What Exactly Is Life Coaching?
Coaching is a relationship between two equal partners. That's important to know because it is based on the belief that clients are the experts in their own lives and the answers are within. Coaches help clients discover those answers by being experts at creating awareness, clarity, and accountability and by managing the change process. Together, that partnership significantly increases clients' success in reaching their goals. Coaching is a dynamic process that creates self-discovery by going beneath the surface to see new perspectives and to explore different paths that can lead to transformation. It's all about focusing on the present and future—where you are currently, and how you will get to where you want to be.
Is Coaching Right for You?
Coaching is not therapy or consulting, although both of those services are valuable and needed. The coaching relationship has a unique focus, that of equal partnership between client and coach that is focused on goals and moving forward. Picture the difference between therapy, consulting, and coaching in the analogy of teaching someone to ride a bicycle.
A therapist would be standing off to the side, closely observing your attempt to stay upright. She would be understanding and compassionate when you fell, make wise interpretations about why, ask some difficult and insightful questions to help you understand the origins of your lack of balance, and perhaps direct you on how to get back on and do better, with this new set of insights. A therapist would want you to develop your own prowess about riding the bike over time, for you to notice how you’re getting your feet crossed, or turning the wheel wrong, and to understand what your history taught you to make you ride that way.
A consultant might be on the bike next to you, riding circles around you as a biking expert. He would note your current slow ability at riding, tell you exactly how and where you are going wrong, give you a detailed, step-by-step plan for doing it right, and then submit a report with all the findings and suggestions, including suggestions for purchasing a state-of-the-art bike, and then ride off, to leave you to implement the suggestions on your own, in your own time frame.
A coach would climb on the seat right behind you and ask, “Where do you want to go today?”
(Grodski and Allen, The Business and Practice of Coaching)
Are you ready to move forward but not sure how? Are you ready to have great conversations that create new insights to help YOU determine YOUR best path and get where you want to be?
Then Coaching Is Right for You!