Sunday, August 31, 2008

Are You Listening?

I’ll bet you have had the same experience I have had. When helping a friend or colleague work out a challenge I often realize that what I am saying to him or her also applies to me. This is the essence of coaching. I need to listen to myself, as I need to listen when others speak.

People often have the answers to their own challenges. They need to hear themselves, as when doctors tell us to listen to our bodies.

Just as a doctor asks questions about how we are feeling, about what our symptoms are, a coach asks questions to get to our real feeling and thoughts, which we can then hear ourselves. Once we have identified our concerns we can proceed with developing plans to achieve goals or overcome obstacles.

Which of your challenges have you resolved by listening to yourself?