Anyone who’s coached for a period of time knows that it is rarely a matter of clients discovering what they want and coaches laying out a path to get there. There are unexpected and complex and stubborn obstacles that can be frustratingly difficult to resolve. When this occurs, we take one of three steps. First, there are numerous explorations about whether the client really wants the goal and wants it sufficiently (the notion here is that clarity and strong desire are the engines of success). Second, the coach will question the path that was designed. Was it too steep, too boring, out of step with the client? Third, the coach and client together might talk about incompatibility. Maybe there is not sufficient chemistry for the coaching program to be powerful.