges you to understand your behaviours, traits and blind spots. Whether leading a team or aiming to get ahead yourself the strategies you will learn can be applied to business, management and challenges/changes in both your home and work life.
Coaching accelerates your success, helping you move from A to B as effectively and efficiently as possible and this may not mean going faster.
This year could bring challenges. Consider what they mean for you and what your options are. Make good, well-informed decisions based on the best available information.
Don’t waste time worrying about what might happen but plan for it anyway. Take control, look for the opportunities and think about how the changes you face might benefit you.
Whatever you are facing in life, working with a coach is about putting you back in the driving seat and giving you a roadmap. The aim is to help you feel in control of your own life, more positive, supported and confident about getting wherever you want to be.
10. Time to think
Working with a coach can give you time, space and a supportive environment to work through your challenges successfully. Most high performing individuals have coaches, this is not just about training the body but also the mind. If you want to be successful, you need to think this way and to train to brain how to do exactly that.