Coaching gives you clarity, confidence, and momentum towards life-changing goals. And often the biggest hurdle is imagining that you don’t have time.
It’s a busy old world, isn’t it? We all wrestle with ‘urgent vs. important’ to one degree or another. Certainly scheduling ‘thinking time’ has been one of the most powerful – and simplest – adjustments I’ve ever made to my working week.
Of course, scheduling that time and sticking to it are very different things. There’s a tonne of psychology at play here – not least the urge to tick the easy things off your list first.
Liberation from the pressure of the ‘urgent’ is a great example of where coaching can help. We know what we want but just can’t seem to make it happen.
Other scenarios offer even less clarity – like what to do, never mind where to start.
Ultimately coaching gets you unstuck; taking your brain from scattered to gathered. It’s defining a change, then finding clarity on the steps to get there, as well as addressing what’s getting in the way.
What is coaching?
A coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximise your personal and professional potential. That same approach can be applied to groups and teams too.
In effect, choosing to be coached is a commitment to yourself; taking charge and building new conviction in your decision making. And when you do that, you and everyone around you will benefit.
Discover where to start
To start being coached, all you need is an open mind. It’s great if you know the change you want to make, but many people begin without that clarity. Common themes include:
- Setting direction
- Creating momentum
- Getting out of the weeds
- Building confidence and certainty
- Upgrading skills (e.g. leadership, time management, communication)
- Building healthy habits (e.g. exercise, diet)
- Finding work / life balance
- Making a life or career transition
Of course, these are just examples. You can choose to be coached on anything.
What to expect
Coaching works in the space between the everyday and the existential, often within the same session. It’s a safe and confidential space to explore and be heard without judgement.
Where a mentor will share knowledge, the coach’s role is simply to hold the space, ask questions and listen. All you need to do is show up.
Together we’ll explore who you want to be, how you want to feel, and what that could mean for those closest to you.
You’ll be supported to connect dots, reach decisions and design practical actions that give you certainty about the best way forward.
How it works
Step one is an informal Discovery call. In 45 minutes or so, we’ll explore where you are and where you might like to get to. This uncovers your priorities and which objectives to unpack.
If it feels right, we’ll agree to work together. Coaching engagements are blocks of six sessions, each an hour long and usually a fortnight apart.
During those sessions, we’ll work through your priorities (and others as they emerge), agreeing on clear, achievable goals, as well as specific actions to take.
For some people, six sessions are all they need. Others continue over time, refreshing their challenges and maintaining the regular commitment to self-reflection and action setting.
Coaching is an investment in you. It bridges the gap between what you want and actually making it happen. The process can reveal a whole new path or simply unlock what feels just out of reach. It’s an opportunity – but one that only you can give yourself.
So whether your priorities are clear or not, if you’d like to take charge of your progress and maximise your potential, then get in touch to arrange a Discovery call.
And if you can’t free-up 45 minutes to focus on what matters, then ask yourself how much time is ebbing away in the absence of clarity?
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