Personal change is difficult.Executive coaching helps individuals examine personal behaviors and finding ways to improve or eliminate them.

People can shed behaviors that hold them back and adopt new ones that help them achieve their personal and professional goals.Those of us in executive coaching like to say that coaching lessons continue long after the engagement ends.

One reason is that individuals adapt to change and then make them a habit. The challenge is sustaining such behavior change.Marshall Goldsmith, in his book “Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts,” focuses on ways of making change habitual through the adoption of habits.

“Just because people understand what to do doesn’t ensure that they will do it … Inside each of us are two separate personas. There’s the leader/planner/manager who plans to change his or her ways. And there’s the follower/doer/employee who must execute the plan.