HABIT #7: BE FLEXIBLE

#6)  Be Flexible.  Things will not always go as we expect them to go.  New solutions may need to be accepted.  Be open to create solutions together.

The word “flexible” is one of the most basic words in our language.  It is a word used by coaches worldwide.  “You have to stay flexible” would mean stay open to many options, some may be new, some may be hard, they all will be different.

The word “flexible” has three definitions in the dictionary.  All three of them apply to us as coaches.

#1)  To be flexible means to be able to bend without breaking; not stiff; able to bend or be bent repeatedly without damage or injury like a flexible hose.  A coach has to be able to hear things he isn’t used to hearing and still keep on track.  He has to be able to deal with problems, new to him, without appearing to be confused or defeated. He has to be able to “fake it until he makes it.”

#2)  To be flexible means to be open to influence; susceptible of modification or adaptation; able to be persuaded like a flexible schedule. The last thing the person we are working with wants is a coach who has to do everything “their” way, a coach who is not open to suggestions, a coach who is closed to new ideas or solutions.  We coaches have to be ready to continue learning so we can offer the best answers and help.

#3)  To be flexible means to be willing to adjust to change; willing to yield; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; able to change or be changed according to circumstances like a flexible personality.  As a coach, we will mix with a lot of different personalities, some we will like immediately and some it will take some time to appreciate.  Some we may never understand. We cannot be fooled by the first impression or the outside appearance.  We may need to play different roles in order to break through to the real person we are coaching.

Keeping flexible is a lot of work because it is hard.  It means keeping up with things and being open to the unexpected.  It also means not being afraid of change.

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