Early in my coaching career (about 10 years ago), I became frustrated with the weekly coaching chat seshes. It occurred to me that too many of these calls were spent discussing why the client (and usually the same ones) hadn’t done the week’s assignment (again!).
I could tell these clients desperately wanted to change, but no amount of pep talking, soul searching, tough loving, coaching “techniques” and my growing library of inspirational phrases was transforming their lives and habits.
Since transforming lives and helping people live up to their potential is why I got into this field, I was discouraged by my inability to really help these clients.
A natural procrastinator myself and someone who was once “At Risk of Not Living Up To Her Potential,” I could relate. So, personal and professional interests led me to research how people change unhelpful behaviors… and to find real “tools” to help us make the changes we want to, even if we’re fallible and prone to procrastination.
The advice Stephen Duneier shares in this Talk is one of the gems I found along the way:
To improve your odds of achieving your goals, focus on making marginal improvements, not on making BIG changes.
Duneier used this approach to transform himself from someone who struggled with simple tasks to a guy who is continuously achieving even his most ambitious dreams.
Could you use some of that?