NEW THOUGHT CONCEPTS FOR PRACTICAL LIVING
We won’t know if we’re a good fit until we can talk about it. For prospective clients, I offer an initial 30-minute session — one time, at no cost — to see if a coaching relationship is a good fit for you at this time. If we agree that coaching is the way to go, we’ll arrange the details then. I can create a customized plan based on your needs. When coaching happens over the phone (or Skype) the logistics are easier; you can start working with your coach immediately, on a schedule that works for you. Since you don’t meet in an office, you can “take your coach with you” wherever you go. You and your coach share the responsibility for keeping in touch.
“5” meaning it’s really true for you. Add the ten questions. If your total score is:
10-20: Consider waiting until a better time.
21-35: Explore your readiness with potential coaches.
36-50: You’re ready, get started soon!
Listen to Your Intuition. Consider each statement, and note your reaction. Does it ring true for you and affirm your sense of readiness? Or does it create doubt and discomfort? The more the statements seem true about you, the more likely you are to experience success with coaching.
1. I have a genuine desire to stretch and change my way of thinking.
Motivation for change has to come from within you, not to please someone else. You are the only one you can really change.
2. I am willing to try new concepts, and experiment with different ways of doing things.
Unless you shift perspectives and try new behaviors, little is likely to change. Experimenting with new views and behaviors can be playful and fun, while also being an essential aspect of change.
3. I value collaboration, and am willing to ask for help when I need it.
The stoic, go-it-alone person who thinks asking for help is an admission of weakness is less likely to succeed.
4. I am disciplined about following through on commitments.
Talk is cheap. Doing “homework” between sessions; reading, self-observations, practices, and action steps is important to produce genuine, sustainable shifts over time.
5. I am candid and open in my relationships.
Coaching is a partnership that requires you to be assertive in asking for what you want and to speak up when something is not working.
6. I am open to candid feedback from my coach.
Listening to your coach and others will challenge established paradigms and require reconsideration of behavior in which you may be highly invested. Considering honest feedback opens new choices and possibilities.
7. I am willing to discuss my journey with my coach.
If you need to keep your learning process a secret, are you really committed to change? The support and feedback from an outside source can often help.
8. I am willing to invest the necessary time and money in myself.
Coaching is a powerful tool, but it requires a willingness to make the proper investment. It only makes sense if you are serious about the process.
9. I will make this effort a priority and I am willing to work through the tough times.
If you’re expecting a quick fix, save your investment. Real change results from learning, daily practice, and feedback over time. Given this, you can expect real, observable, and sustainable changes.
10. This is the right time for me to be doing this; I have the motivation and there’s no reason to delay.
Coaching should coincide with a real need, so you have both the motivation and the opportunity to apply what you’re learning.