Does coaching work for doctors?Coaching can enable doctors to find their own way forward to a more balanced and happier life. This is what coaching can do for you if you are a doctor who is wondering about coaching and feeling hesitant about hiring a coach because you don’t really understand how a coach might be useful:
A coach can:
- Motivate you to move forward and do what you want to do by encouraging you to take the first step and then some more, especially for those things you have been procrastinating about for some time.
- Listen to your concerns about possible courses of action and then by asking you challenging questions make you think afresh about what’s happening in your life and make the decision that’s best for you at this time.
- Challenge your beliefs about the way things are and the ways they could be, by helping you question long-held ideas which no longer serve you.
- Be on your side, supporting you in whatever course of action you decide to take without an agenda of their own. For example, colleagues might be shocked to hear you say you might leave the medical profession, or would like to spend more time with your friends and family, whereas the coach will help you consider alternatives you might not have thought about before and then motivate you to do what you need to do.
- Be in contact with you on a regular basis either on the telephone, email or Skype thus avoiding lengthy journeys for face to face meetings.
- Enable you to clarify your goals so that you can make decisions and take action in relation to challenges old or new, so that you make a difference to your life.
- Teach you skills you can use if you are faced with similar challenges in the future. For instance you could learn ways to communicate more effectively and use what you learn when faced with a similar situation in the future.
Thus coaching can be useful for doctors like you. But only you can take that first step of making contact, discussing what you hope to achieve and then making a commitment to the process.
When you take that first step, which means you may feel you are stepping out of your comfort zone. However when you do this you are embarking on your personal journey and you will quickly find your very own prescription for change.
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- Goal setting: Setting goals: Vital to set SMART goals so you can be very clear about what you want.
- Work life Balance: Balancing work and life – there is more to life than work.
- Managing time – essential for making space for a new life to happen.
- Self care: Deciding what you have forgotten to do lately and make a commitment to improve your self care
- Environment and behaviour: Noticing how small changes in your environment and or your behaviour result big positive effect
- Capability: you may be needing to learn some new skills and or teaching some skills to people around you.
- Beliefs and Values: recognising that some beliefs are powerful enough to stop your change, yet beliefs can be changed.
- Identity: You are not your job or profession. Noticing how your ideas about who you are, may be stopping you doing what you want.
- Purpose: Discovering why you are here and by doing this being motivated to achieve your purpose.
- Communication skills: Being able to communicate what you want to do when it affects others and learning how to do this more effectively
- Stress management: Learning techniques to reduce or get rid of stress.
- Creativity: getting in touch with your creative side which may have been dormant if your job has encouraged you to follow rigid procedures.
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Have you got some brilliant ideas which you think might revolutionise the way you, your colleagues or the whole health service might work? Is there a bit of an entrepreneur in you? If you’ve always had a yearning to do something innovative or unusual what will you do to take your ideas forward? Perhaps you’ve thought of something which could revolutionise the lives of the medical profession or for patients with certain conditions. Don’t keep these ideas to yourself. Decide to do something about it.
With plenty of encouragement you may find that whatever you are keen about is of interest to others. They want to hear about what makes you ‘tick,’ what you are passionate about, who you are in your medical role or what you get up to outside of Medicine.
Who or what boosts your morale and fuels your enthusiasm? Think of someone who can give you the unconditional support you need, who sees you and your ideas in a positive light and encourages and motivates you to take them forward.
With that sort of support changes which seem impossible can become quite easy. You may be surprised how simple it is to do something different once you’ve made up your mind and stepped over the narrow dividing line between the situation you find yourself in and the one you want. Your ‘comfort zone’ may not be ideal but it’s often reassuring because you know the rules, even if you don’t like them, at least it’s familiar territory, easier to cope with than to step into an unknown situation. Taking that step into another situation can seem so daunting that you remain ‘stuck’ sometimes for years. knowing what you want to do, even knowing how you are going to do it, and yet you don’t take any action for change.
Ask yourself what stops you taking that first step. Very often it is fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or fear of what other people might think of you. So you, like most other people, take the easy way out and put up with the situation as it is.
Think about it: if you are living the sort of life which results in you feeling unhappy or unfulfilled and you know exactly what you want instead and yet you stay in the same place. Instead you can take some small action and move to where you really want to be because when you actually take that step, you may wonder why it took you so long to take action.