Life Coaching Without Being A Life Coach
Exploring the world of life coaching as a relatively late entrant to this inspiring field, my mind is opening up to a plethora of new philosophies, models and buzzwords. Interestingly, in the midst of all this mind churning, my mind took a trip down memory lane and seemingly out of nowhere, I was overcome by a wave of nostalgia specifically recalling my Hindi teacher from my 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Now this goes back to the 1970s and I hadn't reached into this part of my memory bank in years. As I was reading about the GROW model referred to by Bob Thomson in his book "First Steps In Coaching", I was reminded of what my teacher Mr Kader Pasha used to keep repeating to his students and I was completely blown away by the uncanny similarity of his principles to the GROW model. Surely he hadn't read about this - it probably hadn't even been written about back then!
Mr Pasha used to say "To achieve anything in life, you need to follow four steps -
1. Determine what you want to achieve
2. Think about it realistically - why haven't you achieved it yet, what actions have you taken to achieve it etc.
3. What are the ways you can achieve it?
4. Choose the best way to achieve it, work out a plan and start taking steps towards it.
Don't you think the 4 steps detailed above are almost identical to the GROW model?
G - Goal
R - Reality
O - Options
W - Will
It gives me goosebumps now when I wonder about how Mr Pasha had so much wisdom - precious pearls of wisdom that he was freely imparting to his students who probably didn't give a damn about it back then (including me). He wasn't a qualified life coach, but boy, he knew a lot about life!