Gentle Accountability

Accountability is a big part of what I provide clients as a coach. However, I’m less a drill sergeant than a philosopher.

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I am not a coach who is going to command you to submit a certain number of queries or visit a certain number of galleries or work on your project for a certain amount of time over a certain number of days. I am not a coach who will berate you for not accomplishing your goal in the manner that I decide is acceptable.

You decide on your goal. And I hold you gently accountable for working on that goal, whatever that looks like to you.

This decision-making can take a lot of forms. It can mean listing everything you did since we last met and what you plan to do until we meet again. That’s what works best for my father. Speaking his tasks out loud makes them real. Making those tasks real means having to do them. Reporting his progress to me means that he’s obligated to take action.

Which is one of the reasons that selecting small steps works.

Empowering you to select small steps to move toward your goal, and then asking about them when we meet again is another way I hold you accountable. Did you complete your small step? How does that feel? If you didn’t complete the step, how can you break that step down further? What’s the next step that you want to take?

When you select steps that are so small that you can’t not do them, how can you avoid success? When the step is “look at my computer” or “think up a topic every day-ish,” it’s harder to not do it than allow it to happen. And when you complete that step, you have WON LIFE!

Accountability can also take the form of using time during our session to take action on your goal. Maybe you have been wanting to order some equipment or write an email or begin writing your outline. During our time together, I encourage you to take action and hold the space while you do it right then.

And, within my coaching process, I always hold you accountable for finding time to play and engaging with all parts of your life—not just your ambitions. Why? Because balance is healthy and playtime encourages your creative impulses. You see…

Exploring your creativity invites joy into your life.
Embracing your creativity infuses your life with joy.
Manifesting your creativity gives you a joyous purpose.

And I’m all about that healthy, contented, creative life.

So, if you are looking for a coach who berates you for not doing what you said you were going to do or who says things like “you must not be serious about doing this if you didn’t spend at least an hour every day working on your project” or whatever other horse sh** they’re doling out, you need to look somewhere else.

***If gentle accountability attracts you as you pursue your creative goals, contact me at la@labourgeois.biz. I’m offering four session packages for $200 (only $50/session, a 50% savings off my regular pricing) as I complete my KMCC certification.

***This piece is informed by my studies of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching.