I've been very fortunate to have been receiving life coaching through my mentor with the Aspire Foundation as well as business coaching through Yoga Quota. How does it work? Find out more here!
One of my favourite things about coaching is how obvious it all seems after a session. Coaching differs from mentoring: rather than learning from the experience of others who have been there, coaching allows you to make sense of the mumbo-jumbo in your brain and helps you to be the best version of you. You create your own answers and create a plan to hold yourself accountable to. By the end, the things you've written down make so much sense - because you're the one that's thought of them!
Although coaching is amazing, not everyone is in a place where they are able to work with a coach, whether it be for financial or other reasons. The good news is that coaching tricks can be adapted for solo use as well - in a way, you can become your own life coach by asking yourself the right questions!
I'll use one of my most recent session topics as an example: I am SO scatterbrained! I *love* lists and organisation, although I struggle to keep everything in one place and then lose track of it all. I get very frustrated with my forgetfulness and feel like I'm drowning a bit in trying to remember what exactly needs to be done in my life (as well as how to prioritise these things).
Question 1: What are my goals?
I want to structure my thoughts. I want to be organised and on top of things at work: no surprises or 'oh no!' moments. I want to be able to lead by example and create a positive work environment for my staff. I want to achieve a work/life balance.
Question 2: In future world where I'm an organisation superstar, what am I doing differently?
I have a planner where everything is in one place. This planner helps me to structure my days, make monthly lists, and also keep track of the goings on at the studio. Once I write something down, I stop dwelling on it - reducing the thought cycles I have and creating more room for me to be present and enjoy my life.
Question 3: How can I make this future a reality? What are the steps I need to follow to make this happen? When do these steps need be realised by?
Having a planner will help me to achieve the goals set out in Question 1: therefore getting a planner is a priority. Step 1: research planners. Get this done within 3 days (spoiler alert: the planner I envision for myself doesn't really exist - darn). Step 2: find solution - create own planner. Step 3: research how to create own planner (3 days). Step 4: begin designing own planner (finish by September 1).
Make it happen! The wonderful thing about having a coach is that you have someone to hold you accountable. If you need this push (as I do) perhaps tell someone you love about your plans and ask them to hold you accountable by checking in on your progress. :)
I now have self-designed planner which I've printed off and bound. There is a month overview page where I can reflect upon my goals/to-dos on a monthly scale; a monthly follow up page where I can record goings on at the studio and keep track of things like charity classes and blog posts; and daily pages that remind me to take medication when I need to, that allow me to schedule each day, that let me write out daily to-do lists and that, importantly for me, allow me to identify a particular day's most important (Top 3) priorities. This is Day 1 of using it, but I feel so much more organised and empowered to work towards my goals in other ways.
What are self-life coaching techniques you've found helpful? I'd love to hear them!