Being Your Own Coach

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One of the most satisfying moments I experience as a coach is pretty subtle. It happens when we’ve been working together on something that’s challenging for them, something that requires changing an old habit, and you see them adjust in the moment.

I’ll give you an example. Let’s say a client and I have been working on her habit of linking all her sentences together, never really letting an idea land. She begins her presentation, and she’s off and running, no pauses, no periods. Suddenly, her face changes a tiny bit, and in the next breath, she pauses. She stops. She connects with me and smiles, then moves on at a more measured, understandable pace.

What’s so great about this is that when it happens, you know the client is capable of coaching herself. She catches herself in the old habit, and she can make the necessary adjustment with no input from me. That’s when you know that the client is truly synthesizing the work you’re doing, and they are making lasting change.

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