U.S. Anderson who wrote the book “The Three Magic Words” He convinced me that God made man in his image and therefore God and I are one. In believing that, I had faith that God or what I now refer to as my “higher self” was ok with where ever my journey took me. I would not be judged and I could take life’s journey without ever getting it wrong.
This is a belief that will move a client forward and the belief can help us as coaches to realize that coaching is a journey not a destination. If we trust in the coaching process, we will not get it wrong. For the client, we must believe that the client will never get it wrong either. Their path is theirs to take and our job as a coach is to be the person who holds the space for infinite possibilities to unfold.
Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends and Influence People” He taught me that every human being needs to feel important and appreciated. Believe that every person has something worthwhile in them and find a way to let them know it. If we do that on a consistent basis, the world will be a much better place.
This message contained in that book highlights how important acknowledgement is to the coaching process. Each one of us needs to feel important and appreciated. For example, as a coach we may be the only person who sees how much improvement a client has made in his or her journey. Acknowledging the client for their achievement will encourage them to continue taking positive steps forward.
Jerry and Hester Hicks who totally convinced me that I am energy and that I draw to me whatever I desire with emotion and belief. I believe that I put that energy back out into the universe so that it will always be there for anyone who wants to use it. I will expand more on how energy affects our lives and coaching later in this document.
If we can coach our clients to become aware that they too create the events and situations in their lives then we open up the possibility for them to see different ways to respond. This awareness then leads to conscious choices that serve them much better.
I think the single biggest impact from reading these books besides what I referred to above was the inspiration to ask the question, What If? I will elaborate on why I think that question can have such a profound impact on our coaching.