An important tool that everyone needs to become successful is a blueprint or a plan. You could call this a diagram, schematic, or instruction manual. This outline helps you get from where you are to where you want to be. The coach helps you with this by first listening and then creating a conversation that gets you from A to B.
Do you want a Travel Agent or a Tour Guide?
Here is where a coach can help you with your quest. Some coaches are travel agents, and others are tour guides. Travel agents find out where the client wants to go and assist them to find the best possible solution to get to their destination. A tour guide takes you around sightseeing and observing all the neat little intrinsic things. You might gain a little bit of knowledge, but it was just fun to take the tour. A travel agent helps you get someone to improve your quality of life; you get to make all the decisions, and they help guide you through the process. They help you build an itinerary or in coaching we help you create an individual development plan.
The Coaching Conversation Helps You Develop A Plan
In the overall process of coaching, you will develop goals, a foundation, a plan. This plan is like a blueprint that shows you the tools, parts, estimated time and other additional information that you need to assemble the product. The coaching conversation is the vehicle that gets you from one destination to the next.
In the beginning, the coach listens to you and finds out your vision, goals, wants, and desires. You will tell the coach what the finished product should look like. Then the coach helps you create an individual action plan to move you towards the end product. You cannot go forward without a focused, clearly outlined goal to equip you with a plotted destination.
Proverbs 24:27 (ESV) states, “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.” This is an economy lesson for the home but encourages thoughtful preparation before taking on any project or goal, so that one may have a better quality of life once finished.
Luke 14:28 (ESV) states, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it.” This second-century unknown author of Luke 14:28 (ESV) was probably Paul’s companion when he wrote about making impulsive choices.
Begin With The End In Mind
These two verses get at the heart of prudence and also commitment. Being mindful of options, not taking unnecessary risk and not doing something that one might regret later. Then being fully committed to the process and the finished product. Preparing for the journey, analyzing the risk or cost and deciding which option is the most likely to succeed are a necessary part of life. It can be a lot easier with a foreman or a travel agent, like a coach, to help guide you in the process.