When I was studying towards my coaching certificate, I had four test clients.
One of them paid me a huge compliment just recently. At his farewell when he left the country, he said that he thinks about his life as “before Joy and after Joy”.
When I reflect on the coaching program that I drew up for him, I am thoroughly amazed that the program was able to make such a significant impact upon his life. I remember not getting the program right the first time and I remember despairing just a little that I was never going to understand the presenting issue.
As it turned out, the presenting issue bore no resemblance to the real issue and I learnt that this is usually the case. The presenting issue was a symptom of the real issue and it was easier to face than the real issue.
As I continue to reflect on our conversations, I sometimes wonder if I would have been able to surface the real issue if it weren’t for his uncanny ability to capture his thoughts and feelings in such an authentic way.
It was during one of our conversations around his previous week’s daily journal that he had the aha moment. And he realized that the real issue was one that he would never have admitted to himself let alone say it out loud, but say it out loud he did. And then he sat back and shook his head, disbelief written all over his face.
We spent a couple of sessions unpacking how the real issue was showing up in his life. And the actions he needed to take to free himself from the guilt that we could link back to a couple of minor health issues that he was experiencing.
His was a wonderful case study that taught me so much. We closed out the engagement with a review of his self coaching plan. One of his commitments to himself was to continue with some of the practices and to carry on with his daily journal.
Despite the rather rocky start, our coaching engagement lasted just 6 sessions over a period of 11 weeks.
It is possible to change your life for the better, in under 3 months!
Until next time ☕️