I decided to write more about the basics of Coaching on this page as I find this topic very interesting… plus there are a lot of myths around the subject of Coaching itself on the Internet… 😉.
Let’s start from a basic definition of Coaching and later on I’ll give you my simplified explanation, OK?
So according to Wikipedia:
Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. The learner is sometimes called a coachee. Occasionally, coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring by focusing on specific tasks or objectives, as opposed to more general goals or overall development
And what about Applications of Coaching?
Again let’s reference Wikipedia to start from…
Coaching is applied in fields such as sports, performing arts (singers get vocal coaches), acting (drama coaches and dialect coaches), business, education, health care, and relationships (for example, dating coaches).
Coaches use a range of communication skills (such as targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying, etc.) to help clients shift their perspectives and thereby discover different approaches to achieve their goals. These skills can be used in almost all types of coaching. In this sense, coaching is a form of “meta-profession” that can apply to supporting clients in any human endeavor, ranging from their concerns in health, personal, professional, sport, social, family, political, spiritual dimensions, etc. There may be some overlap between certain types of coaching activities. Coaching approaches are also influenced by cultural differences.
And below is my conception of the Coaching process…😄.
Now I will give you my definition of what really Coaching is and why you would consider working with a Coach, OK?
So Coach helps you get clarity on what you really want and why you want it. The coach then helps you focus your energy and attention and uncover actions you can take to reach your goal. Finally, the coach holds you accountable and supports you as you continue to take action to achieve your goal.
The coach sits down and says, “All right, what’s next for you? And then usually asks you a series of questions like those samples below:
And then the coach would hold you accountable to do those things😄.
So usually people think that Coaching is reserved for sports professionals, actors, business people or politicians… I think while we could often see these Coaching applications in the past, in modern society this model is changing rapidly…
Why you may ask?
Well, as we experience information overload, a need to ‘unlearn’ what we learned in the past and acclimate to rapid technology changes, which often demand from us learning new skills and adapting to an ever-changing environment, is becoming increasingly important… Not to mention that as a result of all these changes we often get stuck, feel overwhelmed and unsure about our future, and how we can cope successfully with all those challenges…
That’s why more and more people nowadays choose to work with a Coach.
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A coach is a new role in society. A coach is not a consultant or therapist. A coach is not a teacher, though a coach does do some teaching. A coach helps clients visualize their future and then supports them in creating the future they want. This is a new role in our world and you are going to see more and more professional coaches in the years to come.
Distinction Between Action, Transition, and Transformation
Thanks to one of my mentors – I can show you these cool images below to better illustrate this subject…😉.
- An Action is like moving up one step on a staircase. Is it doing an action or behavior once. An example of an action is reading a book relevant to your profession.
- A Transition is like moving up a couple of stairs. An example of a transition is getting a promotion at your place of work or a new job in the same company.
- A Transformation is moving up the entire staircase. An example of transformation is quitting your job and going into business for yourself, moving from employee to entrepreneur.
So a good example of Transformation from nature world would be the process of turning a caterpillar into a butterfly.
So to summarize all the above information: I think you would agree with me when I say that taking a small Action step in Life or in Business is easy, making a Transition in Life/Business is a bit more difficult, yet doable… but making a real TRANSFORMATION… 🤔hmm, let’s just say that for most people that would be out of their reach… unless they’d have enough Personal power, Confidence, Creativity, and Perseverance. Not to mention a few more skills required plus a good plan to work along…
The alternative is to get help by working directly with a Coach who would support you in creating the future you really want!
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better“– Jim Rohn
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