- Advice Application Paradox: Remember that no one can perfectly apply their own advice. This is a fundamental aspect of human psychology. It's not uncommon for coaches to excel at guiding others yet struggle to implement their own advice.
- Mutual Relationship: Coaching is a two-way process. Don't perceive yourself as inferior to your coach. The relationship is mutually beneficial, with both parties learning from each other's strengths and experiences.
- Self-Compassion: Understand that it's okay if you can't always follow your own advice, especially when you're writing or coaching others. It doesn't make you a hypocrite; it simply reflects the complex nature of being human.
- Lifelong Learning: The process of personal growth and self-improvement is lifelong. It's a journey, not a destination, and it's okay to be a work in progress.
- Objective Observation: As separate individuals, we often find it easier to spot unwise choices in others than in ourselves. This ability to provide objective feedback is one of the benefits of a coaching relationship.
In summary, remember to embrace the paradox of advice application and view the coaching relationship as a two-way street. Don't be too hard on yourself if you struggle to follow your own advice—it's a part of the human condition. And as you continue to learn and grow, appreciate the value of having an external observer in your journey.