I still remember the first time when my parents asked me to explain what I do as a coach. They wanted to know what accountability coaching is and why would people hire me, instead of simply being accountable on their own.
Those are good questions and my answers have not changed for all the years I've been on this path.
All of us have dreams. Some of us set goals. Few do it correctly and even fewer hold themselves accountable to accomplish them.
As a personal accountability coach, I help people forge the daily routines, practices and habits to live a life of meaning and fulfillment.
This is where my dad said: "So basically, you give people advise on what to do?" Well, no - I'm not in the business of giving advice - that's what a consultant does.
Then my mon chimed in: "So you help people deal with bad experiences and get better?" Not exactly - I'm not a therapist, or a counselor. Those professionals deal with past issues and trauma.
As a coach, I don't view my clients as people who are broken and need fixing. Coaching is a forward-focused process, which means you don't dwell on the past. You accept it and learn from it, so that you can objectively asses reality and determine the optimal step forward.
There's always a gap between where people are and where they would like to be. Throughout my practice, I've seen how most people know exactly what to do, but don’t take the actions to advance on their goals. They tell themselves a story. A story that they're not smart enough, strong enough, or brave enough. What holds people back is not capabilities – it’s fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of letting others down. It’s ok to be afraid, but it is not ok to let fear stop you.
Accountability coaching starts with getting clear on what your objectives are. Deciding what things need to be front and center in the current stage of your journey. Deciding what needs to be eliminated. Are the goals you set aligned with your core values? How does accomplishing those goals benefit you?
Those questions require deep reflection. Getting clarity on them paves the way to developing an action plan. The next step is taking massive action and executing on the plan daily. Since no plan is perfect, through coaching, you highlight how to adjust in order to get to where you want to be. It's an iterative process.
As an accountability coach, I challenge my clients to let go of limiting beliefs. I push them to produce their best ideas. I support and guide them to step out of their comfort zone. That is where real growth happens, and start living an extraordinary life!