Many people equate coaching with advising, mentoring, or teaching. In fact, coaching is quite different from any of these things. As you consider entering into a coaching relationship, it may be helpful to understand what makes coaching different from these other domains.
A good life coach or business coach will listen more than they speak, and will ask questions far more often than they propose solutions. We call this “solution-focused coaching”. It begins with the assumption that every client is inherently resourceful; and that the one person in the world who is best equipped to help the client is the client himself.
The coach’s job is to be a catalyst in that process.
A good coach can help clients to:
- Clarify goals and values. Coaches help clients identify the core values, desired outcomes, and priorities that will lead them to a stronger sense of purpose and fulfillment.
- Create a roadmap to success. A coach can help clients to set achievable goals, establish a realistic plan for reaching them, and stay on course in the face of obstacles.
- Get motivated. A coach can help clients to re-ignite their motivational fires and re-connect their goals with the core values that define what is most important to them.
- Stay on track. It can be difficult to stay on track when things don’t go perfectly, – or when a myriad of things, people, and problems are competing for your time and attention. Coaches help clients to plan, prioritize, adjust, and follow through.
- Make important decisions. Big decisions can feel overwhelming. A coach can help clients to assess options, clarify criteria based on the client’s core values, and address the fears and apprehensions that may be holding them back.
The coach provides a framework, asks questions that evoke creative thinking, and provides a non-judgmental sounding board for the client’s ideas.
The most successful athletes in the world all have coaches. They all recognize that they need an external resource to achieve their maximum potential.
If you’re interested in learning more about coaching and finding out if it’s right for you, contact us to schedule a free introductory coaching session.