Is It for Me?

So…What Can Coaching Do for Me?

Most of us are familiar with coaching from a sports perspective. Every team has a coach. The coach both helps each player improve individual performance and helps the team work better together with the goal of winning more games. The coach is generally not in the game…he or she is on the sidelines watching and calculating what needs to be changed, or to see what is going well.

The coach kProject1nows how play the game…and play it well. But many coaches are not as good at playing the game as some of the players they coach. The coaches have several things, however, that the players do not: experience, perspective and the ability to hold the player accountable.

The International Coach Federation (ICF), the largest coach credentialing agency in the U.S. defines coaching “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

What can coaching do for me?

Coaching can seriously change your life. The goal of coaching is not to “feel good.”  It is to help you change the way you perform both at home and at work.  When we begin to make changes in our behavior, it can impact our lives in huge ways.  The good news is that you choose which changes to make

Coaching will build your Personal Confidence and Self Esteem Not always sure of yourself? Coaching will help you to build your personal confidence and self-esteem, become self-reliant, make you own decisions and not always need others to hold your hand.

Coaching puts you in control Most people have the answers for their situations within them. A coach is not an “answer man or woman.” He or she helps the client strategize the answers that the client has within herself. The coach may offer tools (time management, goal setting, etc.) but the basic core of the answers come from within the client herself.  A coach will never try to get you to do anything that you feel seriously uncomfortable about or are not yet ready to attempt. A coach will always push you hard to achieve, but will always work at your pace.

Coaching enables you to control your environment
Many people turn to Coaching because they want to regain control of their lives or working environment. Coaching will help you to achieve that. By working through your problems and helping you to recognize your needs and your power to do something about them, you can achieve your goal of changing your environment for the better.

Coaching concentrates on you Because Coaching is usually a one-to-one activity the coach is spending all of her time helping you to move forward, not anyone else.

Coaching helps you to stay committed Because you want to achieve, you have commitment to a project or goal. Occasionally though your commitment slips. A coach can empower you, helping you to stay committed and see a project through to your end goal. With the swirl of life and patters of indecision, a person will strive harder because he knows that in a week, or two, his coach is going to ask him what action he took on the commitments he made.

Coaching concentrates on results and outcomes Most people can get so wrapped up in the day to day aspect of life that they can’t see the “big picture” or where the road they are taking will lead them.  By concentrating on results, a coach will help you towards your end goal one step at a time and help you to celebrate your wins on the way through.

Coaching can help you achieve in every aspect of your life Coaching is a holistic approach. By helping you to consider other aspects of your life and work, coaches can help you to achieve in all aspects not just one.

Coaching is a catalyst Good coaches should act as a catalyst to help clients to achieve their goals.

Coaching is based in the present and the future, not the past. Coaching looks to the future and works with the client to move forward, whatever has happened in the past. Coaching is not counseling or therapy. Coaching can work hand-in-hand with counseling, but it is not counseling. The orientations are different.  Counseling usually looks back: “Why am I the way I am today because of what has happened to me in the past?” Coaching is future focused: let’s take WHEREVER you are today and help you move toward the place of success, happiness and fulfillment that is right for you.

(BTW: The ICF has found that 98.5% of the clients of coaches who have graduated from ICF-accredited schools are satisfied or very satisfied with the coaching they have received.) (Statistic from Steve Mitten, 1995 President of ICF)

Carl Casanova, author of “What Every Successful Person Knows”, says “Everyone…EVERYONE needs a coach.”

If you don’t already have a coach, give me a call or drop me a note and let’s talk about what possibilities being coached may help you accomplish.

(Parts of the above list was adapted from Barry Winter’s article 10 Reasons to use a Coach)