WHAT IS COACHING?
I am not a teacher, I am an awakener | Robert Frost
Little league, swimming, golf, swing, there’s a coach for any sport. For professional sports, having a high-octane coach is the difference between a so-so season and a championship team. These coaches understand how to motivate, educate and bring athletes to a higher level of success.
A life coach is no different. A life coach helps clients get “unstuck”. Together we create a plan of action for any area of your life you're hoping to improve. While there can be specific goals, like creating a new business, improving health or discovering your authentic self, coaching is a holistic approach to encourage this shift. Meaning we look at your life as a whole, improving every along the way.
Maybe you need help identifying what you really want in life. The “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up “ syndrome. You just sense something feeling out of alignment in your life. You may be overwhelmed and day dreaming of running away (ahem, so I've heard). There are specific coaches for specific purposes: Executive Coaches, Career Coaches, Health Coaches and so much more. The key to success in any of these area is the coaching process.
Through a relationship of mutual trust, the coach’s job is to help lead you in a powerful self-discovery process. Moving the needle on goal obtainment. Your agenda is the Prime Directive, as they say in Star Trek. This is not hokum, new-age feel good woo. Coaching has been developed over many years and has a proven track record for success. Research supports this effectiveness.
Coaching focuses on what's STRONG
not what's WRONG!
But what do you do?
First and foremost, the process involves deep listening, compelling questioning and developing a course of action with a timeline.
When was the last time you had someone partner with you for your success on that level? The most beautiful thing about the process, in my opinion, is that it awakens the genius within. And yes, I am talking to YOU. You will learn, through the coaching process, that you are more brilliant and resilient than you realize. You will be equipped to move forward into the life you always dreamed about.
The sessions can be as flexible as you need. Usually, they are 50 minutes to an hour long on a weekly basis for three months. That seems to be the sweet spot for gaining successes and implementing change.
Some folks may just need a one-hour clarification session. Others may desire an intensive block of time stretching to several hours over a weekend. Whatever you need – YOU drive the agenda.
The First Session
The first session is usually free. In my practice, I call this the Discovery Session. It’s an opportunity to sit and chat to determine if coach and client are a good fit. If I feel your needs are beyond the scope of my coaching perimeters, I will happily refer you to someone who is a better match. The coach will outline the expectations of the engagement and answer any questions the prospective client may have.
Coaching is not psychotherapy, counseling or intended to give advice, medical or otherwise.
What coaching is.
Coaching is a powerful process that helps awaken you to your inner wisdom. While a session may include consulting, should you so desire, a coach will make that distinction.