What is Coaching?
Coaching is a partnership between a client and a coach, trained and experienced to support the client in clarifying what she wants, how she is going to get there and how to overcome obstacles along the way. It is done in regularly scheduled sessions over the phone or in person.
A coach is a mixture of motivator, sounding board, teacher, challenger and mentor who believes in you, even when you don’t.
Taking time out to explore issues, plan goals and think aloud using your coach is a powerful process. A good coach actively listens to you, supports and challenges you, shares her perspective and makes suggestions.
Coaches don’t have all the “answers.” Good coaches understand how to summon your own inner and outer resources to help you find the unique solutions and choices that are true for you.
How Can Coaching Help You?
- Clarify, set and maintain focus on your goals
- Create accountability for your actions
- Boldly chart next steps and new directions
- Learn to outsmart your saboteurs
- Receive encouragement and validation
- Challenge and support to recognize where you may be holding yourself back
- Expand new perspectives and possibilities
- Shift self-doubt into self-confidence
- Meet change with resilience
- Change dreaming into doing
The biggest results that you can expect from coaching are empowerment, clarity, confidence, courage and movement.
Homework is decided at the end of each session. This is the agreed-upon action or actions that motivate you to turn your ideas into concrete change. It is the action taken, combined with accountability, which makes the coaching process so effective and keeps you moving towards your goals.
When Should I Get a Coach?
Making changes that last can be a challenge, especially when you do it alone. Getting solid support and accountability from a coach is a huge help. The range of choices and decisions that are part of life can be overwhelming.
Coaching can make all the difference when you find yourself:
- Feeling the passage of time and wishing to make the most of your life
- At a crossroads and need to sort out options and next steps
- Making the same resolutions with the same empty results
- Held back by sabotaging voices of doubt and fear
- Losing focus on your priorities in the whirlwind of daily demands and stress
- Procrastinating and getting stuck tackling important projects
- Feeling the need to live with a greater sense of purpose
- Wanting support to reach your goals
What is the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy?
Coaching IS NOT therapy. Coaches don’t work on mental health issues, explore past causes for current behavior and attitudes, or focus on dysfunction within the client. Life Coaching is more results and action focused than therapy.
Coaching focuses on personal growth and does not attempt to heal emotional trauma. While clients may gain useful insights and knowledge about these areas as a result of coaching, this is not the focus.
Are there Professional Standards for the Coaching Profession?
Yes, the coaching profession has developed a code of ethics, core competencies, accreditation processes and an International Coach Federation (industry association) that promotes the advancement of coaches. The coaching profession has grown quickly because so many people are learning the extraordinary benefits of the field. This also means there are many coaches without professional training, so be sure to look for a coach with certification. To learn more about this click here: www.coachfederation.org.