For both the new and seasoned coach, bringing on a new client is an exciting experience. It’s a fresh start—a new opportunity to impact lives and incite real change. While exciting, there is also a level of unfamiliarity that comes with working with a new client. Both parties are trying to get a good feel for the other and determine whether this is a working relationship that can be sustained over time.
In setting yourself up for success, there are three keys to starting a successful coaching relationship.
The first key is to set the expectations of accountability. We all know that accountability is so important in coaching, not just for the client, but also the coach. The client needs to understand that part of your role is to ensure that they follow through with the actions they resolve to take. Make this crystal clear from the beginning. Do not be shy about your ability and responsibility to call them out when they have not delivered on their...
If you’ve been working toward a goal for some time, you know that success is not one singular moment, but rather a collection of achievements over a longer period of time. In fact, success could more or less be described as continuous forward progress—an evolution of you as whole. This evolution could include great strides in your abilities, accomplishments, and sphere of influence.
But the journey is a difficult one, right? One step forward, two few steps back. There are always obstacles to overcome and difficulties to endure. Over time, it’s easy to feel worn down. Some may even consider quitting. Constant adversity has the ability to make one question whether he or she can truly experience sustainable success.
The truth of the matter is that sometimes this adversity is not just a matter of outside forces at play. You may actually be your own biggest threat to success. But how is this possible? Well, it is possible and likely if you have not yet taken these...