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Coaching to achieve your goals - any goals
Oct 1, 2014

Coaching to achieve your goals - any goals

You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.

Bob Nelson

I acheieved something the other day that I never thought I would ever do.  I started, and finished, a 5km run.  This is probably not very impressive to a lot of people, but the people who know me are mightily impressed, and frankly, a bit surprised.  As am I.  But mostly I am very pleased with myself.

Eight weeks ago, I decided to learn to run.   I had previously attempted this with Apps like 'Couch to 5K', and got a certain way, and then gave up.  This time however I got myself a coach - in fact several coaches.  I have a wonderful PT who loves to run, and encourages me, and I also joined an on line running group - with 'virtual' coaches, run via facebook and email, in small groups, with a week by week program.

As a career coach and mentor, I know the impact a coach can have on a client.  I know this - challenging established thinking, setting goals, celebrating wins, helping people get back on track when they become demotivated.  This is what made me achieve that goal of a 5 km run and I could not have done it without the help of a coach, or in this case, a number of coaches.

I set weekly goals.

It was hard work, but I did it.

When I felt like I was about to fail, my coach was there to lift me up.

When I ran my fastest 1km, I had a cheer squad.

When I didn't do all my runs one week, it was OK, but I committed to getting back on track the folllowing week.

It felt and feels fantastic.

And now I will be setting new goals.

What do you think you could achieve, if you had a career coach?

P.S. If you would like to learn more about about the online running program, have a look at Operation Move