Got issues?

We’ve all got issues, haven’t we? Too much work. The traffic’s dreadful. Your wi-fi won’t work. The project’s running late. That meeting’s been rescheduled again. Do your issues weigh you down?

Before each coaching session, I ask my clients to complete a progress review form. Question three asks ‘What issues am I facing right now?’. Rarely, clients write nothing in that section; sometimes, they write a few bullet points; very occasionally, they write a great deal. As their coach, I’m not judging what they write; I’m simply asking them to get the issues out of their head and onto paper.

Question four asks them ‘What opportunities are available to me right now?’. Through this question, clients start to shift their focus from their issues to their opportunities. Again, sometimes, this part of the form is empty (although not often); sometimes, they’ve come up with a few points; sometimes, this section is packed with ideas.

Demosthenes wrote: small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Demosthenes wrote: ‘Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises’.

Coaching is described as solutions-focused. Please don’t think that this means that we brush problems under the carpet and ignore the issues; rather it means that we use what we learn about issues to create opportunities and solutions. Having reflected and learnt from difficulties, we can make the most of the available opportunities to make progress and generate yet more opportunities.

I think we can regard Churchill as a role model in the realms of mastering difficulties!

I think we can regard Churchill as a role model in the realms of mastering difficulties!

Today’s pebble for you to ponder: how can you shift your focus from your issues to your opportunities?

Any thoughts?

Michelle

ps If you’re trying to work your way through your issues and you’d like some help, why not email me to see how we can work together?

Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

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