Throughout this series, I have discussed the factors that go into creating sustainable wellbeing: It’s about being aware of the changes you want to make in your life, being confident in your plan, and taking positive steps consistently as part of a systemic process. There’s just one secret I haven’t let you in on—that final key to making positive, long-lasting changes. And that’s being connected.
Tune Into Yourself and Others
In my wellbeing coaching practice, I use the COR.E Wellbeing Dynamics™ approach to help people attain their goals. That only works, however, when they resonate with their objectives. What I mean by this is they have to understand their values. This creates an internal connection to themselves. Then, they need to interact with others for support and growth—that’s being connected to others (and a key factor I discussed in my last post on having a systematic, repeatable approach).
Countless studies have shown that collaborative efforts reap greater outcomes. If you are trying to lose weight, for example, you probably will have better outcomes if you are part of a group pursuing the same goals (in addition to a nutritional and exercise program). That’s because support creates accountability and more energy. Not to mention that it helps overcome isolation, which causes many people to throw in the towel!
Different Types of Connections
What if a person doesn’t have a supportive network or doesn’t want to be part of a group? Let’s face it…a support group isn’t for everyone; others just don’t have supportive people in their lives though they crave a positive change. That’s where we know having a coach can help. How can you use this as a benefit for potential clients to build your coaching business?
Someone working with a coach connects to the coach for support, which in turn, gives them the tools to connect to themselves—those two vital connections I mentioned before. Coaching is an effective partnership for so many goals—not just ones related to physical wellbeing. When you help your client connect to their true values, then set priorities and make choices in alignment with those values, it gives both the coach and the client a sense of clarity and motivation, instead of clients acting out of “shoulds.”
Connection is vital because it keeps clients constantly aware, confident, and consistent in the practices that make up the systemic approach needed for sustainable change. We all need to remember to reach out for support, whether it’s from a group or a coach (and, yes, even the most successful coaches have coaches to stay sharp and achieving at high potential levels), and to stay on the path to hitting our goals—with the potential to surpass them!
Tambre Leighn, MA, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
Managing Director, COR.E Wellbeing
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching