What is coaching?
Coaching is a new profession that has synthesized the best from psychology, evolution, philosophy, spirituality, and business to benefit individuals.
The ICF (International Coaching Federation) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.
Why does coaching work?
Synergy: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and needs to accomplish more than the client would alone.
Structure: With a coach, a client takes more action, thinks bigger, and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
Expertise: The coach knows how to help individuals, make better decisions, communicate more efficiently, set the best goals, and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.
Who works with a coach?
Individuals who want to:
- Become fully self-generative by being whole and well.
- Take the smart actions rather than just be busy.
- Build a sustaining community for love, resources, and support.
- Accomplish something specific, whether personal or professional.
- Restore their heart, soul, and quality of life.
- Contribute well by discerning, developing, and sharing their gifts.
What is worked on?
- Get focused on what you most want to have.
- Simplify your life, responsibilities, projects.
- Automate systems for peak efficiency.
- Permanently eliminate inventory of to-do’s.
- Reduce the shoulds, coulds, and oughtas in life.
- Say everything you need to.
- Withhold nothing.
- Motivate others better.
- Respond better in the moment.
- Be able to ask more for what you want.
- Ask the right questions
- Get a handle on spending, lifestyle, and habits Increase income by 20 to 200 percent.
- Handle debt, financial problems, and crises.
- Stabilize cash flow.
- Get organized to maximize life flow.
- Recognize and eliminate any high hidden “life costs”.
- Establish a reserve of time, energy, money, and love.
- Redesign eating and lifestyle habits.
- Get personal needs met
Balance and Self Growth
- Establish the perfect balance between home, work, play.
- Increase personal standards.
- Strengthen professional network and personal community.
- Have a whole lot more fun
- Attract and deepen relationships with quality people.
- Become more intimate with spouse and family.
- Learn to enjoy people more.
- Develop adult-adult relationships, nothing less.
- Know what you want for others
Mind and Heart
- Stop suffering, tolerating, waiting, hoping.
- Stop having problems (really).
- Calm down, eliminate adrenaline, stress, procrastination.
- Complete unresolved matters, unfinished business.
- Extend boundaries.
- Develop your spirituality.
- Discover personal mission, purpose, vision.
- Reorient life exclusively around values.
- Develop stronger relationship with self or God.
- Be internally peaceful
How does a coach do this?
Coaching is delivered during regular, weekly sessions by telephone or in person whichever is more convenient. Clients bring an agenda of items to the call or meeting. The coach helps them solve problems and make the most of opportunities. When they are taking on a large goal, we help them design the project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done. We bring out each client’s best by listening, challenging, expecting a lot, helping them strategize and celebrating their wins. A practice can be national, with clients in every area of the country, from big cities to small towns and coaching can focus on either business goals or personal goals.
What should I look for in a coach?
The right coach brings out your best, consistently. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following three tests:
- Does this coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals I want?
- Do I feel good and motivated to act when with this coach?
- Will this coach keep up with me—and stay ahead of me—as I grow? That’s it.
You can always check references and try out the coach for a month to see if he or she is really the right one for you.
How would I get started?
If you feel that this type of relationship could work for you, call and let’s talk. Coaching is not something we sell; it is something you buy because you want it.
Where do I start ?
We begin with a complementary session to get to know each other. I want to hear about the client’s goals, needs, and problems. We want to get comfortable with the each other and find out if we are the right match. During this meeting, discuss the goals and coaching topic and establish an agreement for our coaching plan. If we decide to engage in a coaching relationship, the client will receive a welcome package containing checklists and assessment materials to make the most our time together.