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Coaching someone is an interesting adventure. You are trying to help someone develop themselves, establish and accomplish their goals, and encourage them when the journey becomes difficult. A typical coaching session includes checking in and checking up on any progress since the last session.
Progress can be slow.
Progress can be hard.
Progress is about making a repeated effort, over and over again.
Having someone else check in with you can be helpful.
Having someone else check in with you can be frustrating.
Sometimes there is great progress. Sometimes progress is slow. Sometimes obstacles get in the way. When checking in, you can sense when progress has been slow by the tension during the meeting. There is a quiet hesitation as you begin to ask questions.
When frustration builds, answers sort of blurt out.
“I will be there someday…”
Those words told a story. A story of frustration at how steep the journey had become. A story where each subsequent step was harder than the last. A story that felt endless when trying to envision the top of those stairs when standing at the bottom.
Those words told another story. A story with a little hope. A story that needed to rest between steps. A story that needed to remember to occasionally look back, and see that each step was one step closer to the top. A story that despite the hardship, still believed that “I will be there someday.”
Where has your journey become steep? Where has the progress slowed or stopped?
Maybe today is a good day to remind yourself to take that next step, and remember that YOU will be there someday.