I recall the raised eyebrows back in 2003 when I started working with a coach. What on earth would you want to do that for? You’re a motivated person can’t you just sort that out yourself? What kind of qualifications do they have? Do they actually know what they are doing? I smiled, kept at it and within 15 weeks I had my dream job on the marketing team at Vodafone NZ.
Nowadays it’s pretty common to come across someone who has had some form of coach whether it’s a life, health, performance or business coach. The perception of coaches all being airy fairy hippies seems to be dissipating with progressive companies seeing the benefits and having in-house coaches (check out zappos.com) where part of your package includes coaching covering any area of your life. However with the growth of self-produced personal development content (no judgement here), some over-enthused motivational speakers and only recently a clear set of international guidelines for coaches there seems to be a lot of inconsistency about what coaching is. So over the next couple of blogs I want to set a couple of records straight on what coaching is from my perspective.
Why would someone want a coach?
Let’s face it. Life is awesome but there are always curve balls. We have all these great ideas which we’re ‘gonna’ do but there’s never enough time. We complain about ground hog day, yet keep doing the same things. We love our job and know we’re capable of more but aren’t sure how to get to the next level. We want to get fit but keep eating donuts or perhaps our relationships aren’t working as well as they could be.
So here’s a helpful analogy. If you want to get fit and toned for a wedding or holiday, you want results quickly. Just like a pro athlete you hire someone who is going to motivate you and knows how to get you the body you want in the shortest amount of time. Having a performance, business or leadership coach for an area of your life where you want improved results is exactly the same. And just like those really good trainers, a super good coach will teach skills to use long after you’ve completed your coaching.
So what does a super coach look like?
The You Project is built on the premise that everyone has an inner resource of confidence and courage beyond the fear driven thoughts we can operate from. Once tapped into this resource boosts our experience in relationships and situations at work, home and within ourselves. But it’s up to us press the activate switch on or not.
I know, not everyone wants or needs a coach. Just like not everyone feels they need a landscape gardener, personal trainer or nutritionist. However if you feel like you are stuck in a loop or require some motivation in a certain direction perhaps it’s something worth exploring? In the meantime if you have any specific questions I would love to hear them.
Next blog: What happens in a coaching session?