My Coaching Philosophy
The 12th century mystical poet, Rumi, wrote:
“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.”
That describes what coaching is to me. I love being fully present and connecting with people, dancing in the moment so to speak, and I love being outdoors communing with nature. Coaching allows me to do more of both. But best of all coaching allows me to partake in others’ discovery of what that beauty and that doing means to them!
There are three guiding principles which define my approach to coaching:
- First, movement and growth are essential to life. Inertia and stagnation strangle a person’s spirit and creativity. What’s important is to start moving. The first step will determine the next, and so on. You don’t need to know the final destination. In fact, being focused on a particular outcome can limit all the wonderful possibilities discovered through not knowing.
- Second, every person possesses the inherent wisdom to meet life’s challenges. But that sense of inner knowing has often been silenced by other voices of authority and weakened by a lack of use and trust. My primary duty as a coach is to nurture and give voice to that inner wise self.
- Third, being fully present in nature connects a human being with that authentic self. In nature, one becomes a witness to the interconnectedness of all life, the inevitability of change, and the beautiful display of a power beyond our comprehension. Two people walking side by side along a path, an explorer and a guide, talking, observing and discovering—that is the essential experience of Stepping Out Coaching.