As a coach it seems to me that a lot of people are still unsure of what coaching is and what its value or purpose might be. What is interesting is that we all understand the value of coaching in sports, music, driving, or any number of fields that require apprenticeship. The fact is we get coaching in almost every facet of our lives accept for in our lives. Despite not coming with instructions we all feel like we can do it on our own. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. Enter “Coaching.”
Imagine that you have been waffling back and forth over a decision and you have finally, after what seems like eternity, had the insight that it is time to act. But then life happened and once again that thing you know you want to do is on the back burner, the cycle repeats itself until you get frustrated and decide that it is time to do something. Coaching is the vehicle that gives you the power to help you break that cycle.
On one hand.
A coaches role is to point you towards helping you create a strategy, develop skills, offer corrections and be a cheerleader. It might also include next steps, developing an action plan or helping you be accountable. That would be a typical description of a coach were to think of sports. This type of coaching might be helpful, it might not.
On the other hand.
A coaches roll is to point you towards what you already suspect but may have forgotten. Namely, that you are ultimately unbroken, creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching reminds you of your past successes and points at your future potential. It is about reorienting towards what can be rather than what has been. Coaching always and only points to what you are capable of, regardless of where you have been. This type of coaching is necessary and always helpful.
For a full description of what coaching is take a peek here or here.
Michael Fall is a life coach and mentor to professionals, executives, business owners, first responders, pro and amateur athletes, and teens. Since 2007 Michael Fall has helped awaken possibilities in his clients and helped them reach their potential.
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