Coaching is a methodology where someone helps an individual develop clarity around what they really want in their personal or professional life. Then, together, they create an action plan to achieve this clarified vision. A coach supports the client along the way, motivates them and provides resources to attain the vision much more quickly than is usually possible.
Why does coaching work?
Coaching works for several reasons:
- Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum
- Better goals are set – ones that naturally pull the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push themselves to the goal
- The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.
What does a coach do?
A personal coach does just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a more complete and bigger way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what winning in life means to you. A coach is your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential.
No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for more. More success, more money, closer relationships, a deeper feeling of meaning in life, more balance, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain more, become more, be more – and we all struggle with how to get what we’re looking for.
Most people believe that “hard work and doing it on your own” are the keys to finding the life, success, money or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the something you had in mind, and you are back where you started, or worse, further from your real intentions.
Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained professional to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So they are willing to hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very far without one.
What happens when you hire a coach?
Many things, but the most important are:
- You take yourself more seriously
- You take more effective and focused actions immediately
- You stop putting up with what is dragging you down
- You create momentum so it’s easier to get results
- You set better goals that you might not have without the coach
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching is not therapy. I don’t work on “issues” or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behaviour. I leave that up to you to know and figure out while I help you move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give you the life you really want.
Can you give an example of an effective coaching tool?
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