I posted a recent blog talking about a general model of burnout - here's what it might look like when applied to coaches:
- Phase of big illusions - believing that as coach you can change your clients and through them, the world. Coaching becomes a mission.
- Phase of frustration - placing too high expectations on ourselves and on clients. We start to feel disappointment and frustration with the amount of change that seems to be possible
- Phase of decreased vitality - client' start to feel like a burden, 'do I really have to talk to them again?'.
- Phase of apathy - the work with clients starts to lose its meaning, 'what was the point after all?'.
So if we take 'self-as-instrument' seriously, we also have to make sure we do what it takes to look after that instrument. Down time is for coaches as well as their clients.