By Sam Eggleston, Organisational Development Practitioner with CLIC

In business coaching, the main objective of a coach is to help you increase your self-awareness. I have recently been fortunate enough to enhance my practice and become a qualified coach, during which the learning has been immense and so useful. The big surprise is how it has helped me to self-coach and it made me realise that you don’t have to be a trained coach in order to do this. In this article I will share my insight.

To quote Carl Jung: 

“Every advance, every conceptual achievement of mankind has been connected with an advance in self awareness.”

– Dr Carl G Jung

Creating the space for time for self-reflection is the key here – how can we really become self-aware without this? When we reflect in our heads, our thoughts can be blurred by thinking errors, become dispersed and it is really difficult to retain all of those key insights. I have had a little book now that I carry round just to capture my reflections. 

I have really benefited from using a simple coaching model. I have seen my self-confidence, resilience, determination grow and I am just generally more content. 

The GROW model is perfect for self-coaching. The acronym stand for Goal, Reality, Options and Will (or way forward).  To help you to self-coach, below is a useful guide to follow, just answer the questions and you are on your way. The scenario in the worksheet focuses on a learning goal, but you can change this to fit with anything you would like to achieve. Remember the benefits are really felt when you take just a little time and write it down.