A Coaching Power Tool created by Kelley Dadah
(Career Coach, UNITED STATES)
Action is deciding what you want to do and putting together a plan in order to achieve the desired goal.
Delay is all the excuses as to why you haven’t taken the steps to reach your goal. What is stopping you?
Every year we vow to better ourselves by making New Year’s resolutions. But more often than not they seem to be just words and not plans but into action. What we need to examine is the root cause of the delay. Why do we put off the things we really want to accomplish like losing weight or finding a new job? As a Career Coach I see my clients encounter delays and obstacles throughout the process. It is a big decision and one that takes a great deal of thought before taking action. However once the decision is made, there is often a lack of momentum in making that change. What are the obstacles that people face? It could be a number of reasons, job security, financial responsibility, benefits or relationships. Even when people don’t like where they work, it still might not be a quick process once the decision has been made to change jobs.
When working with clients, we often come across obstacles where their momentum seems to have stopped and their energy levels are down. When this happens, I work with my clients to help them figure out what is causing the lack of momentum. For example, if we put together a plan of action for searching for jobs by talking to people in the field of networking and using a variety of job boards.
I ask them a series of questions:
- How was your week?
- Tell me about your successes
- How do you feel you are progressing?
- What obstacles have you encountered?
- What is holding you back?
- What can you do moving forward?
- What do you think you can accomplish next week?
- What are some reasonable goals you can set for yourself?
By examining the reason behind their lack of action they are able to address the problem. For example; I had a client who needed a career coaching. He wanted to make the switch out of sales. John was recently laid off and really wanted to try something new. He was under time constraints to find a new job being newly engaged and the burden of the cost of his upcoming wedding. We were able to pinpoint two passions; finance and sports. John felt more comfortable pursuing a career in finance due to his professional background and accounting major in college. John completed a career assessment and we focused on researching a number of potential career possibilities. John discussed a job strategy that he wanted to pursue and set weekly goals for himself. The next two sessions John didn’t do the work he assigned to himself. We shifted focus to other areas. After the third session, I asked him if we could explore the delay in action. Why wasn’t he trying to achieve the objective he set for himself? We identified the cause of his lack of motivation, he simply needed a few weeks off before committing to a full time job search. By identifying the issue , we were able to able to put together an action plan where he felt comfortable. We constructed a time line where he could have some time off but also feel like he was contributing to his job search.
We often delay our actions subconsciously; it’s not that we don’t want to take action but sometimes we need to make sure we are taking the right steps. We need to examine what is holding us back. Understanding ourselves will only better us as coaches and really help us to help others.