How ten coins created success
A challenge should be difficult but not impossible.
Stretch you but not break you.
Have a clearly defined reason why you are doing the challenge.
In June, I put into practice what I have been coaching my clients for the past few years. I wanted to create a story. A story I could relate to and show others why the power of coaching is so beneficial to achieving your goals.
My original goal was to do 100 press-ups every day for 30 days. Not a bad goal but needed to be harder. OK, 100 press-ups and 100 sit-ups every day for 30 days. It still didn’t feel difficult enough, so I added in 100 squats every day for the 30 days. Yes, that was difficult but not impossible. So, I wrote it down. One hundred press-ups, sit-ups and squats every day for 30 days. On the end of day 30, I would have done 3000 press-ups, 3000 sit-ups and 3000 squats – 9000 repetitions in total.
How was I going to do this so that it didn’t break me? Let’s break this down – 3 exercises, 100 times each a day. The 100 still seems a challenge, so I broke it down further. Can I do ten reps of each of the three exercises? Now that sounds more manageable. I will do three exercises, ten times a day and I wrote that down.
On day one, I reminded myself of the reason why I was doing this and visualised myself at the end. What would I be doing? What would it feel like? What would others be saying about my achievement? How would I reward myself?
I used ten coins to track my progress while doing the exercises. My ten coins become my best friend because I like to see progress, and I used the coins to move from one position to another after completing each set the exercises. Physically moving those coins closer to where I wanted to get to, I could see myself making progress, one coin at a time. Each set had just become one coin that I was moving closer to my goal.
The reason for me writing this is to tell a story to current and future clients that, however big your goals are, it can start from just one coin. Using a coach can really challenge your thinking, make you more aware, become self-responsible, make it achievable by creating an easy to follow plan with manageable steps and above all, remind you the reason why you are doing the task and what it will give you at the end.
Thanks for taking the time to read my insight into how coaching can help you achieve your goals. If you want to feel, see or hear how coaching can help you, then please get in touch.