“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” –Dr. Maya Angelou
It is so rewarding to coach clients who want to be amazing and who dare to rise! They are fully aware of their current reality of operating in the normal status quo and are now ready to shake it up. Other clients gain the desire to rise during a few coaching sessions after self-reflecting and uncovering their goals and who they want to be.
Only YOU know what being amazing looks like for YOU! It may involve taking baby steps in accomplishing smaller goals. Or it may be making a bigger leap to a larger goal. In both cases, stepping outside of the norm to “Rise to be Amazing” involves the following 4 elements:
- Self-Reflection – Take the time to think about what you want to achieve and who you want to be in order to be amazing. Define what amazing means to you.
- Self-Awareness – Recognize your normal mode of operation, behaviors, and thoughts.
- Courage – Be willing to take a risk, to be uncomfortable, and to challenge yourself.
- Believe in Yourself – This is huge: envision yourself being amazing! Personally, this helped me achieve completing my first marathon in 2016. Wow—what a feeling! After doubting myself and not taking control of my life/work circumstances for years, I chose to Rise to be Amazing!
Being amazing works in your personal life and also in your professional life. For example, I have worked with many clients whose professional goal was to be an amazing leader. For these clients, a focus on better goal setting, diagnosing a direct report’s development level, or becoming better at providing direction and support defined being a master at management. Communication is another common topic where many clients want to become more effective. This, too, involves self-awareness, self-discipline, and the willingness to adapt one’s communication style and approach.
Who knows what you might achieve if you rise beyond being normal. I challenge you to Rise to be Amazing!!
About the Author
Terry Watkins is a coaching solutions partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies Coaching Services team. Since 2000, Blanchard’s 150 coaches have worked with over 14,500 individuals in more than 250 companies throughout the world. Learn more at Blanchard Coaching Services.