OK. So first, my dears, what is coaching? Well, think football. Basketball. Golf. The Olympics.
Got it instantly, right? Now. Can you picture sports teams—or their star players—doing their best without their coaches?
Next, widen that view to me and you. Because life has been changing lightning fast since the late 20th century. And never more so than now.
More and more we understand so much that we once had little awareness of, like the connection between stress and health. Between visualizing and achieving. We get the connection between the ways we do life and what we get done.
So, what is life coaching?
Now think about the connections between these parts of ourselves and our lives:
1. habits, beliefs, and dreams
2. healthy support systems, or lack thereof
3. our ability to set and meet inspiring goals
Clearly we’re each a mix of histories and experiences that affect our approach. What we think we can do. Or what we think we deserve.
What coaching isn’t
By the way, coaching isn’t therapy, another important resource. Coaching is present- and future-based, and about achieving goals, not healing the past.
The golf pro expects to get to the next level with his swing through coaching. Coaching is results-driven.
And to be crystal clear, I’m not saying that therapy doesn’t promote growth. It does! And the fact is that accomplishing what we want most is the specific, razor-sharp point of being coached.
Also, coaches know you can’t just put icing on whatever is there and call it cake. To say it another way, positive thinking isn’t a game changer. Coaching is inspirational. And so much more.
How about client-centered partnership?
I say that coaching is a creative partnership that supports clients in bringing their own wisdom, energy, intelligence, and desire to achieving what matters most to them. One step at a time.
And when we think of athletics again, we also know that coaching has been around for a long, long time. Expert, goal-driven support isn’t a new fad. After all, the first written records of the Olympic Games were in 776 BC!
Fast forward to these days, here in the 21st century, and life coaching isn’t just for the rare few. In this amazing age, we’re more free than ever to pursue our dreams. And we deserve someone in our corner who knows what to do there.
So for more of what life coaching is, think consistent, energetic support. Active listening. Empowering questions. Action planning. Accountability! And deliciously, coaching is also about championing and celebrating large and small successes. Aaaaaaand repeat.
What’s more, coaches help clients uncover and take down whatever bugaboos come up that get in the way. After all, that’s just human. It’s one reason expert support matters in doing the work toward real forward movement.
Just like star players run those drills. Put in the time on that swing. Work that free throw. And that’s beautiful, right? We know it works for them.
Now imagine your version of all that. Toward what you want your life to be about.
And reach out for more info if life coaching sounds like a fit for you. Then get ready for your MVP year!
Teresa Young wants you living your dream, for real. She coaches by phone, in person in Los Angeles, and via Skype outside the U.S.