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Change the Future

Academic journal article Manager

Change the Future

Article excerpt

Don't bring your problems to coaching. If you do, you'll be wasting your time and your money. If you want change to occur, whether at work or at home, the place to start isn't with your problems; it's with your future, with your vision and with your dreams.

Now this may not be the most startling revelation, but when it comes to making big, significant change, people too often focus in the wrong direction. Whatever your role, if you want to improve your performance or make a transformation, then you have to get absolutely clear - not what stops you - but what outcome you want to achieve.

More than this, you have to make this outcome compelling, urgent and a real stretch, so that when you get in touch with what it's like to live such a future, it releases your energy and motivation. In other words, you have to get completely engaged in what you most care about.

I call this approach, where you break out of the limiting context in which you have been operating, possibility thinking. Here I might have made it sound simple to achieve, but to break out of your current world view can be very challenging because it requires you to start questioning your opinions, assumptions and judgments. Furthermore, it will be far safer for you to look at what does not work, and to blame other people or events, than to take responsibility for what it is that you feel passionate about. …

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