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Month: July 2017

What is Transformation?

As I evolved and transformed, it was not all an external, physical change, rather an inner change that manifested itself with a positive outcome.

When asked the question, my first instinct was to look it up. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines transformation as ,“a complete change in the appearance or character of something or someone, especially so that that thing or person is improved”.  In short, it is change for the better.

My life in transformation

And I then started thinking about how I have transformed over the years; and surprisingly I realized that I have had several transformations throughout my life. In my career, I was an assistant (utusan) in our struggling family business, then moved on to being a salesman for an oil company, to starting and running a logistics company; and then went on work for a Multi-national Direct Selling Company. Somewhere along the way, I also tried to be a direct seller myself, became a consultant; and then became partner in a business where I have transformed into a Coach. Even in my personal life, I see so many transformations- from being a child, to being a teenager, becoming a Dad, to learning to be a father-in-law, and very soon be a grandfather!

Having gone through so many transformations in my role and my relationships, I find myself asking how it all happened, and how I managed to course through it all. I was not born knowing how to do and be all of those versions of me, yet here I am contented that my transformed life and transformed self turned out quite well.  It had my share of bumps & bruises along the way and I would like to think that they made my transformation even more meaningful. As I evolved and transformed, it was not all an external, physical change, rather an inner change that manifested itself with a positive outcome. And that is what I would consider to be most impactful — when the transformation is triggered by a positive change that begins within us.

What is Transformation?

It reminds me of the Bible passage, “When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me”. Growing up is not only a physical change of becoming taller and bigger. It means inner change that makes us think, behave and decide like a grown, mature individual. When I became a father, I had to learn to expand my focus from just myself to including my children; and at times putting their interests ahead of mine. When I became a Coach I had to learn to LISTEN without judgement or bias; hear people’s feelings and be a guide for someone’s self-realizations.

What is Transformation?

It is the result or manifestation of changes that we do within ourselves. For us to transform our lives we need to make positive decisions and changes in the way we do things. Most importantly, we need to be willing to transform and be transformed

I think Mark Twain captures embracing transformation so inspiringly in these words – “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do”. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER.”

Enjoy the journey of transformation!

A Coach? Why? What’s wrong with me?

Coaches don’t help people. Coaches help people help themselves.

There you are at your desk and your manager approaches you and says, how about some leadership coaching for you to help with your career path? Or here you are enjoying a nice cup of coffee with a friend and she mentions this great coach that really helped her and suggests that you get in touch too.

Often a first thought or reaction is: Why? What’s wrong with me?

Or what actually IS coaching? I am sort of excited about it, but I have no idea and I don’t have any “issues” to talk about right now.

What is coaching?

It’s a very normal reaction, especially if we are throwing around the word “help” into our conversations. We find that there is often a misconception about what real coaching is. We notice that some see it as remedial action where something needs to be “fixed” or behavior needs to be “corrected” or it’s confused with mentoring where the Coach tells you and advices you what to do to help your situation.

Coaching is NOT that

And for those that are “sort of excited” they may shy away from engaging or speaking to a Coach because they don’t know where to begin or what to bring.

Coaching becomes this elusive concept.

Coaching as a profession

We at Haraya would love to break these beliefs, thoughts and barriers that stand between Coaching and You! And provide you with an experience that is the real deal so to speak.

Yes, Coaching is a helping profession. Yes, Coaches help people. And, Yes, you can engage a coach when you need “help”. AND Coaching is so much more than that!

Coaching HELPS people understand what really matters to them. Coaching HELPS people gain clarity, focus and motivation in any of their current situations. And most importantly, Coaching HELPS people find a more powerful sense of self. That person that already lives inside of you that is aligned to purpose, values and your goals. That person that can find peace in the present moment and that person that continues to learn and grow from experiences on this journey we call life.

Coaches don’t HELP you by telling you what to do, Coaches help you by guiding you through a process, by asking thought provoking questions, by challenging you, by helping you focus on what really matters to you and by believing in you.

So in fact, Coaches don’t help people. Coaches help people help themselves.

So, what would you like “help” with today?

If this post sparked your curiosity or provoked even more questions about this topic make sure you get in touch with us and we’d be happy to chat more with you about this thing called: Coaching!