- Prepare on paper:
For your first session, it is necessary that you complete the intake form. You can get it here if you don’t have it already. It is important that you fill out the form when you have the time to really get quiet and honest. This form will help you to better understand what’s important to you, where you may trip yourself up and what you want to get out of coaching.
For consecutive consultations, is there something specific going on that you really want to talk about? Is there an experience from the week that you want to share? Do you have questions about the process, or have questions come up for you during the week? Do you need a reminder about a tool that was discussed? The #1 thing you can do is put pen to paper at some point before the session and make some notes about things that are important to you. This is an excellent way to practice getting your needs met. If you can practice and get good at this with your coach, then you will be able to transfer that skill to other areas of your life.
- Take notes:
Get yourself a coaching note book, a place where you can put the date and make notes as the session unfolds. Coaching sessions go by quickly, and a lot of information comes up. Bring a notebook and pen and allow yourself to jot random words, phrases, and points. You will also be encouraged from time to time to write down specific things that are essential to your journey. Have a book where you can capture this all. This then becomes your resource for the time in between sessions. If you are not thinking about the sessions in between the sessions you will not make the changes that you seek. Get a coaching note book and give yourself the amazing feeling of reflecting back on the notes, tools and exercises you have been doing to progress. In a few short weeks these notes will add up, and I can almost guarantee that you will be impressed with the results.
- Take care of your needs:
Before the session take a minute to assess your needs. Do you need to use the washroom, get a glass of water, turn off your cell? The more you can do to create a space for you to work uninterrupted, the more in the flow and in the moment you can be during your session. This is deep work that can not fully happen when you have distractions around you.
- Keep an open mind:
There is no set way to get “there”. Allow your coach to take you to places that you have not considered before. Open yourself up to the possibility that your perspective can be shifted. A good coach will prod you into places where you may not like to go, but with an open mind work on trusting the process.
- Trust in the process:
By making the decision to work with a coach you have made a decision to become more of who you really want to be. Set yourself up for success by trusting in the process that you have set in motion. A coach can catapult you to success, but you need to be prepared to do the work.