I was coaching a new client this week – a director looking at a career move. She expressed excitement over a job posting which she shared with a colleague, who then asked her “Why would you want that job?” That response sharply dampened her interest, so she didn’t apply. When I asked her how she protects her aspirations from other’s negative input, she paused in a moment of recognition. I was reminded of a line from a Yeats poem: “Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” Without skipping a beat she recited the preceding line: “I have spread my dreams under your feet…” How wonderful to find a connection and resonance through a poem! That’s the only line of Yeats that I can recall.
The outcome: she’s going to apply for that job! So, how do you protect your dreams from naysayers? Where do you have to be selective about sharing your aspirations?
Coaches: How do you help others protect their dreams?
(The quote is from Yates’ poem “Cloths of Heaven”).
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