The Power of Shifting Your Perspective

Posted February 20th, 2012 by Carroll King Schuller

When people come for their first life-coaching session, often it’s because they feel stuck. They know there is more to their job, education, or home life but they can’t quite put their finger on what’s wrong. Something just feels out of balance. Off-kilter.

Even though they can’t quite identify it, hints and clues are everywhere in our conversation, and I can often cut straight to the issue.

I like to compare it to a professional tennis player whose serve just isn’t quite right. He keeps diligently working to achieve success—to gain the right speed, to strike the ball at the perfect, sweet spot on the racquet–but he can’t figure it out. An expert coach observes him and, from seeing his serve from a different perspective, she understands what needs to be done. The coach talks with him about making one the needed adjustment. It can be as simple as a different tilt of the wrist.

Coaching of any kind has a funny way of helping us shift our perspective. It is a tool that helps us see our situation with fresh eyes.

Even though your personal diligence is essential, the benefit gained from the insights of a neutral, outside observer can go a long way towards helping you shift your perspective.

To get the most power out of your new insights:

1.) Stay open! Gaining new insights into your career or education might feel overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time.

2.) Give yourself time to think. Carefully weigh the thoughts of your trusted advocates.

3.) Go with your gut. Our instincts are almost always right, yet we don’t trust them enough.

4.) Realize that big change can happen quickly. Making up your mind is a powerful act.

As an experienced coach, I love partnering with people who are ready to get “unstuck” from their current challenges. To ask questions or make an appointment for a complementary initial session, call 804.288.0099 or 804.869.5403.

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