“One of the reasons people don’t achieve their dreams is that they desire to change their results without changing their thinking.” John C. Maxwell Thinking For A Change
When an individual begins the coaching partnership it is often because they are frustrated with their current progress, it is not moving along fast enough, they are experiencing many roadblocks and they can’t seem to keep focus or stay on track towards their goal. Our first step is usually to discover: “What are their thoughts in connection with the goal?”
Most often they are able to rattle off their strategy to reach the goal they wish to attain; they have broken it down into manageable steps and have begun the process to reach the goal. The missing piece that causes the roadblock to success is not their ability or knowledge or even their organization, but the thoughts they harbor around the goal.
As a new college graduate I was given the opportunity to become a supervisor of a department I had been a member of for the last 3 years. I was promoted due to my knowledge, experience and potential. It was a great honor and one I felt ready to accept. After about a month on the job, the productivity of my department had plummeted. I was frustrated, and went to my manager to try to discover what I was doing wrong. My manager gave me these words to ponder: “Think like a supervisor.” After mulling this over, I discovered I was still thinking like an hourly employee. I had made the leap to supervisor, but my thought processes had not changed along with me. This time I went to my supervisor with a list of new thoughts: how I think about myself in relation to the supervisory position. I was on my way to changing the way I thought about my job and my person in that job. With each discovery, I became a more valuable supervisor and my department began to excel. Success in this situation was about changing the way I was thinking to mirror the new position.
Coaches Challenge: Examine your thinking around your business goals and who you are with this goal. Ask yourself some questions to trigger understanding of your current thought processes and what changes you may have to make. If your goal is to build a thriving Coaching Practice… do you believe it is possible? Do you think you deserve to have a thriving business? How does a successful businessperson think, act, look? Are you thinking like a business person or a hobbyist? How do you have to think differently to make the change from a surviving business to a thriving business? What thoughts do you have that will inhibit and or forward this goal? Begin to change the way you think to enhance your goals.