SO WHAT IS COACHING?
Empower Your Current Self
To Be The Creator Of Your Future Self
So, What Is Coaching?
If you've landed on this website, it's because on some level you've heard about coaching and your curious to find out if it could actually help you - BUT, do you know much about what coaching actually is?
To assist you further, I thought it would come in handy for you to know a little bit more about what it is so you can work out if it's for you:
* It's helping someone move from where they are to where they want to be.
* It's a conversation where the client seeks to see an aspect of their life from a new perspective, so they can experience a different result.
* It’s a conversation between a coach and a client, where the coach assists the client to get clarity on a goal they want to achieve, works with the clients to overcome obstacles to its achievement, brainstorms ways to achieve the goal that are aligned with the other areas of their life and then holds the client accountable to the commitments they make to move towards the achievement of that goal.
* It's about the attitude and methodologies of human achievement.
* It’s the ultimate journey to self-love. We all think we want to achieve goals. But deep down, what we really want is to know we’re enough, that we matter and that we make a difference. Coaching isn’t just about goal setting and achievement, it’s about meeting and loving our future self.
* It’s about guiding our client to see their potential, and to then go about living it, including the setbacks, the mistakes and the seemingly ‘unwanted’ moments, so that the client can see life isn’t about ‘getting’, but about loving.
So, What Exactly Does A Coach Do?
Well, there are many forms of coaches all specialising in their area of expertise, however, the one thing we all have in common is that we will challenge you - to do this, we create a judgement and critical free zone where you feel supported to face your challenges.
Our role is to push you beyond the limitations you have imposed upon yourself and we'll be right there next to you, to advocate and fight for you - even when you feel like giving up.
The diagram above is a great little taster of the roles we play when working with our clients - and even better than this, when you hire a professionally trained coach, you also get a wonderful array of expertise we've been trained in so that we are resource rich and can pull out just the right tool at the right moment to propel you forward to think, to question, to notice, to shift and to see your situation from a different perspective and come up with the answer that is right for your situation in order for you to take action.
I love my life and what coaching has given me and how it has enabled me to face the inevitable setbacks and challenges that occur - and even better than that, I get to share these skills with you for the betterment of your business and life.
a quick history of coaching
Coaching began its journey in the United States during the late 1980s and finds its roots in the history of sports psychology, adult learning models and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
At first, some people used to go to see either a psychologist or an analyst to help them overcome a specific problem e.g. to give up smoking, suffering depression etc.
It was soon discovered that these people referred to as ‘patients’ didn’t have a ‘condition’, they just felt that their lives were out of balance, with a feeling that there is more to life. Some therapists, who became life coaches, dealt solely with these ‘patients’ who became clients; thus creating a new industry called life coaching.
In present day, coaching is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and it pays to do your research and ensure that you are choosing to work with a coach that is professionally trained and is the right fit for you and your desired outcomes.
What Else You Should Know About Coaching...
Professionally trained coaches understand that we’re merely the facilitators of your change, we aren’t the reason for your change. We don’t make it happen. Our client(s) do and we guide them to do this in the most effortless way possible.
It’s a conversation like none you’ve ever had before, because the agenda of you, the client, is the only agenda that matters and our strength is that we ask you questions that you’ve never thought to ask yourself before. It’s through these truly outstanding questions that you get outstanding outcomes.
A coach's favourite type of client is someone who is open minded, willing to challenge their first thoughts, let go of what doesn’t work and is open to seeking to learn a new way to think about themselves and their world.
Coach’s want you to know that it’s time to start asking for help early on (you get through your challenges quicker that way), let go of the desire to be ‘perfect’ and most importantly stop comparing yourself to others, who you are is not a competition.
Basic Coaching VS Transformational Coaching:
Basic Coaching - is a conversation between a coach and a client or a group, where the coach will ask questions and guide the conversation to facilitate the achievement of the desired goal.
Transformational Coaching - is when we coach the client for goal attainment, AND coach the truth… that the client is either diminishing or expanding into the aspects of themselves they love.
The Difference Between Coaching, Therapy, Counselling & Mentoring
Have you’ve even heard that “coaching is really like therapy, counselling and mentoring”? - Well, It Absolutely ISN’T! Let’s look at why.
Patients seeking therapy and/or counselling usually have a problem arising from a specific incident, condition or trauma. A coaching client usually hasn’t experienced any of these. Many clients are successful, fulfilled people already and are looking to raise the bar, experience even more success and become more effective at what they already do well.
A therapist or counsellor usually starts with the past to find the solution to an existing condition. A coach, on the other hand ‘draws a line in the sand’ and starts with the ‘present’ and ‘the future’.
The coach doesn't have the answers. Instead they have the absolute belief that their clients have ‘everything they need in a given moment’. The client reaches their own solutions through the coach’s skill in asking key questions. It’s a holistic profession where all clients are accepted as the phenomenal individuals they truly are.
Mentoring has similarities to coaching, although there is a fundamental difference. Mentoring is usually about a specific task. Job or process. The mentor is experienced in that particular area and knows the answers - so think of the mentor as the teacher and the coach as the guide.
A coach doesn’t have the answers and requires little experience of the task. The coach merely has the skill at asking powerful questions which facilitates the client in seeking their own answers from within.
Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future