When thinking about shifting gears from change management in a corporate setting to coaching change with individuals, I have really had a lot of self doubt. After all, most people know what they need to do. Do you really need a coach to just tell you what you already know? I kept picturing an out of shape track coach saying:
Okay, this time I want you to run as fast as you can!
Thankfully, that’s not all there is to it. Coaches help you identify and focus on what’s important, which accelerates your success. They help measure, keep time, notice trends in performance that the athlete may not notice because they’re busy just trying to run as fast as they can.
Our coaching here is self guided and has faith incorporated in every step. You tell me how far you want to go, we’ll discuss what’s realistic, what hurdles will you face to get there, pray about it and break the pace down into manageable laps and intervals. You’ll fall. I’ll be there to laugh with you, cry with you, pray with you and for you some more, get you an ice pack–and make sure that you get back up and keep going. Many times, we just need help getting out of our own way. Self-sabotage is FOR REAL a big part of why we fail.
There’s nothing you can’t do on your own. But will you? Will it take you longer? What are you missing while you wait, research, figure it out on your own? What’s more, are you partnering with God on His plan for you or making it up as you go? Think about how much farther you might go? How much faster you can get there? Can I prove to you that you’re even stronger than you think you are?
This video that’s been going around Facebook lately from Facing the Giants is an excellent example of a coach demanding an athlete’s very best and the difference that it can make.
What talent has God gifted you with that we need to tap into and strengthen?