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You Can Learn More Effectively By Being Your Own Coach

You Can Learn More Effectively By Being Your Own Coach
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Professional coaching bears a lot of great benefits. For example, through professional coaching, participants gain a new outlook on their personal challenges, as well as gain enhanced decision-making skills, and better confidence. People who undertake coaching also experience significant increases in productivity, as well as fulfillment with everyday life and work. From Fortune 500 CEOs to Hollywood celebrities to Oprah Winfrey, people are doing better, all thanks to coaches.

Sadly, very few people have the finances to work with a life coach. However, think about this: There are people who would like to work with a personal trainer, but because they cannot afford it decide to put matters into their own hands. Therefore, if it’s possible to take training outside the gym and under your roof, hence it is possible to be your own coach,[1] and achieve something yourself, and do it better.

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Here is how being your own coach can help you learn more effectively:

Nobody knows your strengths and weaknesses better than you do

Because you are the one who wants to change, you can easily identify areas you know you are weak, and areas you are strong and adjust accordingly. This in turn will help you stay in tune with yourself as well as make honest assessments of where you are, and make the required changes in your own life.

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You discover how to become your own motivator

You’ll need to find motivation to get yourself out the door for a workout session, if for example your goal is to lose weight. Not because you have a coach to answer to, but because you made the decision. By motivating yourself, you will discover that the dependency on other people to create motivation for you tremendously reduces. This can be very helpful in difficult times when you have just yourself to depend on for that kick.

You know why you chose to achieve your goals

In coaching yourself, you will have to ask the question ‘why?’ Instead of doing something without understanding the purpose, you know the reason for each effort you put in by coaching yourself. By being your own coach, you are better connected to your short-term goals, which will in turn help you realize your long-term objectives, which will in turn help you make the choices you want in your life.

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You can take credit for your own success

Getting yourself across the finish line after self-coaching results in great returns, such as a boost in self-confidence and a great feeling of personal fulfilment. This sort of success can also help you deal with other challenges in your own life.

It is free

One definite benefit of self coaching is the fact that it is free. Although definitely worth the cost if you get a coach, doing so can be pricey. By being your own coach and achieving the outcomes you want, you can actually avoid many of these costs, which in turn helps you focus on improving other aspects of your life. This will not only help you learn better, but you would have saved yourself a whole lot of money.

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It Can Be Fast

Since you’re not depending on anyone, you can make the process as fast as you want. The nature of coaching is process-based, which usually takes time, particularly when you consider the vital step of getting to know your coach and letting him/her know you. But nobody understands you better than you do, and self-coaching enables you to speed up the process, and eventually you learn more effectively and faster.

Finally, accepting your own self is ultimately the most important aspects of being your own coach. While a desire for change may begin our self-coaching endeavours, the inability to embrace as well as love ourselves—today, as we are, with our imperfections intact—condemns us to never-ending cycle of discontent. Let’s break that.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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