As you approach coaching, it’s quite common to feel nervous. Coaching might make you nervous for many reasons, so this week, I’m writing a countdown of seven reasons why you might be nervous about coaching in this 7-day series of blog posts. Today I’m focusing on Reason #4: You’re worried you won’t be a good coaching client.
Here are the previous posts in the series:
Reason #4: You’re worried you won’t be a good coaching client.
Over the years, many of my clients have been new to coaching, and they were, understandably, worried they wouldn’t know what to do when we got started.
Here’s the thing, though…you don’t have to be good at this for us to be successful. I have to be good at this, but you don’t. In fact, that’s why you’re paying me to guide you.
What you can bring to the table that’s helpful
If you want to be a “first in the class” superstar client, then plan ahead. For each session, be in a quiet space with no distractions, and try to call in on a land line, instead of mobile, or at least have a solid mobile connection. Calling into a coaching session while you’re driving is not ideal, so schedule conversations with your coach for times when you’ll be stationary and in a quiet space.
Mark your calendar and set reminders, so you show up on time for your sessions and can get the benefit of all of your time with your coach.
Perhaps most importantly, be coachable. Be prepared to spend six months to a year in massive growth and development and come to each session with an open mind and an open heart, willing to consider alternative narratives and shift perspectives. Think about your sessions in the days between and pay attention to growing awareness and note any shifts that occur.
Why all of this stuff is important
The more willing you are to take your coaching seriously (by being on time and in a quiet space and really, marking off the time), the more progress we can make, and the more you’ll transform your life into exactly what you always wanted it to be.
This post is quite short, compared to the others in this series, but only because my point is simple: you don’t have to be great at being a coaching client. You just have to be willing.
Tomorrow I’ll be taking a look at Reason #3 that Coaching Might Make You Nervous: You’re not sure you’re ready to dive deep.