The Good Coach :: The Time It Takes by Quinn McDonald
The Time It Takes
by Quinn McDonald
Still, it’s a realistic question—how long does change take to work? It’s a question every client has a right to ask and every coach needs to keep in mind. The purpose of my coaching practice is to “graduate” clients. Because each client comes with different needs and goals, times vary. I’ve had some clients for years, and some who notice change in a month. On average, change takes a while to take root, and it takes about three months for a client to choose a path, accept change, make it a priority and overcome change-back messages from family and friends.
Coaching is about change. Most people don’t like change. They want something different without change. They want someone to give them lots of choices and then choose something easy and POOF! life is better. I’d like that, too, but it doesn’t work that way. Otherwise I would be slim, sleek, firm, work in a big studio and have endless art supplies and time to use them.
Once the goal is set, we explore different steps to get there. Small, achievable steps. Each week there is homework. Accountability. Support. Movement toward a goal. And a chance to see a small goal expand to a huge desire fueled by steady work.
Quinn McDonald is a certified creativity coach, writer and book artist. Her book, Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art will be published in July, 2011 by North Light Books. Information on the book and Quinn’s coaching can be found on http://RawArtJournaling.com.