Serendipity often plays a big role in how a life coach tips the scales toward success for a client. In a recent quote from A.Word.A.Day (http://wordsmith.org/awad), author Yahia Lababidi says “Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions.” As coaches, our starting point is always to work with our clients to develop their sense of direction toward their goals. But everyone has collisions that knock them off the path they plan to pursue. Serendipity plays a big part in the direction we end up taking. So, how can you use serendipity to benefit your clients?
Keep an eye on the big picture
One way a life coach tips the scales in a client’s favor is to keep an eye on everything that is happening in your client’s life–the expected, the unexpected, and the interaction between them. You have a unique perspective into how the client is, or isn’t, producing the results he wants. Most people have blind spots that limit their ability to understand or even to see the multi-dimensionality of how results are produced, particularly if there is no direct cause and effect. Coach your client to become aware of his expectations and his feelings at multiple levels. Then, when serendipity challenges his plans, help him find the positive outcomes of those unavoidable and unexpected collisions we all experience on a day to day basis.
A life coach tips the scales towards opportunity
Collision, serendipity, accidents–whatever word you use, it’s also the word for opportunity. Something unexpected happens and suddenly there is an opening for new ways of thinking, new ways of taking action, and new kinds of results. But often, a client will be so focused on what he thinks he needs to do, or so committed to whatever ideas he has, he won’t see the opportunity that serendipity has put right in front of him. When opportunity knocks, a life coach tips the client toward the new path and helps him see both the opportunities he will miss out on if he clings to the familiar and the opportunities he has if he opens the door.
Dorine G Kramer
JTS Advisors Certified Strategy and Accountability Coach