What the heck is a growth edge, right? That’s what we’re asking. So well, first, I think the heart of coaching is helping our clients find them, so it’s a good thing to know what they are. The simplest way to think about it is to consider one’s emotional state because your emotions are really the messengers of your genes. That’s a metaphor but they’re really, they’re really your nature speaking to you and it’s a language that’s hard to understand, right? We don’t really understand our emotions. They are a bit hard to decode, hard to shift, but they are your inner self talking to you. And when they’re spiking, so when your emotions are starting to hijack you and there are really two ways they can do that. They can be kind of a hard edge like, I want to control this, I want to be in charge, I want to understand this, they’re pushy, that’s one kind. Or they’re like you feel defeated or depleted or down, so there’s sort of the hard edge and then there’s the defeat, the downward spiral. So whenever you feel that, that’s a growth edge. That’s a sign that your emotions are asking for you to find out what they have to say and to find the wisdom that you’re not seeing. So it’s kind of a natural way of being human. And so, as coaches, it’s not hard to find growth edges because our clients have plenty of agitation. However, they’re not necessarily ready to work on all of them, right? You know, because we can be agitated a lot of our day. We can start up stressed, we can end up stressed. So the thing about being a coach is to help people identify some kind of vision or some sort of direction of where they want to go that they want, that their motivation is strong and like a fuel source, you know? It’s got real energy behind it. If you’ve got real energy and desire then you will step up to your growth edges, which is not a comfortable place, and you’ll be willing to get past them. If you’re not really wanting to do that, it’s not going to happen, because it’s an uncomfortable place to be. So that brings us really to the science of motivation. What kind of motivation is the kind of motivation that allows you to step up and grow.
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