Persistence, exploration, curiosity, resilience, the next big thing, growth, and mindset are some of my favorite words, and I always live by them. In fact, "Growth" has been my favorite word for as long as I can remember. It consistently tops my list of priorities. I prefer working with individuals who value personal growth. Even better is when people discover their passion for growth during our coaching sessions together.
My advice to everyone I encounter, in one way or another, is this: please be encouraged if...
- You feel like you're not making significant progress on your current journey of personal growth.
- You experience feelings of solitude and isolation, longing for more comrades, mentors, and cheerleaders.
- Despite your efforts, the desired results have not materialized yet.
- You recognize the need to pivot in a new direction because the old path isn't leading you where you intended.
- You suspect something is hindering your growth, but you're unsure of what it might be.
- You are indeed making progress and achieving numerous goals but sense that something is missing, something that could make things even better.
- You've been so fixated on accomplishing specific objectives that you fear missing out on a fuller, more balanced life.
When people inquire about the benefits of executive coaching, my initial instinct is to emphasize the importance of self-awareness. A skilled coach can help you perceive what you might be overlooking. A limited or negative perspective, unresolved shame, grief, or trauma can all result in less effective leadership and relationships in general. This can manifest as grandiosity, low confidence, a defensive posture, impostor syndrome, the inability to establish appropriate boundaries, or a tendency to prioritize pleasing others. All of these behaviors are rooted in certain patterns of thought and behavior that, once understood, can be confronted, navigated, and improved. Unaddressed blind spots can restrict a leader's capacity to realize their full potential and can foster a mindset that opposes growth despite considerable efforts.
Extensive research in the realms of education and corporate studies has illuminated the disparity between individuals who are open and eager to take positive strides toward success and those who are closed off. It is evident that in order to acquire new knowledge and skills, one must be willing to take risks and endure the discomfort of not knowing, often at the risk of not appearing competent. Unwillingness to embrace this process hinders personal progress. Herein lies the distinction between a fixed and a growth mindset.