You’re going to need a bigger hammer!!

Unless you work for a demolition company this is probably not an expression you use very often but it’s become a key part of my vocabulary in my work to develop outstanding coaches. Let me explain. Coaching isn’t easy and requires people to master a range of different skills to be effective. In the process of developing these skills I often come across people who say, “but I’m not good at that”.

People put barriers in their own way. These barriers are usually built on the outcomes of previous experiences which didn’t go well, and people create beliefs about what they’re not good at that hold them back. Does this sound like you? I think it would be fair to say we all put barriers in front of us at some points in our lives. What we do about them is the key to our long-term success.

What could you do? Recognising why these barriers might exist is the 1st step. The 2nd is using this understanding to create a plan of what you need to do differently to break these barriers down. And as some barriers might require a great deal of time and effort to overcome, the 3rd step is to find someone to help and encourage you when you might just need a bigger hammer!

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