Coaching is about so many things, but questions are at the heart of it. And for those unaccustomed to Coaching, the most common question is “What, is Coaching, anyway?”
I believe Coaching is a transformative process.
There is collaboration between Coach and Client where the Client identifies a Goal or an area of his/her life in which to make a change.
The Coach will assist the Client in specifying this Goal and in identifying the steps and actions necessary in order to achieve this Goal.
Very often, through this process, a Client will change.
He/she will realise his/her potential, become energised, take control where he/she felt helpless and become the master of his/her own destiny.
Coaching has the power to change lives for the better. All it takes is a skilled Coach and a willing Client.
I arrived at coaching over a year and a half ago as a client. I didn’t know what coaching would do for me or what I would get from it but, I knew I needed a change. I was fortunate to have an excellent coach and, with the help of my coach, I brought about change. Part of that change has brought me to this point. I am now a Coach.
I’ve tried to explain coaching to many people over the last year with varying degrees of success. That definition has changed several times since and will, I believe, continue to change as my understanding changes and I gain experience. On hearing the various definitions given, many people see it as ‘common sense’ or are surprised that it is a profession at all. But, the reality is, is that it is a very demanding, complex and rewarding profession and if it were such ‘common sense’ then people wouldn’t need coaching. They would know how to affect change themselves.
I find myself justifying the profession but, of course, one of the important things that I’ve learned on this journey is that I can’t control what others think about anything.
I can only do the best I can as a Coach to help those who seek to change.