Coaching at its heart is about creating sustainable change. Most people come to coaching because they wish something to be different in their lives. Coaching helps create a vision of how they would like things to be. Specific goals are then set that are congruent with the person’s values system. Goals are broken down into specific action steps that are implemented on a daily basis.
Executive coaching is a collaborative results orientated process. It is faster paced than counselling and is less interested in looking for the cause of problems than emphasising new competencies. As a psychologist, Jenny is able to celebrate successes as well as support you to manager setbacks with care and perspective.
Do you ever find yourself leaving things until the last minute and then get really stressed and find yourself not giving yourself your best chance? If so, you are not alone:
Up to 70 percent of students identify themselves as procrastinators.
20 percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators (i.e. it happens a lot and causes significant problems for them).
Procrastination is something that is learnt and therefore can be unlearnt.
Do you ever freeze up and struggle to make a start on an assignment or an essay perhaps overthinking it, wanting it to be perfect? Perfectionism is very common amongst students. By learning mindfulness and relaxation techniques and setting appropriate goals, we can learn to work more skilfully with anxious thoughts and feelings and in so doing we can create a sense of spaciousness where our best ideas can emerge. We can learn how to befriend ourselves.
Working with university students over many years in the area of academic coaching, I have noticed how many students under-utilise their capacities. They often have the “smarts” but had not learnt the self-management skills to maximise success in their studies:- the organisational, time management and stress management skills.
Too much stress closes us down and limits our capacities. Being able to identify the early warning signs of stress, to manage it effectively, to learn how to relax but still be alert allows us to increase the sense of mental spaciousness which is vital for enhancing creativity and maximising academic or any intellectual performance, to get into what is known amongst athletes and other performers as a state of “flow. Mindfulness enables us to enter more fully into a state of flow.
Being able to set meaningful goals through academic coaching,and then break the goals down into smaller achievable action steps – informing what can I do this week, this day, this hour to move me one step closer towards my goal/s is important to success as a student?