The Seven Wisdoms - a Masterful Coaching Series from Fran Fisher, MCC

In this article we introduce a series of articles by Fran Fisher MCC, based on her book, "Calling Forth Greatness, Seven Coaching Wisdoms for Transforming Your Life".

Fran is a Master Certified Coach, Author, Speaker, and Champion for Learning, Growth and Transformation. In this series, Fran will share her passion for bringing the empowerment philosophy and principles of coaching into everyday living. Her vision is a world where the coaching approach is woven into our fabric of living!

Here are The Seven Coaching Wisdoms for Calling Forth Greatness and Transforming Your Life:

  1. Wisdom ONE: Connect Heart-to-Heart
  2. Wisdom TWO: Make Empowering Choices
  3. Wisdom THREE: Aim for the Goal/Embrace the Process
  4. Wisdom FOUR: Speak Empowering Language
  5. Wisdom FIVE: Be Committed to Transformation
  6. Wisdom SIX: Call Forth Greatness
  7. Wisdom SEVEN: Hold Them BIG

These Seven Coaching Wisdoms are guiding principles for professional coaches and are transferable into everyday life. Each Wisdom will spark new insights and perspectives for you. When you practice these principles, you will tap into your deepest, innate wisdom. You will call forth your own greatness and the greatness of others around you. Transformation in the quality of your life will naturally occur.

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." Patañjali

Imagine a world where we are:

  • Asking questions with sincere interest and curiosity 'v' telling others what to do
  • Championing the wants and desires of others 'v' needing to provide our unsolicited ideas, suggestions, or advice
  • Honoring respect and confidentiality 'v' gossiping about others
  • Providing positive feedback and acknowledgement 'v' making judgmental remarks or acting on our judgments
  • Being a committed listener 'v' a distracted listener
  • Expressing our opinion without attachment and allowing the other person to express theirs without needing to be right
  • Calling forth the greatness in ourselves and each other; seeing one another as the sacred beings that we are

Yes, these are guiding principles for coaches. Now imagine a world where these are the guiding principles for how all of us are being in our relationships. What do you want less of: Struggle, Stress, Disappointment, Chaos? What do you want more of: Freedom, Joy, Prosperity, Peace, Vitality?

How The Seven Wisdoms Came to Be:

At some point, early in my coaching career, I shifted my orientation from doing coaching with clients to being a coach as a way of life and living. I don't mean that I started coaching family, friends and everyone I met. Instead I mean I started living the principles of the coaching paradigm as though I had tapped into a reservoir of wisdom that was latent within me.

The most challenging part of becoming a masterful coach however, was letting go of my attachment to being the expert. Throughout my school years, I held a 4.0 grade average and graduated as valedictorian of my high school class. I didn't fit in the social circle of girls who got invited on dates and school proms. The only attention I got from boys was when they wanted help with their math, chemistry, or history during study hall. So, I ate up that attention. When I was an apartment manager many years later, residents would come in to my office to pay the rent. They would sit down and talk with me for hours. I wore mother, sister, friend, counselor and advisor hats in those conversations. I relished sharing my advice, ideas, stories and personal wisdom.

Years later, as a student of coaching, I learned to honor the coaching paradigm by holding my clients as the expert of their lives and work, and myself as the expert of the coaching process - forming a partnership of two experts. I began noticing the "high" I would feel on seeing my clients build on their strengths, take greater risks and leaps of faith and make heroic changes in their lives. And that's when I realized that being the expert had been feeding my ego.

Now I am feeding my soul, as I hold my clients as the experts of their lives. I am being the facilitator of calling forth their natural wisdom. And that's…well, beyond delicious. It's extraordinarily nourishing, rewarding and fulfilling.

These Seven Coaching Wisdoms will show you how to transform your life, so you can:

  • Expand your ability to see the greatness in yourself and others
  • Bring out the best in yourself and other around you
  • Be a positive influence for meaningful change
  • Live courageously more true to your values
  • Access your innate strengths with confidence
  • Enjoy greater freedom, joy, and peace

How to Benefit from this series of Articles:

As you read each of The Seven Wisdoms in the article series that follows, you'll be asked to reflect on how you can apply these principles in your own life or work. Choose one way that works for you, and apply it to each principle. You could keep a specific notebook for this process, or simply use your journal. I hope you enjoy!

© 2019 Fran Fisher, MCC

Contributing Author: Fran Fisher, Master Certified Coach, MCC. is a champion for the power of coaching and its transformational impact in the world.  She is one of the pioneers of the coaching profession and a founding executive board member of the ICF. She specializes in mentoring coaches for the MCC Level. Connect with Fran on LinkedIn, Facebook and check out her free teleclasses here.

If this article resonates with you, get the whole book: Calling Forth Greatness, Seven Coaching Wisdoms for Transforming Your Life, available here on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

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4 Comments

  1. Wendy Buckingham

    This reminded me that coaching is all about the client and where the client wants to go, not the coach and where the coach has been and maybe wants the client to go.

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