When I tell people I’m a life coach invariably they scratch their head and make some vague reference to counselling or mentoring. They might have the word ‘goal’ somewhere in their description. They have heard of it, know it’s got ‘good stuff’ but have no idea of what it really means.
This post will tell you…what is coaching, why is it growing in popularity, what motivates people to choose it, why should everyone do it once in their lives.
What is coaching?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:
An interactive process that helps individuals and organisations improve their performances and achieve extraordinary results.
Sounds wonderful but what does it mean? Coaching promises a shift in thinking and being. Sounds like hard work? Not at all, what better fun than to invest some time in yourself. Be honest…when was the last time you gave yourself time to really think about your life?
Using a combination of tools, techniques and skills coaching offers you an opportunity to step off the grid for a moment. To have a conversation about what you really want in life with a personal guide who is trained to provide you with perspective and clarity to enable you to get to where you want to go. This 4 x session process gives you the space you to step back in with a new understanding of your part in it all. I liken it to an osteopath for the mind!
4 valuable, enriching, illuminating conversations. Every conversation is different because each client is different and your life is different. However 4 x sessions can change your perspective, energy and zest for life, if you let it!
Why is it growing in popularity?
Coaching is now the second-fastest growing profession in the world, rivaled only by information technologyEstablishing Key Differences between Coaching and Counselling. Jan 18, 2010. Aoife Harrington (MSc, BA Psych, Reg. Psychol PsSI). https://bit.ly/31Znjlm
In the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Summary it was estimated that there were approximately 53,300 professional coaching practitioners worldwide. This represents a growth of 14.11% in 4 years.
What motivates people to choose it?
People participate or seek out coaching because they want things to be different. They are looking for change or they have important goals to reach.Co-Active Coaching. Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth.
There tends to be two reasons people choose coaching – life and career.
They might have all the trappings of success but aren’t fulfilled. Sometimes its peace of mind they desire or more fulfillment. It could be for a better work/life balance. Usually it means they are ready for change.
Why should everyone do it once in their lives?
While coaching might be focused on an outcome or a goal, clients can find the path to achieving these can be more rewarding than the goals themselves. It might start out with a business focus but migrates to bigger topics like core values, boundaries and purpose.
Coaching offers an alternative to counselling or mentoring. It provides a perspective to understand who we are and why we do what we do. It enables us to move forward by establishing clear goals with vision and purpose. Coaching assesses where you are now, looks at where you want to be and helps you to build a bridge to get there.
Why coaching? Because the results will change your life.
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