It was one of those nights I decided we have family time before bedtime. And as I usually do, I asked my eldest son how his day was. His response had no excitement so I asked a follow-up question. All I had was negativity so I knew I needed to find out what was going on.
My mind quickly ran to bullying which is what a lot of young people go through and; are afraid to speak out. My first question to my son was why he was having so much negativity to everything I asked him. His response to me was that “life was not enjoyable anymore and the only important thing to him was the fact that he had life”. At this point, I wore my coaching hat and began interacting with him as a client.
So after series of questions, I realized my poor son was getting overwhelmed because of upcoming examination and the humongous workload the school placed on them few days to the exams. You can imagine being asked to turn in homework- pages 1 to 40 within 12 hrs. This lad feared to fail and was already losing confidence as his exams were fast approaching.
In my discussion with him, I discovered that he was feeling overwhelmed and was operating in a state of fear, anxiety and uncertainty which could eventually lead him to a destructive state. At the end of our discussion, I helped my client realize who he was, why he was feeling overwhelmed and together we set up outcomes in line with other requisite indicators. To my satisfaction, my client informed me the next day that he felt much better and had clarityon what he needed to do to achieve success and remain unperturbed.
We all find ourselves in such situations or even worse but run to people who only give solutions to the issue at hand. A professional coach will take you through a discovery session to discover how your personality is reflecting on the issue, then analyze the issue and help you build guards and achievable outcomes. From my experience, it is obvious that coaching is not only for adults; the young and growing ones are more in need of this now.
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