“The less awareness you have, the more you become like others! Increase you awareness, then you will become more unique!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Growing up, I remember my elder brother and sister used to rent foreign movies, from their friends in school. We’d watch it when our parents weren’t at home, as we ought to be studying.
One question those movies created in my mind was, ‘will you ever be able to meet these kind of people, having a different skin colour and accent, anytime soon or they will forever be seen in movies?’
That question didn’t make me feel less of myself; it was only a fine, curious and innocent question that my imagination was creating.
Nowadays, my mind ask me new and exciting questions – these ones are now more of, ‘Fash, when will you get your acts together and move things up’, rather than ‘will you be able to do this or that’?
Interestingly, those initial innocent questions and perhaps, a desire to give answers to it, in reality could have been the reason I was constantly moving in the direction of doing things that was beyond my immediate environment.
I remember, that I was intentionally reading books from foreign authors, learning English beyond the ones my school teachers shared in the classroom.
Those movies were evoking some form of awareness – it was making an impression upon my imagination to think farther than where I was at that time.
A Coach does the same. The Coach evokes awareness – the ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information and to make interpretations that help the Coachee to gain awareness and there by achieve agreed-upon results”.
This aligns closely to something I read from Seth Godin:
“It’s entirely possible to believe that your ideas come from the muse, and your job is to simply amplify them. And that successful people are lucky because the muse keeps giving them useful and powerful ideas.
I’m not sure that’s what successful people do. All of us get an endless supply of ideas, notions and inklings. Successful people, often without realizing it, ignore the ones that are less likely to ‘work’, and instead focus on the projects that are more likely to advance the mission.
It’s possible to get better at this pre-filtering. By doing it out loud. By writing out the factors that you’re seeking, by explaining to someone else how your part of the world works.
Instinct is great. It’s even better when you work on it.”
There will be several questions and ideas in the mind of the Coachee, but the Coachee helps to clarify and explore how to select just a few thoughts through awareness that can lead them to make progress.
There are ways to explore and evoke awareness with our Coachee and some of the ways to do that can be through Powerful Questions, Silence, Metaphor and Analogy.
It is a way to constantly help the Coachee push through into the new level, rather than being
4 Elements To Consider To Evoke Awareness
-Consider the clients experience on what can be useful.
-Challenges the clients as the ways to evoke awareness and insight.
-Share observations, feelings and insights without attachments
-Invite clients to generate ideas to move forward.
Some of the questions to think about when having a conversation with a coachee when trying to evoke awareness can include:
What are you thinking, before we had this conversation?
What do you currently believe?
What are your 3 insights so far?
What are the 3 things you commit to doing? When will you get started?
What if you don’t have any fears, what will you do?
My Key Takeaway:
-Awareness must help the Coachee to move forward, not to just stay at the point of mere thought or advice.
-It is great to ask deeper questions that help the Coachee to pause and think a bit further.