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.
I had a really great continuing professional development session last week with the British School of Coaching, spending a morning discussing CBT, getting a basic understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, what it means and how you can consider it during a coaching session.
We talked about feelings, emotions, thoughts and actions, considering how they all might be linked together and talked about productively. There was a brilliant range of attendees, from those just starting on their coaching journey to some who had long term experience in CBT.
The sessions went into enough depth to give an interested practitioner enough information to understand how to go and learn more, whether that was the full CBT or some of the tools and approaches that can help you connect better to emotion in a coaching session.
Continuing professional development is a key part of your growth of a coach, and these types of focused taster sessions are a brilliant springboard to understanding future learning options.