Taking action in 2013 with good coaching - Yvonne Thackray


The clocks strike 12 and we joyously welcome in the new year on the1st January, and precisely at 00:00 or maybe a minute beforehand we decide to make some new resolutions. These resolutions may be a reaction to what’s happened the previous month and end up being the same ones we made last year and the year before that, and we have the gusto to take action for maybe one or two months. Other times we make those meaningful resolutions which help ourselves and/or to those around us and we manage to sustain throughout the year and longer. Having these meaningful resolutions or goals keeps us motivated and committed to taking action and being supported in the right environment to achieve them is the difference between success and attempting to achieve it.

Having meaningful goals stirs and stokes up the fire within us to keep at this challenge which we are committed to. It grounds us because energy is generated between our goal and motivation. Goals can be driven by an internal need, an external pressure or even a combination of both. Sustained motivation results from harmony between our rational and emotional self. When they both come together in the most appropriate environment it creates that spark that ignites each one of us to make a change and stay on course. At different points along this process from an idea, to making the decision through to taking and sustaining the necessary actions till we reach the desired result, coaching can help play a part and make it a different and perhaps more fun and enjoyable experience.

Reflective coaching - this might be the time to uncover the reason what it is that’s holding you back from achieving your goal and find compassionate ways to move forward either as baby steps or with one giant leap. Or its the time to open mindedly review your purpose and deepen the ways to fulfill it even more. The coach provides a safe space to allow you to reflect and bravely verbalise the challenge you are looking to set yourself. 

Strategic coaching - this might be the time to work out the strategies necessary to achieve your goal, whether it’s thinking of alternatives of completing the action, identifying collaborators or whom to delegate the work too, identifying what new techniques you require or building on existing one. Bouncing back and forth strategies with a peer coach will help you to see more clearly the most appropriate and proactive pathway to achieving success.

Accountability coaching - this might be the time when you already formulated your strategy and you want a coach to compassionately hold you accountable to it, and provide that safe space to review what both went well and badly from taking the action. Having that space to openly reflect and challenge yourself with the support of a coach will improve your awareness and decision making capacities from a neutral place.

These are just some of the ways in which coaching can support you right now or sometime in the future when you decide that you need that extra support along your meaningful journey. Coaching can serve those who believe that “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt.