To really start to know how to coach people, you need to understand how they really think. I’m not going to give a formal definition, because it is an art form, but here is a general overview I use to think about people as a coach: They make an initial judgment about something that seems interesting. Some things seem interesting and they are very open to learning. Then they get more and more involved in the process, learning more and more about it. After they start to understand the process, they are able to communicate more clearly. After more and more, they are able to put more and more into practice. And when they are finally able to say, “I understand this part,” they then need more and more coaching to bring out that same quality.
When you have that level of understanding of how people think, and their mental process of what they want to be doing and think, where can you start doing all the hard work required to turn that idea into something tangible? One thing that often happens with coaching is the coach goes over a list of goals and a lot of time and energy has been spent figuring out how best to accomplish them. But how do you motivate them? How do you get them to take more action to accomplish that goal? Those are the questions. So you start building the foundation. “When I start doing some reading about how I can do something for you, and then I’ll give you a little book to read and start by telling you what I want you to do, then I’ll ask you to come to class with me a few days a week. Then I’ll ask you to do a few more reads on that, and then I’ll go over to a few locations and tell you what you can do. Once you’ve done all that, I’ll come over and talk to you some more. And then on Sundays I’ll come over and talk to you about it. And then after a couple years, after I’ve taught all that much time and effort, after I’ve made those initial choices and decisions, then I’ll ask you to come to class with me again.” But you need to keep in mind that you’re not in any kind of position just giving them this book and telling them what they can do. You need to continue to go over and tell them things again and again, building them up. This is where the hard work, the hard work, is going to come in.
How do you approach success? We have a lot of ideas of what success is
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