Updated: Oct 15, 2021
This article is third in a multi-part series that adapts and excerpts my entire book, The Coach Within: 28 Big Ideas for Engaging the Power of Your Own Wisdom, Creativity, and Choices*(Everything Goes Media, 2017).
“Travelers there is no path, the path is made by walking.” — Antonio Machado
Take just one step — physical, mental, or emotional — and you have created, added to the creation that is your path. It is a thrilling idea that when unwrapped yields more: we are always creating; from wherever we’re at, there’s an infinite number of next possible steps; there is no one right path to “discover”; our path is rich with past, present, and future choices of direction.
Why open up this material with creativity? Because knowing the essential power and necessity of creativity is fundamental! If you’re going to coach yourself to greater effectiveness, performance, satisfaction, peace, clarity — whatever — you’re going to have to bring about something new, different, better.
As you may already have caught on, by creativity I’m not referring to artistic ability or expressiveness or even out-of-the-box inventiveness. We’re talking about you as a generative source, someone who can bring things — desired outcomes, new realities, etc. — into being.
Coaching is a co-creative process in which a coach helps a client through the synergy of powerful conversations and honed communication techniques to produce chosen results, futures, states of being. When coaching ourselves we can always come back to creativity…knowing that it’s there for us, that we are inherently generative, and that we can harness it to move ourselves to where we want to be.
To employ the coaching tool of creativity, remind yourself when stuck, facing a daunting situation, or wanting to enliven your current activities of how ridiculously useful it is:
Through creativity I can bring about the things I desire.
Through creativity I can imagine and better clarify what it is I want.
Through creativity I can solve any problem I’m facing.
Through creativity I can generate multiple options for any situation I find myself in.
Take a step, traveler.
Your Coaching To-Do’s
⎕ Pick a goal, a thorny relationship, or a vexing problem that needs some care.
⎕ Imagine the optimal end result; get lost in the gamut of possible approaches and solutions — the more fun, dramatic, beautiful, the better; sculpt the new thing, hands on, removing what shouldn’t be there — first in your mind, then in reality — bit by bit.
⎕ Here’s your first chance to use the meta tools. In a 15–30-minute meditation or walking session, immerse yourself in creating an ideal outcome for your chosen challenge. Make some notes for yourself after the session.
⎕ At the end of the session, choose one real-world creative action to bring you closer to that perfect resolution.
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