By Susan Whitcomb
At a recent presentation on coaching, I spoke about a number of new coaching concepts. Perhaps my favorite was the “Everything You Need” technique.
I told the story of how moved I was when learning about Randy Pausch, the Carnegie-Mellon professor who wrote The Last Lecture as part of his battle with pancreatic cancer. ABC’s Diane Sawyer did a special on Randy and his wife, Jai. I’ll never forget part of that conversation when Diane asked Jai, “How do you deal with this, knowing that he’ll soon be gone?” His wife responded, “by remembering that I have everything I need.”
That was a salient moment for me as a coach. I began thinking of powerful questions associated with that thought:
- What shifts for you when you think, “I have everything I need?”
- What does “I have everything I need” mean?
- What’s the truth in that statement?
- What do I have that I didn’t realize I already had?
As I pondered this, I added two words to the “I have everything I need” phrase: “Right Now.” Those two words cause us to look for, embrace, and utilize the resources that are already there for us. Those resources can come in varying forms:
- Material provision
- People provision
- And much more!
I’m on a mission to implement this concept – I Have Everything I Need—Right Now! – into my life on every level. Will you join me? What will be different when you do?