Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Coaching Diaries- Dancing in the Moment with the Client

I came across this wonderful expression- “Dancing in the moment with the Client”. I think it captures the beauty of client centered coaching approach.
Focusing entirely on the client during the coaching session, listening- feeling what he/she is expressing and partnering in expanding his/her own awareness about oneself is a wonderfully fulfilling process.

When a leader or a coach, partners with a client to bring out the better or best out of him/her- the relationship in itself become transcendental. There is commitment to growth, expansion and touching higher realm within oneself.   

It offers a great opportunity to the Coach to practice selflessness. A powerful coaching session invariably energizes the Coach to be fully alive in each moment- be fully Aware of the Client- and oneself. And living in Awareness is beautiful!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Awakening the Purpose of Life: Power Coaching

Doing things that are consistent with one’s nature always are fulfilling and bring meaning to self. And amidst those cues of actions, life hides its purpose. Discovering it is bit like “Treasure Hunt” game- challenging, stimulating, frustrating at times- but exciting nonetheless.

Great Masters, both of the past and present have emphasized on discovering Purpose of Life.

For a coach, it would be a powerful action to challenge the client in discovering his/her Life-Purpose. And for the Client, it could potentially be an extremely engaging, creative and fulfilling experience. While ‘finding purpose’ may not be the expected coaching outcome- but finding that primordial source of Energy and, building subsequent actions/programs around it could be a very empowering and liberating experience for the client.

Here are some great quotes on Purpose:

“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”- Leonardo da Vinci

“He who has a ‘why’ to live for can almost bear any ‘how’”- Friedrich Nietzsche

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”- Gautama the Buddha
Bringing in the Purpose aspect is bringing in the Alchemy- it can transform the coaching process into something extraordinarily precious

Personal Excellence

Excellence is a heightened state of existence. Pure brilliance has a magical ability to transform mundane into inspirational. It uplifts the ordinary into aspirational, into a shining effulgent star which acts as a guiding angel for self as well as others who are in the circle of one’s life. Excellence is the Alchemy with transforms worthless into priceless.

Path of excellence is often lonely. It consists of those small minutes and hours of the day wherein we make choices about what we want to do, how we want to deal with various aspects of our lives and act on them. Former heavy weight boxing champion, Joe Frazier said... “You can map out a fight plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you are down to your reflexes- which means your training, That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you are getting found out now under the bright lights.”

The journey is no way easy. It has its ups and downs. Many a times circumstances do not favour your decisions. Unforeseen priorities spring from nowhere and you get sucked into chores of life which neither inspires you, nor does it compliment your true calling. There are times when lethargy sets in…or we tend to take things easy- we get de-focused. But the true seeker and practitioner of excellence keeps bouncing back.  Setbacks or failures caused even due to one’s own mistakes are used as fuel to move ahead in the journey of excellence.

Couple of years ago, I came across a quote from Lao Tzu, “Great Master weakens the ambition of the followers and strengthens their resolve.” I could not understand “weakens the ambition” part. After all, what is life without ambition- I wondered! After a few years of experiential learning, I started to see the point. Many of us undertake so many projects, initiatives, yet how many of those ambitious ventures see the final fructification? Many of them die right in the early stage. After getting enough knocks and deviations on my certain life goal plans, I understood the importance of “Strengthening the Resolve”.

It does not matter how big the quantity of one’s goals is. Pertinent questions- “Are those goals really worthy? And if they are, then what is the level of commitment I am going to behind their achievement?”  Approaching one’s goals with focus and sustained commitment produces Excellence and Excellence creates Magic!