We seem to craft life incrementally, minute by minute, thought by thought, choice by choice. With coaching, you notice and shape how your life develops. It is the simple yet profound process of craftsmanship.

Why Coaching?

Because minutes turn into decades.

Each of us is a speck in geologic time; we’re around for a century if we’re lucky. We collect objects and experiences. We wake, sleep, eat, laugh, cry. We craft a lifetime bit by bit, one skill, one experience, one thought at a time. Each day we succeed. We fail. We adjust. We live. We create another 24 hours, 1440 minutes.

If this level of incrementalism interests you, read on. If not, click to something different. That’s creativity too.

Our action or inaction shapes our minutes, days and weeks. Coaching sets aside time and space for you to craft the incremental process of life. Each day we require food, clothing and shelter. We may even seek out refined versions of these basics. Beyond that, we have aspirations in life.

Stop to answer this for yourself: What is the one thing you would like to make real in the world before you exit? (Okay, I tried to be subtle, but yes, by exit I mean die. Dust to dust and all that.)

Your “thing” may be improbable, as many aspirations are. Improbable or not, answer the question. What one thing?

Now, consider how incremental actions will build up over weeks and months and years and decades to bring this dream into being.

How coaching works.

There are many options and preferences among coaches about the structure of the coaching relationship. I recommend you meet with a coach every week, even if it’s only for 15 or 20 minutes.

When you meet every week, your commitment to yourself takes on a steady rhythm. You find it’s easier to establish and maintain lifelong habits. You build competencies (like self-awareness and mental flexibility) that are often neglected in formal education. These lifelong skills are useful everywhere in life, in your profession, family, and community. Every week you make a habit of choosing, consciously making decisions, aligning your actions with who you are and who you want to be.

An investment of 30 minutes, once a week, adds up to 26 hours in a year, just over one full day. Is your ongoing growth worth a day of your time this year?

My availability for individual coaching is limited. To find out more, call or send an email. Tracy or I will get back to you with more information and an approximate timeline. When I have a waiting list, I’ll offer suggestions about other coaches you may want to contact.

Jan Elfline

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