Personal development is often thought of as a lifelong endeavor. And, truth be told, it rightly should be. But, where does one begin? Does it feel overwhelming to consider? Isn’t it uncomfortable? Will I have to totally change my entire life?
Woah friend, you’re not alone in these worries. It’s a big topic, with plenty of questions. Questions I’ve often heard repeated as a life coach.
I’ve worked with clients in both short and long-term periods in my time as a life coach. Anyone that is willing to choose to improve themselves in some way is making the choice for personal development. Developing and aspect of yourself personally. It could be work related, or relationship bound, or habitual thinking patterns, or any number of other things. It all counts. You’re already doing it.
Having a partner in your development helps you get your results more quickly. Think about how much longer school would take if you didn’t have a teacher guiding your lessons. How much harder work would be if you didn’t have anyone at all to ask “how do I…?” A coach takes on a similar role, except my job is to help you form the right questions so you can find your own answers.
With every client, my intention is to be a helpful guide. I’m of the opinion that one of the best ways to do that, is to help you determine what actions you want to take in order to get where you are trying to go. I’ve become known for my core values exercise, among other useful and practical exercises. I believe personal development is an action - it’s something you do.
You start with a single session with no cost or obligation. You will experience what you would in any other session with me. For some clients, this session is all that is needed to unlock a sticky thought, and send them back out into their own realm of personal development. For others, it’s the beginning of a series of sessions that delves deeper into the growth and development they are looking to achieve.
But wait, isn’t personal development a long-term thing?
I certainly like to think so. But, that doesn’t mean you need to commit to one coach or one book or one method of improvement until the end of time. Sometimes the most noticeable shifts occur because you’ve chosen to do something short-term with high focus.
What if I don’t like what I uncover about myself?
That’s an important and very real question to be asking. You can’t unlearn something once you know it. The question then becomes: Am I willing to be uncomfortable in order to grow? Consider people that go to the gym for a minute: they may not notice anything right away, except the discomfort of sore muscles. But, that soreness lets them know they are developing something new, something stronger. They are willing to face the discomfort in order to make improvements for themselves.
I know it’s easy to get started, but is it hard work?
I won’t lie, it is hard work. I’ll encourage you to think about some of the hard things you’ve already done in life. The schooling you’ve completed, starting and/or growing a business, being a parent. None of these things are an easy journey, but the treasure found along the way is often worth it.
The first step is to try out coaching with me, and see if we are a good working fit. If you have questions before you are ready to schedule your first session, my personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to spend the time answering anything I may have missed here, or on my What Is Coaching page of my website.