I was asked yesterday what Life and Leadership Coaching is? About what I do.
This is how I explained it.
Imagine for a moment your life is one long journey, along a wild and unpredictable river.
A river that ebbs and flows, streaming out in many directions.
A river filled with obstacles both, seen and unseen.
A river which can broaden into huge, open expanses filled with endless possibility.
And also narrow, restrict and almost strangle you in places.
In times of ease, you float along sections of calm, mindfully delighting in the peace and tranquility.
You change direction at will, pausing to embrace the splendour of life as it slowly drifts into view.
You are synchronised with the gentle rhythm and sounds of the river, of your life. Able to control your pace, your direction while enjoying the steady flow.
In times of turmoil, worry and anguish the current speeds up, gathering strength as obstacles appear.
You barrel along very quickly, dragged along by the power and energy. Grabbing you, pushing you, pulling you in every direction. You sense a loss of control.
You resist, it is hard. You see the rapids ahead. You desperately try to stand against it to stop following this destructive flow. Unsupported you stumble, fall, finally succumbing. The river claims you and frantically begins dragging you along.
The ferocious momentum pounds your body against rocks and branches. You hurt, fear and worry as your wounds deepen and your energies deplete. You catch momentary flashes of beauty, exquisite reminders of the ease to this river, the gentleness that does exist.
You squeeze your eyes tight and imagine you are there.
Somehow you become wedged up against a platform, a potential sanctuary in these wild and savage waters.
A hand reaches out. You take it and clamber to the safety of this refuge, rising above the torment of the river, looking down able to assess all that surrounds you.
This is the coaching space.
Exhausted from the fight you collapse, relieved as your story spills forth, soaked up by finely tuned ears now listening with immense understanding.
You are gaining strength, accessing deep reservoirs of your own knowledge and skill Clarity allows you to focus further into the distance, to a place of possibility. As the current swells around you, you discover a passage, a way through, a strategy to take you where you truly want to be.
You use this time, to make plans, to take action, as you prepare yourself to manage in the wild and crazy current.
No one can do this for you, this is your river to swim.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is the platform above the wild and tumbling waters, the safe place to reflect, to discover and assess.
The place where dreams are born, actions are formulated and true desires are given breath.
Coaching is the support while learning to stand against the current, in your field of power, in your beauty, in your destiny.
P.S. If you have any friends that are barreling down the river, struggling for that platform to stand on, I would be utterly delighted if you shared this with them, they might be too.
Let us all Live and Lead Fabulously.