“Laura Barker, step on to the stage and under the spotlight.”
Positive Intelligence (PQ) teaches the five (5) powers of the Sage: Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Navigate, and Activate.
Notice that Activate is the final sage power. Just like actors must learn their lines, you must prepare your plan of action, which I navigated with you in last week’s edition. My plan, as you know, is to focus solely on coaching.
Through Life fully loved, you’ve learned how to shift from a negative, fear-based saboteur mindset to positive, loving sage mode through PQ reps. In sage mode, you have access to all of the sage powers. Make sure you do your PQ reps before taking laser-focused action to ensure you’re in the right mindset.
With the spotlight on me, I can clearly see I need to sell my services. If I want to coach, obviously people need to know about what I offer. I need to tell people why they should care, as Schwarzenegger points out in his delightful new book Be Useful.
Recently, my brother asked my mom for advice on various mortgage options for a condo he’s buying. Which one should he choose? My mom likes solving problems but she had more questions than answers based on the limited information she received. We had a talk. As a result of our collaborative discussion, she realized she didn’t need to know the right answer (“pick option 2”). Her value lay in asking the right questions. My brother needed her insight into what was missing in addition to identifying the pros and cons.
Coaching helps you see what you can’t see because you’re lost or stuck or simply don’t know what’s next. You gain clarity by considering powerful questions that nudge you to think differently. You feel empowered when you realize that answers lie within you, no one else.
My camera lens shoots images of me coaching 1:1 and in small groups. Picture it: that “a-ha” moment when the client lights up because he realizes something new about himself. Scroll to the next frame showing a client working through a problem and coming up with an innovative solution. Cue a fist pump in the air. Then a third frame of a client comfortably communicating a clear message to her team because she’s clear on her goals and how to achieve them.
Coaching regularly employs visualization as a tool for personal and professional development.
Coaching works. It’s action-oriented, in fact. You receive homework at the end of each session, which is followed up at the start of the next session. Accountability is baked in as you progress toward your goal(s).
Goals create meaning and purpose in life. Fulfilment comes from the action related to achieving the goal. It’s not even about the actual achievement of the goal as that’s only momentary. While you should rightly celebrate accomplishments, satisfaction actually derives from stretching yourself, being uncomfortable, and trying something new.
Coaching gives you clarity, impact, and growth. Who wouldn’t want that?
Below are the three coaching solutions I offer. Click each for a breakdown of each.
- Career Focus gets you back on track by identifying what fulfils you.
- Life fully loved is about leading from a place of strength.
- Changemaker involves driving positive change, making a meaningful impact to your industry, community, the world.
If you’re curious to try coaching, sign up for a free 30-minute session and see what it’s about. No strings, I promise! And, please share my message with those who may be curious about coaching too. All you need to begin is a willingness to see things differently.