"A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be."
What is a Coach?
"...a person who works with emerging human and organizational forces to tap new energy and purpose, to shape new visions and plans, and to generate desired results. A coach is someone trained and devoted to guiding others into increased competence, commitment, and confidence."
Really, What is a Coach?
Think about it this way... What do most award winning athletes have in common? They have a coach! And what does their coach do?
* Analyze skills and take note of deficiencies
* Helps to utilize strengths and overcome weaknesses
* Identifies obstacles and how to overcome them
* Assists in setting and attaining goals
* Holds the athlete accountable
* Searches for ways to increase the athlete's performance
* And MOST importantly, supports and encourages
Executive and Personal Coaches do this, too, with a slightly different approach! A professional coach, a good coach is trained to understand that you have the answers within you. A coach will partner with you to explore the questions and uncertainty in your life or business and help you explore the possibilities from different perspectives to help you reach your desire outcome.
Unlike athletic coaches, executive and personal coaches are not necessarily working towards your athletic enhancement, but for your life and/or business enhancement. Coaches help you with emotional, behavioral and (some) even physical enrichment and want you to achieve your goals of being the best that you can be both in your personal and professional life.
How Can a Professional Coach Help Me?
A good Life Coach has received a very focalized training and understands the best ways to address whatever topics may arise. Coaches are trained to listen for what is said and what is not said and are equipped to ask the questions that will help you dig more deeply into the challenges that may be holding you back. Coaching sessions can provide focus on what is working in your life and/or business and what may not be working so well on your path to achieving your greatest goal... to be the best that you can be, living your best life as your true self!
What's the Difference Between a Coach and a Therapist?
Sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn't it? Coaching is not a replacement for formal and traditional therapies, however, not everyone who seeks to better their lives is in need of a therapist. Therapists study your past traumas and the causes of behaviors and emotional struggles you experience today, in your present, in an effort to understand those behaviors and overcome past traumas. Coaches, help you to identify present problematic behaviors and assist in setting and achieving goals to change those behaviors for a better future you. A good Coach will recognize if therapy is needed and a good therapist will recognize when therapy is not needed. If you're in doubt, I encourage you to talk to one or the other, or both.