Jenny (not her real name) came out of her second session recently describing what she felt like as she came out of her first. “It was as if the whole world was brighter. The colours were brighter, the greens greener, the sky bluer.” That’s a key motivator in my coaching. I can turn the light on for my clients – and giving others a brighter future is a JOY.
This week I’ve had several life-brightening comments like that – two from people who I coached over fifteen years ago. Fifteen years! And they BOTH called this week, with real, deep, kind, oh-so-rewarding things to say. Completely out of the blue.
I stopped to think of how much they would have missed if they had not connected up. They both have children in their teens and twenties now, whose lives also are brighter (greener, bluer?) because these two men – their dads – chose to take action on the tough challenges they were facing.
Although it is impossible to guarantee results from coaching (no coach can do that) the long-term effect can be massive. The whole world can come alive in a way you have not noticed before. It is like hitting the Enhance button on your photo app, only to realise what you now see is how life actually is, the real deal, not an ‘enhanced’ version at all. It is just that yesterday was duller, a faded (tarnished, darker) version of how life is, and you hadn’t noticed.
Or perhaps you have. You’ve known a time when you were happier than you are now. You suspect there are dark shadows in your life that you want to get rid of.
And if I’ve coached you in the past, and you’ve not been in touch for a while, I’d love to know what happened and what you’re doing now. Sharing your joys with others multiplies them.