I am a coach—not the kind of coach that stands on the sidelines calling plays, sending signals, and wearing my voice out—I am what is sometimes referred to as a Life Coach. You have probably heard the term but may not have a clue what it is (other than some trendy psycho-babble-ish term that people call themselves who want to give you the six secrets to ultimate happiness). Now, if you think that I possess the six secrets to ultimate happiness and are willing to pay me a lot for my great wisdom, maybe we can talk. It won’t do you any good, but we can talk.
One of the reasons that I have invested so much time and money in coach training is that it takes the pressure off me to be an expert. You know what an expert is, right? “Ex” means “former”. “Spurt” is a “drip under pressure”. Uh oh!
When I coach, there is an expert present. It just happens to be the person that I am coaching. I don’t bring great secrets, expertise, or agenda. I ask questions to help that person see himself more clearly. I help her tap into her passion and vision. I listen, ask powerful questions, assist in brainstorming, and provide support and accountability to help people take their next step. For that reason, I have changed my self-description to Strengths Optimization Coach.
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
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When I first saw that statement, it reminded me of two great coaching questions:
- What would you like to be able to say about your situation 5 months from now that you cannot say currently?
- What will it take for you to be able to say that?
So, my friends, here’s a deal! I am offering you an absolutely free, no obligation, virtual coaching session right here and now. Why? Because your life matters to God and He wants you to be all that He created you to be. Are you ready? Here goes!
- What could you do today—in the next 24 hours—that you will thank yourself for this time next year?
- What do you want the last 5 months of 2016 to look like for you?
- What is keeping you from being the person you want to be?
- What is the first baby step that you could take in the right direction?
- Who could help you?
The greatest teacher who ever lived was also the greatest coach who ever lived. Jesus knew when a question was more powerful than a statement. Four different times the Bible records Him asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32, Mark 10:36, Mark 10:51, Luke 18:41) Since He was not only a great teacher and coach, but was also God in the flesh, He did not ask the question for His own benefit. He could have easily evaluated the situation and said, “Here’s what you need and here’s what I’m going to do.” But Jesus wanted them to put words to what was in their hearts.
So what do you really, really want?
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