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.
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