Future vs Past

The following is an excerpt from the CoachStart Manual.

People love their stories!  They love their past, reasons, and complexities, perhaps because they validate who they think they are.

As a coach, I’m not interested in 90% of the past.  I don’t want to know why you spent 5 years in an unhappy marriage or the list of complaints you have about your boss.  I’m more interested in what you want, and – what you’re going to do about it.  It’s a conversation about the future, rather than the past.  Many people can describe exactly what they do not like about their lives.  However, when asked how they would like the situation to look, more energy is required.  Our job is to have them look in that direction.

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