As I share the gift of coaching with ministry-minded people, rarely does a conversation end without some action toward an established goal. I will have that conversation with my spouse. I will journal at least 3 times this week. I will go to the market twice this week to practice language, even if I don’t need to buy anything. In the world of coaching, meaningful goals and action steps are the product of clarity, of deciding what’s most important — and why.
In the realm of Christ-centered coaching, the process takes on a spiritual component. It becomes an expression of our faith. In this way, coaching is more than simply establishing goals and checking off to-do lists. It’s about stewarding our personal and professional lives well by deciding what’s most important. We answer the question of Why. Or better yet, we come into agreement with God’s WHY.
Getting to the why and committing to a subsequent course of action is often a process of discernment and a series of deep conversations, especially during pivotal transition seasons.
As I age and mature, I’m learning that the small, seemingly insignificant choices made on a regular basis hold great impact over time. Those kinds of choices, more than anything, determine where I will end up. They are important! For example, I’m convinced it takes courage to live in obscurity, consistently doing the right thing when nobody seems to notice. In many ways, this is the nature of ministry and the story of many global workers. To avoid burnout and not lose heart, we need to decide what’s most important and have a strategy to achieve our short and long-term goals…all the while trying to remain flexible. Can I get an amen?
W.I.N. is a simple but powerful acronym that comes from the famous Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. It stands for “What’s Important Now?” Holtz instructed his players to ask themselves this question 35 times a day. He wanted them to think about it when they woke up, while they were in class, study hall, the weight room, the practice field, standing on the sidelines during a game and while on the playing field. Holtz wanted his players to be able to learn to focus on what mattered most at any given time.
Reflect for a moment. What do you want to accomplish and by when? How can you reach a desired outcome through consistent and intentional choices? What kind of support do you need along the way? These are all questions that fall under the bigger question of What’s Important Now? Hidden in these questions lies a treasure trove of answers based on your core values just waiting to be uncovered. But here’s the thing: these are not the type of questions answered by focusing on productivity alone.
My friend and colleague, Teresa McCoy, has a saying, “Forget productivity. Do what matters.” This season of COVID-19 has left many of us struggling to regain some sense of efficiency and productivity. What would it look like to put productivity on pause and prioritize what matters? Could this give you the W.I.N. that you need? I leave you with this question: What’s Important Now?
I’d love to hear from you. What are you focusing on during this challenging season? And why?
One way to focus on the W.I.N. is by working with a trained, like-minded coach. Leave a comment and two of you will win (pun intended!) a “discovery call” with me.
P.S. The Sabbatical Journey Course comes out this week. Special sale price the first 48 hours and then only available for 14 days for purchase. Stay tuned!