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Coach Yourself to Success – The Sequel

“A person who is active in higher learning soon becomes an individual in higher earning”  Michael Gulliver

Why do so many people use personal trainers to help them get fit? After all, this level of one-to-one attention costs good money! One reason is that an experienced professional can help you get more out of the time you spend in the gym, by suggesting what you should work on, and by motivating you to work hard on this.

The same is true of working with a career or life coach.

But stop a minute! Despite the popularity of personal trainers, large numbers of people can be seen exercising in gyms, or running through parks on their own. They’ve worked out what they should be doing for themselves, and they’ve motivated themselves to get out there and do it.

Its been 9 months since I had any form of physical exercise. Guess what? I used to be a great at basketball. My new job and environment took me away from the game. In the past my team mates used to motivate me to get running and shooting hoops, once I left their company, I became LOUSY. After writing this article, I resumed exercise by doing long distance running and now I am back on the court. I feel better, smarter and stronger. This has a positive effect on my output at work. I am my life coach!

Be your own life coach! You can take this self-coaching approach to  your career or life issues too.

In this article, I share five steps that many professional career and life coaches help their clients take – so that you can apply this approach to your own life! These five steps shall feature as articles for the next five days. I get many enriching ideas from mindtools.com

Step 1: Know What You Want

It’s very easy to find things you’re NOT happy with and to get stuck in that negative state of mind. At this stage, coaches often hear comments like “No one at work takes me seriously”; “I need to lose weight, but I can’t”; or “My boss is so frustrating; or I have lost confidence in myself; or “Everything I touch goes wrong”

But if you want things to change, then you need to identify what you DO want and WOULD be happy with.

Other people have only a vague idea of what they want, and they never take the time to be more specific. This means that they have a certain amount of success, but, because they’re never fully committed to one particular direction, they can only get so far.

To get past this, coaches encourage their clients to explore this problem to find its real cause. For example, my friend Lucia may feel that her career is going nowhere because “no one takes me seriously.” She might discover that this is because she takes on all the small tasks in the team, and, because of this, she doesn’t have time to work on the big ideas that would show her potential for promotion.

Often, people start feeling that they’re “victims,” and that the source of their problem lies outside their control. For instance, a frustrating boss won’t go away, or weight can’t be lost. Sometimes, its our attitude or response that contributes to aggravating our problems.

With the cause identified, “what you want” is the reverse of that situation. Your new thoughts become “I am focused on important tasks”; “I am clear about what I should and should not do to lose weight”; or “I am relaxed about my boss changing his mind.”

Think of the things you are comfortable with, try boosting your confidence, accept the realities and look at the bright side of things. We must Learn to Help ourselves and be built like concrete blocks!

Credits: http://www.mindtools.com

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