Drivers of motor vehicles know that when they look in their side mirrors that there is a place where they can’t determine if there is a vehicle there or not. That area is the blind spot. If the mirrors are properly adjusted the blind spot can be minimized or even become non-existent. Now if the rear view mirror is blocked and the side view mirrors are adjusted to eliminate the blind spot to the sides you’ll miss what is happening behind you.
Coaching is about helping people discover and eliminate their personal blind spots. Now, some would say they have no blind spots and in that case coaching wouldn’t be needed. Coaching is for those who want to make a step forward, and then another step and another until they have found all of their blind spots.
Is coaching about taking a risk? Some people would be afraid or unsure that coaching is something they could benefit from. Those people who engage in coaching are opportunity-focused. That is they see the benefits of coaching to be far greater than any perceived risks.
Could it be that we are blind to the opportunities of transformational change? In our own examined life we don’t see that there are benefits from seeking something greater than what we know now. For some the curiosity of opportunity is great, far greater than the work and effort it takes to change transformationally to something better than they are today.
I would imagine that many people are reluctant to challenge themselves for it is in those great challenges that growth is possible and in the growth is change and change creates fear which causes people to back down from the challenge. A coach helps manage the fear and assists in finding the path that leads to true growth.