Believe it or not, it’s almost November already and that means the warm summer heat has given way to brisker autumn air. It’s the time of year when the scenery changes from lush greenery to beautiful colors of red, yellow, orange and brown. So what better time than now to recognize and embrace the changes in our lives as well?
God calls each of us to a specific purpose, but often before we can step into that new season, we have to shed the old one first.
This can be difficult for many people since we get used to our routines and become comfortable in what we know, whether positive or negative. But it’s an important and powerful step that must be done in order to fully embrace the new season.
Because change leads to transformation. When something or someone goes through a change, they are no longer the same. Just like the green leaves are now yellow or red, we too can become something totally different from what we used to be. And that is exactly what life coaching is all about – helping others transform their lives into something new and amazing.
So, how can you support your clients with embracing change during this season?
Encourage them to keep their eyes facing forward. Yes, it is important to learn from past experiences. But in order to successfully achieve their goals, they will need to stop dwelling on the past so they can move forward to new opportunities.
If they are hesitant to let go of old patterns, help them dive deeper and figure out what those experiences are still giving them or still representing for them. Since we do, as humans, become comfortable with what we know, we can become attached to patterns that we don’t even want like underachieving or giving up on dreams (ouch). Although these behaviors actually go against our desires, they are all we know, so we are hesitant to embrace anything else. Plus, there may still be some type of ‘reward’ involved like not having to be vulnerable or take a chance. But as life coaches, we can help clients who are struggling with letting go to recognize the real reasons they are holding back, so they can truly move forward.
Perhaps the most important way to help our clients embrace change though is to remind them that no matter what, God doesn’t change. No matter how scary or overwhelming the journey in front of them may seem, remind them they are never alone. And they don’t just have you – they have God too! He is always there, always loving and always supportive. And THAT will never change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. –Hebrews 13:8
What are you doing to encourage your clients to embrace change during this season?