Early in my coaching career (about 10 years ago), I became frustrated with the weekly coaching chat seshes. It occurred to me that too many of these calls were spent discussing why the client (and usually the same ones) hadn’t done the week’s assignment (again!), and I wasn’t loving it.
I could tell these clients desperately wanted to change, but no amount of pep talking, soul searching, tough love, coaching “techniques” and my growing library of inspirational phrases, was helping.
A natural procrastinator myself and the poster child for “At Risk of Not Living Up To Her Potential,” I could relate and so was genuinely motivated to find real solutions… to find real “tools” that would help people make the changes they want to, even if they were as fallible as me.
The advice Stephen Duneier shares in this TedTalk is one of the gems I found along the way: To improve your odds of achieving your goals, focus on making marginal improvements, not on making BIG changes.
Duneier used this approach to transform himself from someone who struggled with simple tasks to a guy who is continuously achieving even his most ambitious dreams.
Could you use some of that?