personal development May 02, 2022

As a coach, I hear the word "transformation" quite a bit. Maybe too much...

In Seth Godin's Akimbo Workshops, where I served as a head coach for four years, "transformative" is the number one word students use to describe their experience after completing a program.

"Transformative" is also the word my coaching clients most often use to describe what happens after working with me after several weeks.

But here's the thing, when I ask these students or clients to name the exact moment their metamorphoses took place, they can't.

Why is that?

It's seductive to think that epiphanies can be engineered or that the magic of transformation can be manufactured. But can they really? I believe these levels of insight and understanding take time and require more than great design.

Transformation happens incrementally over a series of transitions rather than all at once in a single moment. Epiphanies emerge over time, even when it feels like a sudden moment of sudden realization.

Progress is, well, progressive. It's a journey, not a destination.

What if getting from where you are to where you want to be (or more correctly, who you are to who you want to be) is a pilgrimage of becoming and not some sort of "certificate of transformation" handed out on some "graduation day."

Scott Perry, Encore Life Coach at The Art of Encore Living

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