Axiom #2--Coaching is a muscle.

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July 12, 2011

Over the next few weeks on the CoachNet blog, we're going to look at simple axioms that make for more effective coaching. Here's the next in our series of coaching axioms. For the next few weeks, we'll be walking through some of the best, short statements that apply to coaches and coaching.

Axiom #2--Coaching is a muscle. 

Think about the last time you went back to exercising after a long break.  (I'm sure it was just a vacation.)  It feels good to get moving again doesn't it?  At least until the next day.    Those first few steps after you wake up are pretty challenging.   Soreness can linger for a week or more (depending on how hard you worked out).  But if you stay committed, pretty soon exercise only makes you feel better and there's no side effects!

Diving into coaching has the same effect.  It feels great to listen well, ask good questions, and focus on manageable action steps--especially when you're just getting started.  But the next day, it's much harder to reproduce the good effects of your coaching.    With some time and some repetition, you get stronger and the exercise gets easier.  Especially the posture of committing to ask questions is a muscle.  It only gets easier when you keep doing it.

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