Coaching is all about creating Action. Action is about self-development, an opportunity for you to experience something new. A good coach is to create inspiration, not only motivation. Motivation is an external driving power, while inspiration will create the sense of internal empowerment. When someone take action align with their value, there is the inspiration comes from. People who passionate about their changes, will be happy in the life and the possibilities for their life.
Action is about energy, timing and motivation. You will need to reflect your situation, take the ownership to embrace the chance, measure and celebrate your progress. You can use START doing, STOP doing or CONTINUE doing model to create something differences … Keep your goal positive and flexible, instead of negative, will help you to adjust the rhyme and create the pace of change.
G (Goal): This is the end point, where the client wants to be. The goal has to be defined in such a way that it is very clear to the client when they have achieved it.
R (Reality): This is how far the client is away from their goal. If the client were to look at all the steps they need to take in order to achieve the goal, the Reality would be the number of those steps they have completed so far.
O (Obstacles): There will be Obstacles stopping the client getting from where they are now to where they want to go. If there were no Obstacles the client would already have reached their goal; and (Options) Once Obstacles have been identified, the client needs to find ways of dealing with them if they are to make progress. These are the Options.
W (Way Forward): The Options then need to be converted into action steps which will take the client to their goal.
SMART goal (from Top Achievement) including below elements: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Frame relating to how you achieve your goal.
A Vision Board is simply a visual representation of your aspirations in life. It is a tool for you to be able to manifest all of your dreams into reality by focusing your energy on them.
It is based on the Law of Attraction that simply states that “like attracts like”. Your thoughts are a form of energy and whatever energy you send out to the universe, the universe conspires to bring like energies back to you.
The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.
There is a part of our brain called the reticular activating system or RAS which filters all the incoming information. The RAS is also responsible for identifying certain information that we consider important.
Create DOT Types of Vision Boards:
(1) “Desired” Vision Board
Do this vision board if: You’re very clear about your desires. - You want to change your environment or surroundings. - There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life.
(2) “Opening” Vision Board
Do this vision board if: You’re not sure what exactly you want - You’ve been in a period of depression or grief - You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way. - You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.
(3) “Theme” Vision Board
Do this vision board if: It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle. - If you are working with one particular area of your life, eg: work & career.
- Success is the achievement of the things in life we are passionate about.
- Success is not what we have been told or instructed to believe.
- Success is personal and can only be achieved when measured against the goals we have set for ourselves.
- Success is a change in the way we view life.
- Success is moving forward.
- Success feels great.
Actions create a momentum and this in turn shifts us out of our current situation. This movement shifts the energy in our bodies and helps to even change our perspective. This is the beauty of creating action. It moves you to a new space, time, and journey.
To create action requires personal discipline. The result of this personal discipline is success and personal achievement. It is at this moment that you need to get focused again. Loss of focus means loss of action. Creating action can be challenging – what next step to take, how to take it? Your need some practice or coaching to help you to think about these questions:
- Have you ever written a letter to yourself in the future? It is five years from now. What does the story say? What have you achieved, what are you known for? Draw or write what you see.
- List all the things you have achieved by this time?
- How are you feeling now that you have achieved these goals? Can you visualize yourself?
- What are you most passionate about?
- Write a list of the top 5 things you have achieved.
- Prioritize this list. What is number one all the way to five?
- Under each item identify 5 steps you could take to begin to achieve this goal?
- Share this information with someone you trust and who will support you.
- Tell your support person how you want them to support you in achieving these 5 steps and 5 goals.
- What is the first step or action you need to take now to achieve these goals?
After you have gone through this process you may observe an increase in energy in your body. It is very exciting to be thinking about moving forward, achieving the vision you have just created. Acknowledge your achievements. Bring yourself back to the moment of energy positively flowing through you, the excitement rising again. Exercise, meditate, do yoga, or whatever you need to do to bring yourself back to this moment of energy and focus. Think about what you have already achieved and what you are grateful for. Notice how you are now feeling. You will notice that your energy has gone from an inward reflecting, perhaps even negative self talk conversation to an outward focus. This shift in energy will propel you forward and you then need to work out what is your next action step.
The role as a professional coach is to create a space for listening, asking questions to help their clients to clarify their plans and to acknowledge their development.
Here are some examples of a Motion Question:
- What’s the first step you need to take?
- What would someone, who is fearless, do about this?
- What needs to happen now?
- What would it make sense to do now?
- Can you come up with some action steps to take this week?
- What is the risk involved in this if you do not do it?
- What is stopping you from moving forward?
There may be many possible ways to move forward and, one thing we know for sure is that the one the client comes up with him or herself is the one they are most likely to follow through on. If a coach feel a suggestion coming on, he or she will try counting to 5. More often than not, if the coach gives clients the space, and ask the right questions, they will make their own action suggestions. The coach may send an invitation to the client: “I invite you to take half a day out of your schedule this week to finish setting up your home office. Do you think you want to do that?” Frequently, making an invitation supports the choice for the client and they take up the opportunity.