What is Coaching and Why Should You Be Interested?
Technically speaking, coaching is a professional relationship in which people are helped to produce the kind of results necessary to get them from where they are now to where they want to be. Coaches partner with their clients to draw out the best of the person, their creativity, talents and brilliance in order for them to achieve their goals and desires and live the kind of life that is extraordinary and full. Coaching provides clarity and accountability so the client is motivated into action, gaining greater focus and an awareness of what they are capable of and the possibilities that exist for them.
Patrick Williams, author of Therapist as Life Coach, 2007 is quoted as saying;
“a powerful human relationship where trained coaches assist people to design their future rather than help them get over their past … coaches aid clients in creating visions and goals for ALL aspects of their lives and in creating multiple strategies to support achieving those goals. Coaches recognize the brilliance of each client and their personal power to discover their own solutions when provided with support, accountability and unconditional, positive regard.”
Isn’t Coaching a New Thing?
Throughout history, the function of coaches has always been revered and applied. They may have been called clergymen, shamans, a tribe elder, senior members of family or some type of mentor. Before there were training programs to develop today’s version of coaching, we probably can relate to the definition of a voice coach or a sports coach such as hockey, baseball or tennis.
Today, coaching has a new look and is highly available to the general public. It is seen as valuable, convenient and accessible for assistance in growing and creating the total life picture they desire. Today’s coaches come from myriad backgrounds and thanks to the formal training available to those seeking to coach it is possible to find a personal coach who is well trained to assist people in achieving their big goals and desires in either or both their personal and professional lives.
My professional training came in the form of fitness and nutrition and personal training. I then furthered my learning in the field of personal growth, helping people let go of their past issues and move forward into a life they really want to live. I was able to meld all three of these disciplines into my coaching practice.
Is There a Philosophy Behind Coaching?
While every coaching training institution has its own philosophy about coaching, and most coaches have created their own philosophy for their coaching business, there are some common beliefs most coaches hold that show up in their philosophies, which are outlined below:
- Concrete, workable strategies
- Someone to inspire, motivate and keep the client accountable
- All of the resources needed to succeed are inherent in the client
- If what we’re doing isn’t working, flexibility, in order to try something else, is important
- Model successful performance – if one person can do something, it’s possible for anyone to learn it
- The client is in charge of their own results. If there’s need for change, the only one with the power to make the change is the client
My Personal Philosophy
My Personal Philosophy includes all of the above plus believing that if I teach a person to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime. It is my desire to impart the confidence and knowledge to my clients that the changes they have made are not only able to last throughout their lives, but the tools they’ve been given are applicable to all areas of their lives.
I love what I do. I’m passionate about it and I help my clients fall in love with daily behaviors that result in a lifestyle that promotes health and wellness for them.