Putting a Frame Around Your Future


May 31, 2011

In a blog post a couple weeks back, the focus was three steps to keeping your coaching on track.

frameBut shortening the distance between where you are and where you want to be is only one of effective approaches to coaching, and perhaps the most common approach.  You might think of it as putting a frame around your future.  

Let's try a mental exercise.  From your starting point, picture where you'd like to be.  What's in the picture?  What will it be like when you get there?  What do you know you'll accomplish on the way?  Try to think about the destination is as much detail as possible. 

Now imagine putting a frame around that mental picture.  It looks good inside of there, doesn't it?

The frame does several things for you.  First, it focuses your attention on the very things you want to accomplish.  Second, the frame gives you a very clear line of demarcation about what you will work on and what you won't.  Third, as you get closer to your goal, the details inside of your frame become clearer.  The amount of detail coming to life inside your frame is a pretty good indicator of how much progress you're making.

This kind of coaching draws on a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and gives you some easy strategies for focusing on action.  A great coaching question would be "What step(s) could you take to get closer to your destination?"  Best of all, asking powerful questions with one eye toward what's in your frame, guarantees that you're drawing the client out and empowering them to make the best plan possible!

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