5 questions to help you find out.
When coaching and deliver workshops for leaders a main value is giving each individual time to actually focus on who they are, what matters and how motivated they are to put in the effort that change requires.
Coaching clients and workshop attendees can often come to sessions with mixed levels of intention or desire to change. How you ‘show up’ to coaching or development sessions and your readiness for change is going to make a huge difference to what you gain from them.
Here are 5 questions to enhance yourself awareness and identify if you are ready for a change challenge?
- What has been your relationship with change? What is your change history? Work and personally. What have been your change successes and achievements? What have been the failures or misses you have experienced? How would you rate your ability to set and stick to your change goals?
- Are you at the ‘pondering’ stage or the ‘ready to do something’ stage? Make a list of the pro’s and con’s for making this change. Until you have more pro’s than cons you are more likely to be in a stage of contemplation. More pro’s means than you are ready to identify actions and to act on them.
- What’s your reason for making this change? Clients often don’t have a solid enough reason for why a change really matters to them personally. A way to identify how important a change is to you, is by understanding your values, strengths, what you stand for and what is significant for you. A change that supports these is one that is driven by YOU and that feeds YOUR motivations to act.
- How good are you at having goals and committing to them? Are you someone who prefers to self motivate or someone who does better when there is support and accountability to others? Self motivated people will have a really strong ‘why’ and ‘purpose’ that keeps them going. For those that sustain their motivation better with the support of others, having a coach or trusted peer in place will play a big part in enabling focus and providing encouragement to achieve the goal.
- Does your mindset for change help or hinder you? Positivity toward change plays a big part in a person’s belief that they can make the change happen. Thoughts and mind-talk, if negative, can quickly demotivate. It impacts teams too. A group’s mindset can swing from positive to negative or back again based on the how they or a particular individual voice their views and opinions. As a coach I test the truth of mind-talk, help to re-frame negativity to find the learning and opportunity, so as to re-open the mind to keep striving.
Change isn’t easy, with the right preparation and support you can be both ready and successful in making positive changes happen.