S.E.A

Yes, Another acronym. This one is simple, yet powerful and effective. The idea behind these three letters are support, encouragement and accountability. Essentially it is three additional things you can do to further help your client (or anyone really) to stick to their goal.

In preparation for this class, we listened to an audio that went into detail about what it means to provide these three key things in a coaching relationship. People need these three things right away after committing to a goal in order to stay energized, or at the very least right around the three week lull point, where motivation dips and we need to swoop in and recharge their batteries.

What causes someone to desire to reach a goal is the result of a particular experience brought on by a teachable/coachable moment. From this pressure point, people are compelled to make a change, brought on by pain or desire. S.E.A. takes their initial energy to change and keeps them going. I picture the energizer bunny, that a coach is responsible for keeping the client going and going.

I enjoy being supportive and encouraging. I have no problem messaging my peer coach a helpful bible verse or quote that I think they may benefit from. Text messages and encouraging words are really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how a coach can help the client. Interestingly to me, the idea here again is that forget what is motivating to you, instead focus on the specific person and what is important and motivating to them.

I sent my peer partner two bible verses this past week, and they sent me an inspirational quote, along with positive words of encouragement. These gestures have been really helpful, but honestly what has been the most helpful thus far is having someone else that is taking the journey with me.

In class we mentioned that needy clients might need to be referred to other possible resources or people that provide the level of S.E.A they desire. One of these ways is by having close family or friends help hold you accountable toward your goal. Bonus points if the two of you happen to be working towards the same goal.

I can honestly say that is what I have now, we constantly check in and text one another in hopes to stay on track and keep each other in check. This has been great for me, and has proven that having someone on your journey with you AND another person invested in your success is invaluable.

Am I perfect? No, only God is perfect. Do I make mistakes? Yes, All of the time. But I am no longer cursing myself. While I make less than ideal choices, I still have not spoke ill or negative of myself. I had a classmate compliment me in class and I was actually able to accept the compliment and feel the truth behind it.

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

The best part of my beauty and self confidence that I have seen emerge stems from my weakness. I am made more beautiful in his strength, and covered in the power of his great love.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:16

I have my peer meeting tomorrow morning, and I have so much to say. So many moments and experiences that need mentioning. So much self-discovery occurring and I am blessed to be in this current season.

I’ve been challenged by the holy spirit to strengthen a relationship close to me. It really has been on my heart for awhile and I was able to act on rebuilding and nurturing that relationship this past week.

It wasn’t anything spectacular, and it wasn’t some grand gesture. It was a simple text message sent with a picture of me and my puppy which then lead to a catch up phone call the next day.

It’s funny, you think you know someone because they’ve been a certain way your whole life, and then God comes along and through the power of the holy spirit completely transform them.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 
2 Corinthians 5:17

I’m building what I’ve always wanted but never thought I could have. A strong relationship with my father. While I wrestle with the harsh words spoken to me as a little girl, I’ve also been flooded with words of pride and acceptance. These words cast a light into the darkness of my past and fill my soul with abundant love.

The grace of our Lord was poured out on my abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14 

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