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Recognising Now

Before you can achieve your goals, you must build a deep understanding of where you are Now.

Reflecting on and recognising your reality sets the strong foundations for your future growth and success.

Think about your environment, what’s giving you energy and what’s draining it away. Who is there to support your commitment to change, what will make it more difficult.

How are you spending your time, where are you doing the things that you want to do.

Use the people around you to expand your thinking and clarify your understanding. They can fill in your Blind Spot, and give you more information to build the true picture of where you are.

When you know where you are, then you can figure out where you really want to go.

Coaching can help you focus on this reflection and accelerate your path to positive change. If you are ready to take the next step, then I’m always excited to hear from you.

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Coaching Tools – Model T

Miles Downey shares the simple ‘Model T’ tool in Effective Modern Coaching. It’s a really great way to get past the initial thoughts of a coachee, and to really dig into the issue that’s most important to them right now.

It’s a model to enable us to move further up the coaching spectrum, following interest rather than giving advice or guidance. It’s especially useful for novice coaches, who may find it easy to latch onto the first suggestion from a coachee, rather than spending time to explore other options.

If you find yourself jumping on the first suggestion offered by a coachee, starting to move into problem solving too soon or falling into mentoring modes, then pause and use this model to move back to a coaching posture.

The model has two stages, first we Expand, which forms the cross bar of a capital T. Here the questioning is aiming to put more options onto the table, empowering the coachee to share anything that may be of interest:

  • Tell me what else you notice?
  • What else?
  • One more thing?

Then we Focus, diving into the most important topic, the downstroke of the T. The questions are driving this focus, selecting the most relevant area for the coachee:

  • What’s most interesting?
  • What stands out?
  • What’s most important to you right now?

Use this simple model to help set the topic of a session, to expand on goals or options, or anywhere else you need to spend more time understanding the coachee’s thinking.

 

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Talking about Goals

It’s a very powerful thing to talk about your goals, to tell them to someone and to make yourself accountable to achieving them.

It’s easy to think about your goals, to feel like you are moving towards them and then to justify reasons for pulling back, for achieving less and for not reaching the outcomes that you are stretching towards.

In coaching, we spend a lot of time exploring the goals, figuring out what they mean to a coachee and sharing the commitment to achieving them. It’s a safe space to find out what really matters, to define the change you want to see and to regularly review progress towards it.

A coachee that I worked with said that our coaching sessions were like having a “gym instructor for personal development, encouraging you and pushing you to go faster and further”.

If you are ready to commit to personal development and unlocking your potential, then coaching is a great way to accelerate yourself on that path.