Coaching is a co-created relationship, which facilitates creating successful change. It doesn’t happen in one session or during any set span of time; however it gradually takes shape through the coaching process, as coach and client partner together for success.
Start S.M.A.R.T. to reach the G.O.A.L.
Most of the time, we focus on large tasks (like losing 30 lbs.), and we ignore a popular goal-setting acronym:
A S.M.A.R.T. approach to a thirty-pound weight-loss plan might look like this: lose two pounds every week for 15 weeks. It’s small in scale, attached to metrics, doable, prudent and denotes timetables for accountability.
It’s likely to accomplish the intended results.
A person who loses two pounds per week is most likely not on a crash diet, which would set someone up to gain back all they weight he or she lost. But gradual changes in diet and exercise, with a positive attitude and a committed mindset, will produce sustainable results and an overall victorious outcome.
Creating successful change through creating awareness in coaching
One of the most powerful components of coaching is creating awareness. Through coaching, a client can become cognizant of what’s most important right now. He or she begins to realize that a thirty-pound weight loss is a distant goal, and then begins to wonder what can be done now to achieve the results.
What’s the pressing need?
What’s the drive behind it?
What will happen if I don’t meet this need?
Once awareness is top of mind, the coach encourages further exploration.
How will you know the need is met?
When will you take action?
Who will hold you accountable?
That’s when S.M.A.R.T. G.O.A.L.S. begin to take shape and form change; then lives are transformed.
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