In my experience of coaching people in business, the greatest challenge is always to balance work life with the other important aspects of life. “Making a decent living! What else would business be about?” That was Finbar’s reply when I asked him the question of why was he in the particular business he was in.
He seemed quite astonished that I would even ask such a question. He had the ability and saw an opportunity to make a living in it.
His answer is perfectly valid, at least to a point. But Finbar saw when he did the Wheel of Life exercise that he was missing out on many important parts of his life. The biggest change for him was having time with his family and friends. He used to come home so late from work that there never was time to be with the children before bedtime. There never was time to play or go on a family holiday. Now there is always time as that is a major priority in his life.
Through coaching, many things in his business began to get done more effectively. People working with him found him much easier to deal with. It may seem simple to make a change like this, but it was a huge challenge for him. A person’s business or work can easily dominate her or his life. Patterns and habits are formed that become addictive. And most people fear change, even when change is beneficial.
That is why it is so important to take time to step back from one’s work or business to be sure that what is really important, your priorities in life, are being properly catered for. Many people need some help or coaching in this process. I find the need to tailor coaching support to meet the specific needs and priorities of each individual.