Pots, Pans, and Personal Growth: Development and Responsibility at the Individual Level

Pots, Pans, and Personal Growth: Development and Responsibility at the Individual Level

In addition to consulting with True Roots on social responsibility projects, I offer accountability coaching to individuals looking to shift life gears–to switch careers, go freelance, live abroad–or all of the above. This is similar to the work I do with businesses and organizations looking to carry out effective projects for the greater social and economic good. Social responsibility has a lot in common with personal responsibility!

I received an email from a coaching client the other day with this subject line: “Fw: ORDER: Cuisinart 12 Piece Multiclad Pro Stainless Pots & Pans.”

What do pots and pans have to do with personal responsibility and personal growth? Well, my client explained the other day in our session: “I told myself for years that I wouldn’t buy a nice set of pots and pans for myself because it was something I wanted to be part of my wedding registry. But I left that relationship years ago, and have been happily single since. So it dawned on me that I can finally get those pans for myself!”

My client recognized an old thought pattern and made the decision to think and act differently. She didn’t wait any longer for someone or something else to make it happen. She took responsibility and did it for herself. She took the steps to turn her ideas into actionable steps and results. And she said that having someone holding her accountable (me) made all the difference: “I’ve made more progress in the past 3 months working with you than in the past year while working on my own.”

Whether you’re an individual, nonprofit, or business–what project have you been putting on the back burner? How can I help move you forward through personalized project planning and accountability coaching?

By Summer Lewis