“What makes a good coach? Complete dedication. ” George Halas
What is “life coaching?” Really, “what is it?”
A lot of people wonder what “life coaching” is and all about. It seems that “life coaching” or “coaching” outside of sports is growing in interest quickly.
What is “life coaching”? Let’s first look at what coaching is and isn’t. Coaching is a process that works with people who want to advance in some aspect of their life. With all the pressures people face today coaching is becoming a great path to find ways to work in our complex world. Coaching is not therapy or counseling or mentoring or advising. In other words a coach supports the goals and wisdom of the client and through the use of various tools a coach works with the client to realize their goals.
Who is coaching for? Coaching is for anyone who desires to do better in some aspect of their life. People who obtain the services of a coach are motivated to change and if they aren’t then coaching isn’t the best thing for them. Coaching is for people who want to perform better, much better in life, in personal development, relationships, finance, spirituality, and more.
In the past coaching was reserved for those in top executive positions or for athletes who wanted to hone their skills to a higher level. In other words the superstars of society were out getting coaching and improving their results and in large ways. Now with coaching being regarded as a way to increase performance of not just the top executives and athletes, but of anyone who desires to make a positive difference in their life.
Most people realize that we are in the midst of a huge economic upheaval and society has been battered by huge winds of change. Globalization allows companies to hire people from anywhere on the planet and in many cases for a lot less than they had to pay for American workers. Job markets that were once secure on American soil have moved, and manufacturing has moved to countries were labor is much cheaper. Now we live in a 24×7 world where technology changes faster and faster, jobs become obsolete faster and faster and the pressures of life increasingly add more tension, anxiety and fear to an exhausted country. Time rushes by and it leaves people feeling empty at the end of the day.
The compound effect of change is something people need to deal now more than ever, the pace of change is continually creeping higher and higher. People need a way to manage change, set new goals and find out what will work for them so they can participate effectively in life. Coaching is a great way of allowing people to manage change efficiently and to see new possibilities for their future.
Coaching doesn’t take a long time, has proven results and is very affordable. Most of the coaching process will be completed in 12 sessions. That means that in 3 months people learn the skills that can shift their personal life to new levels of success. For some coaching is done for longer periods of time because they desire and welcome the accountability, the non-judgmental environment and that they can be challenged to reach higher levels of success for themselves.
What do you look for in a coach? If you are serious about seeking out a coach find out if the coach has been trained. Coaching is a profession and the vast majority or people should have some formal coaching education before stating they are a “coach”. Coaches, serious coaches, all have coaches or multiple coaches so that they can push their own boundaries and limits. Some coaches meet with their coach daily, even if it is just for 15 minutes, just because coaching is that powerful and useful. That is why the best of the best use coaches to improve their results.
People who want to become a coach should find out if coaching is what they really want to do and then if that is what would fit them best they should find a top-notch coaching school and enroll in the program. Find out more about coaching at International Coaching Federation, the body of coaching standards.
Want more information? What to ask some questions in private? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be glad to answer your questions about coaching. Typically a coaching program lasts about 12 weeks. Some people just want a month or so of coaching just to solve an immediate issue and that works as well.
Coaching is great way to find ways to manage stress, anger, disappointment, achieve new goals, find a better career, work on relationships and of course it is great for businesses who want increase results. Coaching works, find out for yourself.
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” Maureen Dowd