Who is Your Coach?
Throughout time, we have sought out people who help us learn. Not just teachers for academic studies but those who have mastered a particular craft/business who train their apprentices. Family members who pass on their skills and understanding. Religious leaders, community leaders, elders and healers who explain how life works and provide counsel.
Even if you have not had a formal coaching relationship, you most probably know who you would go to if you had a problem. You have experienced talking problems through and revealing a new understanding, seeing things differently after listening to another point of view and picking up handy tips from those who have had the experience you are about to embark on. You have seen some of the value a coach can add.
Who have you chosen as your coach?
Perhaps it’s your friend, your parent or another relative? Perhaps someone chose you as they felt you needed their advice? Someone who knows you well can be reassuring but, if your relationship is close, they will also have a vested interest. When you feel at your most vulnerable you may not want to be reminded that your sister has known what you should have done on this since the age of 3!
Coaching and mentoring is not new. What is new is the requirements of our age, the speed of change, the complexity of our lifestyles and the lack, or mistrust of formal institutions. In addition, some of us have specialised in developing our listening, questioning and reflection skills and deepened our understanding of life. By adopting coaching as a profession, we provide a service which is impartial and confidential and based on tried and tested methodology. This takes our offering beyond anything available from your circle of friends and family.
As Coaches we’re encouraged to work with results and this might mean you associate professional coaching with achieving a particular outcome. I understand you want to see some good outcomes for your investment. However I would argue that whatever your situation, hiring a professional coach is going to add value.
Many clients start coaching with a specific project in mind but find the regular conversations so helpful that they continue. They are able to keep moving forward in their lives, resolve issues before they develop into problems and recognise progress and opportunities that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
We are all in the dance of life, learning more about that dance and how we can best enjoy it will enrich our experience and give us more of what we desire. Each piece of learning we gain is ours to keep and build on and, over time, our coach learns more about our uniqueness and the coaching relationship strengthens so results are cumulative.
As well as coaching programmes with specific results, on my website you'll find monthly coaching packages. To see how coaching could benefit you and your enjoyment of life, click here to book in your free initial conversation.