The people of Boston, are known for being a hardy passionate people. From their sports teams to simply what goes in a chowder they have passion and the heritage in this town is everywhere. There are those who say “you either love them or you hate them” – and from what a native Bostonian has told me “either way we are fine with it.”
That is until April 15, 2013, on this day we watched the city we either “loved or hated” become Boston Strong. This was the day we all loved Boston – this was when we all became Boston Strong. Boston did what Boston always does, and it showed the country and the world the passion that makes them great. They rallied, and we rallied around them.
Coaching From the Heart
As I watched the Boston Marathon this year, I am moved to tears at how far this great city has come. Not just in the past three years – but also in the long, rich history that has truly made Boston – Boston Strong. I’m brought back to an older article I wrote around Christmas time a few years back. It does seem that holidays tend to make us reflect and bring us together with our families. They cause us to pause and pull each other closer.
Events that now affect us all because of media seem now to have this same effect. These are now becoming our traditions. What was once perhaps a tradition for a few has a much deeper meaning. The Boston Marathon has taken on a deeper meaning than a race that happens in a city in Massachusetts that we read about in history books. It is now a time of tragedy, of triumph, and of overcoming.
We now have stories of people who saw the need and the struggle and rose to the challenges. We have stories of the lives of everyday people seeing a need and making connections. We also learned that we don’t have to be thrust into a situation to realize that we can make a difference daily. This is why we chose to coach in the first place.
So let’s start today and make a difference by bringing Boston Strong mentality into your everyday coaching by learning to recognize the need.
Called to Coach – Sensing a Need
A Coach is primed to share his or her gifts; offering help to anyone who seeks guidance, assistance, mentoring, and nurturing. We are trained to solve problems. One may even say we are wired to help. It is who we are!
You are called to coach and most likely feel compelled to share your gifts and what you have learned. You’re passionate about helping and you probably seek out opportunities to coach. Perhaps you coach internally or volunteer in communities of need.
Wherever you have found yourself using your training and natural gift – you give because you can’t help but follow your heart.
In the process of coaching, the Coach becomes even wiser. As we listen to issues, stressful situations, and the hopes and dreams of others to improve we learn more about ourselves. For in the moment of a client’s sharing, we may become aware of having similar issues. In the time of awareness, we must call upon our deepest wisdom to be able to listen, to understand, and to remain objective. We must ignore any prejudice to access the best part of ourselves to share our gifts.
We all have the capacity to give, share, understand, and yes, learn. We can continue to look for those opportunities daily and watch for those times that perhaps we begin to see a little of ourselves. Put away our gremlins, our prejudice, and be prepared to listen and learn.
By applying this in my life, I have seen that I can acquire knowledge, become more compassionate, deepen the understanding, and connect on numerous levels.
In turn, this allows me to share my gifts in every session. Learning to be consistent with means that I will have a year of giving – and then I can learn to be Boston Strong all year long.