Luckily for us coaches, it’s really hard to coach yourself.
Some people have it all together. They know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and have the self-motivation to go it alone.
The other 99% (including me!) need a little help every now and then.
Yesterday I was having a session with a client and we were talking about how he kept putting things off until…
Until the next pitch had finished. Until he’d been on holiday. Until this big project was over. Until…
We talked about ways to address this so that he could work smarter, and later on I realised I’d been doing exactly the same last week letting a big presentation date determine my planning.
And I remembered the lightbulb moment I had with a few of my other clients when we used this kind of scenario to implement a small task that made a big difference.
The lesson is: Take your own advice.
Assuming you manage a team, or even if you don’t actually, when you’re leaving work just take 10 minutes before you switch off to think about what advice you’ve given out today.
And not just ‘official’ advice, but suggestions, support, ideas.
What have you said to a direct report, to a team, to a client, over a coffee, at lunch with a friend…what suggestions have you made to other people today about how they could do things differently?
And now think about whether any of those suggestions could be relevant to you.
And if they are remember them, write them down, and take your own advice.
You’ll be surprised how smart you are when you’re objectively looking at someone else’s situation, how clear solutions seem when they’re not your challenges.
And it’ll save some of those ‘damn, I knew that’ or ‘oh yes if id thought about it I could have…’ conversations, especially if you have one of those ‘come to me with solutions’ bosses.
Think of 3 pieces of advice you gave out today (or even if you thought of it but didn’t get to voice it), turn them on yourself, and implement them tomorrow.