In their musical version of Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein talked about the workings of the law of attraction even before anyone had heard of it, but they totally ignored a coaching strategy to make Cinderella’s dreams come true! Here are their thoughts in the lyrics of the song “Impossible”:
But the world is full of zanies and fools
Who don’t believe in sensible rules
And won’t believe what sensible people say
And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes
Impossible things are happening every day.
With a coaching strategy of just 5 basic steps, you can play fairy godmother (or godfather) and help your clients achieve what they think are impossible outcomes.
1) Clarify the goal
The first step in your coaching strategy is to specify your client’s goal in some objective measurable way. In order to know if he has reached his goal, no matter how impossible it seems, both your client and you must know exactly what outcome he wants. When your client is clear, you are clear, and your client knows that you are clear, the goal will begin to have a level of reality.
2) Make it real
The chemical reactions in our brains are the same whether an experience is actually happening to us or whether we are imagining it in our minds. Have your client imagine in detail what it will be like when he meets his goal. This step in your coaching strategy is to have him imagine the complete sensory experience. What would he see? What would he hear? How would he be feeling? What would he be doing? Coach your client in making the experience real in his mind to give him a strong incentive to take action toward his goal.
3) Strategize about action steps
Work with your client to develop a strategy to reach his goal. What does he need to do first? Who does he need to be to get that done? Your coaching strategy might be to work backwards from the goal to figure out what actions to take. Chances are, what your client wants isn’t going to just fall in his lap. It may change from impossible to possible, but he still has to do the work to get there.
4) Accountability has to be part of your coaching strategy
Hold your client accountable for each step along the way to his goal. Make sure he makes specific commitments and sticks to them. He will feel empowered by his progress and will gain confidence in himself and his ability to reach his goal with each action step he completes.
5) Celebrate each step
Acknowledging every step your client takes on the way to his goal is an essential part of your coaching strategy. Of course some steps are tougher than others, but they all contribute to making the impossible happen. Make sure your client understands that celebrating what he has already achieved is motivation for achieving more.
Using the 5 step coaching strategy, “impossible things are happening every day.”
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Dorine G Kramer
JTS Advisors Certified Strategy and Accountability Coach