Life is a journey ~ as long as you aren’t stuck! Here’s four clear steps to help you get from here to there and help others to do the same. Let’s talk a walk down the Coaching ROAD.
Step 1 – R
Recognize what your focus is. A GPS only works if you put in a destination. Taking time to drill down to what you are facing takes patience and determination. You may need to verbalize a dream that God has been directing you toward OR you may need to acknowledge a detriment that has been holding you back from forward movement at all. Oftentimes they are connected. In any event determining where you are going or what you are focusing on clears things up immensely and is well worth the time and effort. Honestly, how can you get anywhere if you don’t know where you are going?
Step 2- O
Ownership can be an overlooked phase of moving forward on the journey. It is sometimes easy to go straight from choosing a focus to action steps. Ownership is important. It takes responsibility for one’s wellbeing, progress, pace and next steps, trusting that He who began the work is faithful. Remember the Always Circle – God always has a plan and We always make choices to look for and join that plan or not to.
Step 3 – A
Action Steps are the traction needed in forward movement. Sometimes people are afraid to move forward because they just aren’t sure what the right thing to do is or if it will work. Fear or ambiguity can be paralyzing and leave a person stuck for long periods of time. What if we just did something? What if we just moved out in faith and learned as we went, whether or not it worked? Success equals an active relationship with God, not getting things “right” every time. If stepping out in faith didn’t involve risk it would only be stepping out in fact, which isn’t really the point. Action Steps that don’t turn out exactly as we hoped can be called research and are just as valuable as action steps that produce what we hoped!
Step 4 – D
Dedication is when we make intentional plans to retain what we have worked so hard for. Dedication is like setting a pick in mountain climbing and intentionally choosing retention goals. This may include setting yellow and red flags, like ‘At 5 pounds gained I will start working out an extra time a week’ or ‘At 10 pounds gained I will stop eating sugar or carbs till this gets turned around’. Intentionally retaining goals keeps us from moving backwards in our journey and works for every area of life.
So there you have it – a quick walk down the Coaching ROAD. For more info or ‘how-to’s’ consider taking a class or certification course in the Coaching Core Foundations!
Where are you on the journey? R-Recognition – choosing a focus, O-Ownership – accepting responsibility and hope for real change, A-Action Steps – making a plan for forward movement, or D-Dedication – intentionally working to retain what you have worked for?