In my first post on this topic, I defined what coaching is, how it is different from other ways of serving (e.g., consulting or counseling), and what some of the characteristics of a good coach are.

Now, I want to emphasize the importance of action in coaching. I’ve found that real transformation rarely takes root without action.

Transformation is from the inside out, and includes:
  • Discovery: an overall increase in our awareness of self and others, including increased awareness of both healthy life patterns to build upon and unhealthy ones that keep us stuck
  • Development: an intentional focus on building character, including the biblical virtues in Galatians 5.
  • Direction: action-oriented, forward progress towards stated goals. Outward action is evidence of lasting inner change. This is supported in James 2:18 where we are reminded about the tight connection between our faith and outwardly observable deeds that give evidence of that faith.

The main point is this: lasting transformation includes these three key elements, and action is essential in that equation.

If you’re a college student, to what extent are you asking God to help you latch on to these elements in your education and activities so that your life is increasingly a reflection of Jesus Christ himself?

Here is a sample of transformational coaching questions that could help you or someone you know to translate goals into action:
  • “How willing are you to act on what you’ve said you want to accomplish?”
  • “If you’re not ready to act, how can we change the plan so that you will make a commitment to act in the near future?”
  • “What are you going to do first?”
  • “When will you start?”
  • “When will you have it done?”
  • “Who will you tell about your plan?”
  • “Who will give you support and keep you accountable?”
  • “On a scale of 1-10, what is the likelihood you will do what you have agreed to do?”

Interested in what you can do to help guide your student through their college transition? Check out John Basie’s book, Your College Launch Story: Six Things Every Parent Must Do!