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This month we introduce our readers to our Featured Coach of the Month, Angela Schloer, who gives us her tips on how to prepare ourselves and press the GO button in our lives.
Keep reading to benefit from her wonderful advice!
Here is our Coach of the Month – October 2017 – Coaching Q & A
PSG: What enables you get through uncertainty and get to GO?
I like to be prepared and I believe it’s important for me as a coach to enable my clients to be prepared too. Aside from ensuring that I have collected as many facts as I can regarding a certain decision, what has worked for me and my clients in getting through uncertainty is working on a strong foundation of self-awareness. Knowing one’s core values and deeply held belief systems really supports the process towards making big or small life decisions. I cannot necessarily control my external world, but by learning to take control of my inner world, my thoughts, beliefs, values, etc., I am able to create an inner sense of certainty that supports my decisions to go for things and press the GO button in life.
PSG: How do you support risk with intelligence when you have to make a big decision?
Facts and data are our friends. Big life decisions can seem so daunting and overwhelming at first when we view them from a place of confusion and fear. However, breaking down each element of a decision into facts and identifying the beliefs that we have attached to these, really helps in clarifying the difference between real risks versus perceived risks. I find that what most of us perceive as huge obstacles or challenges are based on the beliefs and interpretations we hold about something rather than what that thing actually is. That is why the reality-checking process in coaching is so important. Once we can separate reality and perception, then we can really start planning for actions to mitigate the real risks.
PSG: What is something we could all start doing to press GO more often?
Everyone is different and every client I have worked with has had different strategies that worked for them. However, if I had to give one strategy with regards to pushing the GO button in life, it would be to learn when the planning ends and let action begin. What I mean by this is, by all means, we should absolutely weigh all the risks, collect all the data that we can to support our decision-making process and use our head values to inform these. However, we need to learn to end this process and take the leap through action.
So, if you have always wanted to do something and have never gotten around to doing it, commit to taking one small action step towards it today. Start with one minute and see where it leads you. You want to be fit? Do one minute of jumping jacks now. You want to write a book? Sit down and write one paragraph right now. You want to spring clean? Clean one cupboard right now. You want a new job? Send that application letter.
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