For many, work and personal life seem to take place in separate worlds. People often ask how one can offer both “Executive Coaching” and “Life Coaching” as these worlds apparently do not have much in common: corporations are generally concerned with achieving tough business goals in a competitive environment. In contrast to that, individuals may strive for finding meaning in life, they want to change their careers, or they need to deal with an unhappy relationship.
However, despite superficial differences, being successful in business or in personal life requires very similar mindsets and actions. The keys to success are the same, and in the end it is always about people.
Consequently, a systematic coaching approach applies to both “worlds”, to organizations and to individuals. Five steps lead you to success in life and in business:
The initial step is all about gaining clarity: what is important for you in your personal life and/or in your business? What are your personal values? What are the values of your organization? What is the purpose of your life? Why does your company exist?
Ultimately: Where do you want to go?
Once you have gained clarity, you create a vision of your life or of your business. Whether you want to live life according to personal values which are important to you, or whether you need to achieve your company’s targets – you will only experience “success” when specific goals are set and you work towards them.
You need to set up a plan with concrete actions which will help you achieve your goals at work and in your personal life.
Maybe by now you have realized already that “work” and “life” are linked, somehow…
Your action plan is the answer to the question: How do you get from where you are now to where you want to be?
It may sound banal, but only if you execute the plan consistently you will move forward. Unfortunately, this is what many people struggle the most with. But it is definitely not enough only to know what to do – you also have to do what you know needs to be done!
For most people this means elaborating an answer to the question: What has kept you so far from getting where you want to be?
In order to become “un-stuck” or to break out of a vicious circle, you may have to overcome limiting beliefs and reconsider your values. And once more, the same applies for both, business and private life.
Well done! When you have reached this stage you have moved into action and made a lot of progress already. You want to monitor regularly if you are still on track. You may need to adjust the action plan from time to time, outer circumstances may change, and at times you might have to modify your goals
Add to all this a focus on people (you or the members of your organization) and their strengths, and you have an effective recipe to what I call “strengths-based individual and organizational excellence”. This, if followed consistently, will lead you to sustainable success – in your business AND in your personal life.
Special thanks to Angela Bird and Steven Frank who triggered the idea to write this post!