During a coaching session this week my client said “I always feel better when I have spent time with you because you MOTIVATE me”. This got me thinking….. do I, or am I the catalyst for MOTIVATION?
Is it a coach’s responsibility to MOTIVATE a client? Or is it having the ability to RAISE AWARENESS that the client has stepped outside of their personal COMFORT ZONE and hence the magic is happening.
We all have different things that will motivate us as individuals to take action, however 9 times out of 10 we are MOTIVATED because we want to have, be or do something. To achieve those wants and needs, a coach will help a client SET GOALS and when setting goals the coach would ENCOURAGE the client to feel stretched and feel that this goal is currently out of their reach. Hence they have to work harder and smarter to achieve. As a result they will need MOTIVATION.
A coach can help a client IDENTIFY their motivators through using a variety of tools and techniques. My favourite is VALUES ELICITATION where I will raise a client’s awareness to their VALUES. The key words that move them towards and/or away from their GOAL ACHIEVEMENT. Through completing this exercise myself, I am now very self aware that for my MOTIVATION to kick in, ALL my goals have to be congruent with my CORE VALUES = Security, Family and Money.
Whilst working with my client this week, I helped her identify that her CORE VALUES are encouragement, support and recognition. This was the moment she realised that actually she doesn’t need me to motivate her as her coach, she has this resource inside herself. However she needs to make sure she regularly steps out of her comfort zone and into her learning zone for the magic to happen.
How do you know you are MOTIVATED?
- What does it look like?
- What does it feel like?
- What does it sound like?
Next time you’re MOTIVATED – capture those thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Posted by Claire Cahill