Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Sometimes clients come in for their coaching meetings and they say, “I’m not really sure what I want coaching on today.”
To me this is an indicator statement. It indicates potentially two things:
The first I learned from spending time around my family ranch…machines break down. That’s what happens. If you have a machine that doesn’t break down, it’s probably not being used. If you’re not running into something each week that you need coaching on it’s a good chance you’re not working your machine enough.
Typically, when someone is really moving forward toward their goals and objectives they are going to run into something or hit a sticking point. If you’re not sure of what to use coaching for, one thing to consider is you’re just not moving forward with enough velocity and likely operating in a comfort zone or habit pattern.
The second thing I noticed simply from the thousands of hours I’ve spent with my clients. When I get the response from a client saying they don’t really know what they want to focus on for the session I started asking the question, “How long did you think about it?”
There’s always something that we need to work on, we just need to stop and think about it for a minute…or more accurately 5-10 minutes. 100% of the time they just didn’t think about it for more than about 1 minute.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners are really good and dealing with what is coming at them but often don’t take the time to stop to think.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Without comparison, the absolute most successful people I’ve ever worked with, who would always say, “Thank you! This had been awesome! I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and how much the company has grown since working with you.” ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS come to the coaching sessions with a question, a challenge, a thought, or something they want to work through. They have those questions ready because they are moving forward with velocity which means they are constantly running into something they need to figure out.