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Answers from Barry Gavin, April Coach of the Month
PSG: How do you keep up the level of courage and energy necessary to meet your stretch goals?
I use the tools I learned on the coaching course.
I opened a Success Bank.
I practice Gratitude and
I focus on my well-being; Exercise, Nutrition, Hydration, Rest & Reflection.
I also joined QCC (Quality Coaching Circle) which I would highly recommend. I try to attend the monthly events which I find to be a great forum for continuous learning, a wonderful source of support and a safe place to be vulnerable and to learn
All of this helps to give me the energy and courage I need to achieve my goals.
PSG: What have been your best ‘support systems’ in terms of keeping you motivated to continually learn and grow?
Barry: I keep in contact with some of my class mates, who are on a similar journey to myself. As mentioned above, I find QCC and the PSG team a great support system in terms of keeping me motivated to continually learn and grow.
PSG: What can we do as coaches to honour our true selves in our coaching practice?
Barry: I think there are a couple things we can as coaches to enable and empower us to honour our true selves in our coaching practice.
The first is to reflect and be clear on who you are; your values, your beliefs and your purpose. Secondly, be true to yourself; be authentic. Thirdly, prepare well. “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to fail”. Preparation includes practice, continuous training, managing your energy and your well-being, being on time etc. Fourthly, be confident, be energised, “turn up” and be fully present for your client.
I also find the four pillars of the co-active coaching model a great touchstone to keep me on track and Finally, always strive to be the best that you can be.
I live in Clondalkin, where I was born and went to school. I am married to Regina and we have two sons (23 & 27). I worked in Industry for 30 years, initially in the area of finance, but in later years I held various management roles. Today, my time is divided between Coaching and working as an Independent Director. My chosen area of coaching is to work with business executives, as I feel this is where I can add most value. In my spare time I like to keep fit, I am a member of the Esker Running Club and I am an active participant in Parkrun. I’m also a member of our local GAA club (Round Towers, Clondalkin) where I help out with our juvenile player (Le Cheile).
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