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Is Coaching for Me?
#1: TRY THIS QUESTIONNAIRE
Read these questions, answer honestly, and note your internal
reactions. If any of them hit the mark, now may be the right
time to engage a Coach.
1. Do you feel dissatisfied with your life?
2. Do you ever ask yourself, "Is this all there is?"
3. Are you filled with wants that are not being expressed or
needs that are not being met?
4. Are you overwhelmed much of the time?
5. Do you live your day according to your "To Do" list?
6. Do you feel stuck in certain areas of your life?
7. Are you at a possible crossroads in your life? Are you hesitant or afraid?
8. Are you doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results?
#2: TRY THIS WORD EXERCISE
As a Coach, I place great importance on language and word choice. My clients have taught me that their language is not passive. In fact, it’s another form of action. Not active in the same way as caring for elderly parents, volunteering at school, or completing a work project, but nonetheless true, significant action.
Read through the list below in your head or out loud. Gauge your internal responses when reading or speaking each word. Note the words that generate responses. Listen to that part of yourself. Try to hear what’s being said and feel what’s evoked.
#3: TRY THE WHEEL OF LIFE EXERCISE
This is a visual exercise, for those out there who are visual!! The wheel represents one way of describing your life now. A snapshot taken in the moment. The wheel is a self-reflective compass to check in with yourself to see how you are doing. It gives you a whole life view and often highlights where you might want to take action or what is missing or out of balance. I include two examples of the wheel of life with directions below.
Draw a circle on a piece of paper. You can use the categories illustrated above or create your own. You can have as many categories as you wish. With the center of the wheel as 0 and the outer edge as an ideal 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter of the circle represents a snapshot of your life at this moment -- your Wheel of Life. If the wheel looks lopsided or bumpy, it may be useful to get some life coaching to help you smooth out the ride! See example of completed wheel below.