Please see the interview with Khatuna Muzashvili – Founder, Director & Trainer International Coaching Association
First of all, please tell us about your success story, what stages have you gone through, what difficulties have you faced and what stage are you at now?
Success is a very broad commandment and we often underestimate it…it can be of two types.
Personal – that is, when you go much further from your own calculation letter and you will be able to do what was once impossible for you, and public – when your success becomes visible to others, your work goes beyond the satisfaction of personal interests and becomes useful for others.
I think these are two main stages of success, although it is broken down into many smaller steps that are different in everyone’s life.
My story was definitely accompanied by difficulties, but the main charm of the road to success is the process of overcoming these difficulties – we cannot go far without overcoming difficulties, success is the bonus received for overcoming these difficulties, and I think this was one of my main discoveries that changed a lot of things.
Your career direction – Psychology and coaching is one of the most important formulas for the success of people in all fields and professions. What made you choose this direction and what changes did you face along the way?
Yes, it was failures and financial problems that led to a rather unstable psychological state, and I got into the field of practical psychology as a “seeker”, although this was not a deliberate choice – it was more intuitive. Years ago, all I wanted was to overcome depression, to be able to manage myself, to earn basic finances, and I didn’t know how to do it. I kept a diary of daily entries and almost every day I wrote “I’m looking for the key to financial prosperity and happiness” – then I had no idea that it was already becoming a program of my desire, and one day I actually found it.
At first glance, it sounds like a fairy tale, but I call the key to happiness the set of approaches, knowledge and skills that every person can develop and make a real transformation of his life.
Can you, as a coach, give us some characteristics of the success formula? What determines motivation and success in the career path?
Surprisingly, everyone has their own tipping point and may have to go through different stages, but there is still a certain pattern:
- The goal – more precisely, the goals we want to achieve – it seems simple, but it is more difficult to know exactly what you want. In many cases, we may want completely different things, we want for others, to show others, to prove something, etc. Coaching helps us find out what we want, whether we really want it or not, and what we really want.
- Mood – creating readiness. That is, when we are preparing to achieve a goal, we should prepare in the same way as, for example, for the New Year – we buy gifts, plan the menu for the festive table, and do not doubt for a moment that the New Year may not come.
- Action plan – it is important that the plan is written in advance and depends as little as possible on the circumstances.
- Aligning ourselves – our plans and goals require new skills and new knowledge from us every time – it is important to understand what we need from internal resources to achieve a new goal and start mobilizing these resources in advance.
- Action – taking steps towards the goal, someone is in a hurry and often fails due to the lack of the points mentioned above, although there is a category of people who find it difficult to take a step – we must remember that “the road to success always passes through the cave where our fears, complexes and “I can not” lives.
- The result and its analysis – if people do not achieve the planned result, they often think that they did not succeed – this is the same as if we go to the gym, do not become champions in 1 month and assume that we will not become a champion.
The analysis of the obtained results is done so that the next steps can be planned correctly and a backward step should not even be considered. Success is a process, not an end point.
- It is important when we achieve something that we really and thoughtfully praise ourselves and fill ourselves with self-respect. But remember – we will definitely want to get more – this is not greed – this is a logical step in the development process.
Tell us about your current activities. Introduce us to the coaching and public speaking school.
My current activity consists of several directions:
- Personal growth trainings, presented as the world’s most effective personal growth and development system (M.S. Norbekov’s system). Remedial psychology, harmonizing male and female relationships, working on childhood traumas, etc.
- Corporate trainings, where we mainly help businesses transitioning from small to medium in assembling a structure, forming a strategy, assembling and managing business processes, improving service and introducing the ISO standard. If a small business started on enthusiasm is not transformed into a mechanical system, it cannot develop and therefore dies – according to statistics, more than 50% of established businesses close in the first year, and 90% of 1-year-old businesses cease to exist in the next 3-4 years. We want to participate in the positive change of these statistics.
- Coaching and learning school, where anyone can learn personal or corporate coaching and make it an addition to their profession, or at least leave it as a new profession. We develop and promote coaching with the help of the International Coaching Association.
Based on your professional experience, how would you assess the potential of the Georgian market and personnel on the path to career success?
What key features would you single out that are kind of a problem and need more work?
It’s a difficult question and I probably won’t say everything I think, because understanding, recognizing and accepting the problem has its own stages and forms. When these stages and forms are violated, any information, even if it is true, causes aggression and is ineffective.
Finally, we will ask you our traditional question, what advice would you give to aspiring professionals and young people who are now taking their first career steps?
I would advise them to find a job that makes them happy, and everything will take care of itself.
Of course, I don’t mean magic when you sort yourself out – it’s just that when the process makes you happy, you go through all the other stages instinctively, you easily overcome difficulties and you definitely develop.
However, I will say that, first of all, the value part should be regulated both in companies and in individuals, the basic essence of the activity should be determined in a global context, and only based on this, the system of motivation and self-motivation can be planned both in terms of employee development and corporate progress.