Note: This is an opinion piece based on personal experience.
World-class therapists and coaches share a common view of people, in my experience working with colleagues over the years.
What’s the view of people the best coaches and therapists share?
People are works in progress. You are merely a work in progress. So am I.
Of course, some therapists see their clients in terms of diagnoses. Some coaches see their clients in terms of goals or accountability, or even as beings of light…but the BEST in both fields see people as works in progress.
What does it mean to be a work in progress? Check it out! It’s such a relief…
To be a work in progress means:
• You’re not the greatest thing since sliced bread.
• You’re not the worst thing since the plague.
• You’re working toward goals. You’re struggling with obstacles, like everyone.
• Your best option in life is to keep moving forward, content to WORK ON YOUR PROGRESS one day at a time.
Why is being a W.I.P. a relief and an advantage?
Because you can focus on one thing: doing your very best to make progress today. Moreover, when you do just that, you have the advantage of…. making daily progress (usually). Over time, it adds up!
If you’re a therapist or coach – no matter how skilled – your best contributions to your clients will enhance their W.I.P. status. Your interactions will make them more effective works in progress.
Are the alternatives so hot?
The alternatives to working on your progress one day at a time are:
1) Staying stuck/giving up.
2) Pretending you have arrived somewhere.
Both of these alternatives suck for their own reasons.
Focus on your daily progress as best you can. If you feel stuck, seek out a therapist or coach. If you’re lucky enough to find a world-class professional to work with, you’ll get help to become a more effective work in progress than ever.
Check out the video below I made specifically for coaches…revealing this great secret to being a world-class coach.
Here’s hoping this message has helped you in some way. For more great tips and for life coach training, check out the iNLP Center.