Put Me In Coach: Jumping Back Into Action After A Setback

playbookWe all know that life happens. It throws curve balls that we cannot anticipate, and often leaves us benched a little longer than we would like. For example, a client of mine had a circumstance occur and when it came time for our coaching session he felt like he had lost two weeks of progress and was feeling overwhelmed considering all that needed to be done. Do you know the feeling? Here’s what we did to fix it. We began with this question: “What do I need the most right now?”

My client was able to identify four major needs:

1) Team status

2) Focus/clarity

3) Expectations of self

4) Stop feeling overwhelmed.

Together we took these needs and developed a simple strategy by breaking each one down into the three-step plan at the front of my playbook. These three things are a guarantee to get things moving again: PLAN, ACTION, and RESULTS. By creating a plan and identifying the actions to take that will produce the results he was seeking, we divided and conquered the feeling of overwhelm that was impeding his success.

Each plan is specific to an individual’s needs, but here is an example of how my client approached his need to know the status of his team.

The Question: “What do you need when you think of your team?”

The Need: “I want to hear how their doing, what they need and to identify how to best communicate with me so I can stay focused this week as I return back to work and have two weeks’ worth of tasks to accomplish.”

The Plan: Create a clear, concise team email.

The content of the email was still in question, so to clarify my client broke down the need even further by identifying these things:

  •  What is the PURPOSE for the email
  • What is the GOAL set by sending out this email?
  • What ACTIONS are needed (including a strong call to action, i.e.; please respond back to me with your input/update by Friday at 5pm.)
  • What are the ideal RESULTS produced by sending out this email?

By the end of our call my client had a new plan and a new outlook on his journey. He stated, “Most of the overwhelmed and exhausted feelings I was having was really me just overthinking all that I had to do. Once we chunked it down and set up simple actions to take I was in immediate go mode and could clearly see how I was going to get everything done by 5pm Friday.”

The first question I ask clients who tell me they are overwhelmed is, “what do you need to get done with the time that you have?” My goal is to help create healthy boundaries that break down into reasonable timeframes that get results.

Time frames are helpful when taking on large projects and allow for smaller goals to act as milestones on the journey to the big goal. By creating an A | B | C system, you are able to see a quick snapshot of what needs to happen first. For example, if you say ‘by Thursday noon I will have completed X level of paperwork,’ by looking at your timeline you can identify that your “A” priority paperwork needs to be completed first. Allowing the visual aid of marking down the completion of each smaller goal in comparison to the big goal creates an end-in-mind approach that is helpful.

I challenge you this week to identify when you are stuck in ‘the feeling and thinking’ aspect of a project. If you are feeling overwhelmed, consider putting pen to paper and working through it with some strategy, which is my specialty and the main focus of coaching. Please comment below and let me know if you found this helpful or contact me if you would like to discuss your plans in detail.

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