In a world that is continuously changing in ever faster, more disruptive ways, understanding that you, as an adult, still have a long way to go before really “growing up” might become paramount. Consciously taking time for introspection, looking for opportunities of personal development might soon become a necessity, as Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of work and our common humanity is subjected to challenges our species has likely never encountered before. This article is meant to bring the concept of “adult development” to the forefront of your mind, to invite you to be curious, to challenge your own assumptions and to ask yourselves, how can you become ever more conscious and aware as a leader, parent, partner, friend and, ultimately, human being?
As coaches, we receive something very precious: our clients’ trust. They rely on us to be honest and non-judgemental partners on their way to their best selves – be that in a work or personal context. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to take our profession seriously.
Just as nobody argues that, in order to maintain a healthy body, one has to eat a balanced diet and practice sports, lately more and more people understand that in cultivating a healthy mind and balanced emotional life takes work. Meditation is one way to get there and it’s result, Mindfulness, is one amazing way to step off the “hedonic treadmill” which makes so many people chase happiness as an ever elusive external goal and start looking inside for more sustainable personal wellbeing and actually building a joyful, fulfilled life, from the inside out.
Socrates, with his maieutics, was most likely the world’s first coach. Coaching is not just another fad. You, I, any of us can be coaches for ourselves and our loved ones. We don’t need sophisticated courses for that, we just need the honest openness to listen, refrain from judging and assuming we are the keepers of absolute truth and finally, we need the courage to ask those questions that really matter, not for ourselves, but for the other.
I want you to know these people exist. I’d like you to tell others about them. You won’t see them in the news. They won’t fit among political scandals, car accidents and the latest divorce in the VIP world. But they are worth knowing about.
Dear ones, my invitation to you is to reflect on the emotions that drive your lives at the moment. What lies behind your most important life decisions or behind your reactions to those closest to you? Discover if you are living in fiear or in love and, if there is something to change, change it consciously.