What Is Coaching?
When I tell people I started learning coaching, the first question they ask is “what is life coaching about?” (the second one, by the way, is “what kind of exercises you use?“), so before you ask this as well, let me start at the beginning.
There are many blunt definitions for coaching. According to Wikipedia coaching is “training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal“.
The ICF (International Coach Federation) describes it as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential..” and there are much more out there (270,000 answers on Google!).
All though both definitions above are completely true, it’s hard to specifically define coaching as it is a process, with so many aspects to it.
As a matter of fact, it’s so hard to articulate exactly what coaching is, that sometimes even seasoned coaches are struggling to explain what they do.
In a nutshell, the process of coaching involves two people. The one is the coachee (or client) and the other is the coach. This relationship is created in order to set goals and meet those goals. The coach’s role is to help the client identify its strengths in the area he wants to improve, and set specific and achievable goals based on these strengths, and the request of the client.
The process then takes both Coach and client together on a journey for self-discovery that eventually would enable to client reaching the goals that were initially set, whether these goals are external or internal.
Do I need a coach?
If you have any field in your life that you feel that you could do better, and you don’t know quite how to do it – then the answer is yes.
If you feel like you are not quite living up to your potential – then the answer is yes.
If you feel like the results you are currently getting are not exactly the results you want to have, and you are not quite sure on how to get them – then the answer is yes
Many people feel that they are not quite what they thought they could be. That they could do more, be more and have more, in various aspects of their lives. That is when coaching comes in. Coaching is the process that would take you from point A to point B, using your own personal strengths.
If you want to achieve more in your life, and you are not quite sure on how to get this done, and where to start, then coaching would be right for you.