Personal development is a process. People often make the mistake of assuming that it just happens as they go through various experiences. However, coaching can aid your development.
A coach doesn't have to be constantly over your shoulder. Online personal development coaching is an option for many people. You do want to be sure that it's a good fit for you. Here is how to tell if you're a good candidate for virtual personal development coaching.
Ability to Make and Keep a Schedule
Virtual coaches don't have much power to make you keep an appointment. You need to have a structured-enough life that you can make a schedule and keep it.
This doesn't mean that you have to keep a perfectly regular schedule. One of the main benefits of virtual personal development coaching is that you can build the schedule around your availability. If you do shift work, travel a lot, or otherwise need to handle other commitments, that is fine. The key is to have the discipline necessary to make appointments, keep them whenever possible, and make new arrangements quickly if you have to cancel.
You don't have to establish narrowly-defined goals. However, they should be sufficient to let a coach create a development plan. Suppose you've struggled to engage with large groups in a professional setting. You and your coach can work on confidence building. Likewise, you can develop basic skills for entering groups and joining conversations.
Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Some people may want to develop greater mindfulness so they can be more positive in personal interactions. The next person might be more worried about getting a specific project done at work or around the house. The important thing is that there is a workable goal.
The virtual setting presupposes some technological capability. You want to have a high-speed connection that's always on so you can conduct real-time sessions. Also, you should have enough tech savvy to deal with basic problems, such as resetting your Wi-Fi router if the connection drops. You will also need to have a camera and microphone on a stable platform. If you're using your phone, make sure you have a stand for it so video sessions aren't jumpy.
Openness to Change
Finally, you need to be open to change. If your coach asks you to get out of your comfort zone, be emotionally ready to follow through. You may need to experiment in uncomfortable scenarios to apply the coaching. Be open to change so you can embrace the experience.