Following is a letter that I send out to every one of my coaching clients at the end of what I call Phase 1 coaching. All my clients receive some form of this letter, whether I have coached them as individuals or they are part of a cohort, whether their reasons for hiring me were to increase sales, become a more effective leader or more satisfied in their careers.
If you have benefited from having a professional coach, how does this letter speak to you? If you have never enjoyed the many benefits of being coached professionally (Why not? :), how might this letter speak to you anyway?
|Find your potential inside.|
Congratulations on completing Phase 1 coaching! By now, you have put yourself in control of your own continuous development. You have not just completed another training program; you have learned what it takes to create sustainable change.
You should have a deeper sense of who you are, who you want to become, what you want to achieve…and how you will be successful. You have a plan for developing your potential to become the leader you can be – one that will make greater contributions to the ongoing success of your organization.
Leaders are made, not born. In fact, everyone has a capacity for leadership. It’s just that few use it. Those few have developed their leadership skills and a passion for life that attracts others to them. They have a clear sense of purpose for living, they continually achieve goals based on that purpose; in fact, they live life on purpose…and it shows. They improve the quality of life for themselves, for their families, for their organizations, for their communities and for the world around them.
Unless you plan to stop living, your goal-setting and goal-achievement days are never finished. If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals:
- How can you prioritize them?
- How can they motivate you?
- How can you attain them?
- How can you be successful?
- How can you attract other successful people?
- How can you live life with a “magnificent obsession”?
- How can you make life a “magnificent obsession” for the people around you?
Attitude is the magnet that will draw your desired results into view – IF your attitudes are positively charged. If your attitudes are negative, they will push you away from your goals. Will you need to face the negative attitudes of others? You bet. Just remind yourself that it is your belief and attitude that will determine your success. How you lead your life not only determines your future, it also determines the future of those around you. You are responsible.
What is your future and how will you invent it? How will you help others invent the future? Your future and the future of your organization will be determined by your ability to guide, direct, coach, and motivate individuals towards the accomplishment of goals through a continuous process of goal setting, planning, achieving, and evaluating. You have the tools you need to be successful, to evaluate continuously where you are and where you want to go.
“Courage becomes a reflection of a growing desire to become the kind of person you want to become, to have the kind of life you deserve, and to be the successful leader you are meant to be.” When you do what you say you are going to do, you will know what it really means to be complete, balanced, whole…to be successful.
Every life has a reason. Discover your purpose; test it by living each day On Purpose.
With great admiration,
Mark Sturgell, CBC ~ “Your coach for life”