Creating Action

How do we create an action plan for ourselves? What gets in the way?

Some questions when dealing with obstacles:

  • Is that really a problem?
  • What are you going to gain when you’re through with all this?
  • You had a lot of options—you could quit. What is keeping you going?
  • An obstacle is something that is no longer an obstacle when you strategize and have a commitment to the goal. Obstacles deserve attention and strategies for overcoming, eliminating, addressing in some way.

What happens when a person is dealing with assumptions? Do  you have to deal with them first?

You have to articulate what you really want before you can create an action plan, which is why we talk about developing goals first. One woman thought she could just do a bunch of stuff, and someone from the outside would just tell her what she should want.

People need to think differently, because they way they already think brought them to where they are now. So thinking has to be changed for them. It all has to start in their brains.

What do you do if you have trouble visualizing yourself actually reaching your goal?
Many of us don’t allow ourselves to have a big dream, because our experience has been that dreams don’t come true. So we take the person back to their level of commitment, because people really do have choices.

Put together metrics for your dream: finished school, have an office, have x # clients. Where are you now? Start tracking–what it feels like to be where they want to be, based on where they have been and where they want to go.

Break it down into steps so it’s easier to visualize—you can see yourself there. Break it down into milestones that are more manageable. The goal is the point of arrival, but there are milestones along the way.

For example, create a collage of photos—of yourself doing the things you want to do. You are on your way from home to Hawaii even though right now you are in a squushed super-saver seat in the back of the plane, or waiting in line at the airport. Getting to the airport is not the goal, it is a milestone. Finding your suitcase is a first step.

What if you need time to think first?
Some people find it by verbally processing. Everyone has their own way of processing. Others prefer quiet time. I ask all my clients to gather their thoughts and be open to inspiration. Inspiration can come while hiking, while praying in church, while sitting on the train.

There are steps to change. For example, you need to figuring out your desires versus the status quo, then you set your goals. Then you’re ready to move to an action plan.

The steps to change are talked about in AC 107–coaching model. Coaches work with a model, and we will be establishing. There is a stages of change model. Identifying where they are versus where they want to be. Identifying what they want. We can be familiar with the entire process of change, because it is fundamental to the process of coaching.

As soon as we move from thought into action. That’s when the change comes in. Prochaska book Change for Good identifies the stages of change that people go through, so you can identify if the person is ready to work with you.

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