A coaches mindset is to always see greater potential in others than they can see in themselves. The great coaches will first discover another’s interest in learning. They will quickly find what matters most to others in this dialogue. Coaches understand that learning to reach your full potential can rarely be, if ever, imposed. The mutual investment opportunity of coaching with fellow learner needs to be discovered, not mandated. An agreement to move forward generally occurs in the form of a question answered with interest or maybe even a response to a coaches challenge. To move forward together is up to the potential learner, not the coach.
Sometimes we respond with a devout interest to invest with one another, other times we offer only a cordial dismissal. Are you currently being coached? Are you investing time with coaches and mentors? Are you finding referenced guidance from the experts in their specified fields to continuously learn and apply what you are learning to your full potential? Not in every field, just the ones that matter most to you and your success with others.
A disciplined practice of learning and applying what you are learning with coaches, mentors or research will only help you to become more wise and help you to create a greater impact in your life. Each of you knows that it is up to you, and you alone, to set your course.
Find a coach, a mentor or a resource to extend your potential. Find those with a coaching mindset and learn from them. Adopt a coaching mindset of your own and challenge yourself to help others to be better as you learn with them. This only spreads the impact that you are capable of generating. We all have unmet potential if we care to evaluate ourselves.
“If I accept you as you are, I make you worse; if I treat you you as though you are what you are capable of becoming I help you become that.” — Goethe —