Coaching is one of the most powerful tools you can use to move yourself to the next level of personal and professional success. However, a good coach will not tell you what to do or guarantee that you will achieve your goal. So how does working with a coach accelerate your success?
As we immerse ourselves in day-to-day life, we rarely get a chance to spend thinking about what we really want. Sometimes our only indication that we should re-assess our situation is a vague sense of dissatisfaction, or lack of motivation. When you work with a coach, you set a direction for your life. Your coach will consistently ask you questions that help you to clarify what you want, and guide you in setting goals that are in line with your true values.
Clarity is powerful. When you can clearly envision what you want, you set your brain in motion, filtering information to notice what is relevant to your vision. Have you ever noticed how once you notice a certain model of car you begin to see it everywhere? This natural filtering process attunes you to opportunities you never noticed before. With a clear vision, you don’t just see what you want, but you begin to see how you can get it, and this awareness of possibility knocks down barriers and opens a path for you to freely move towards your goals.
When you work with a coach, you have two brains focused on one goal – that of getting you from where you are now to where you want to be. The coach operates on your agenda, sharing ideas, perspective, and experience related to what you are trying to accomplish. Through the coaching conversations you bounce ideas back and forth, get feedback, test your logic, play “what if” scenarios, and think through how you want to handle situations in your life.
Synergy is powerful. Your coach stays with you as you push outside of your comfort zone. She celebrates successes with you, and encourages you to stretch yourself. When you fall, your coach is there to help you dust off your coat and get going again. Having someone believe in you helps you believe in yourself, and take courageous steps you would have otherwise avoided.
In a coaching relationship you meet with your coach regularly. In each session you commit to action items, and when you report back the following week, you discuss how you did. The “homework” in coaching is based on what you want to do for yourself. But with a coach you have someone outside yourself to answer to.
Accountability is powerful. You do a project because it is due and you’ll be asked about it, even though you may have otherwise let it go. When your priorities are run by outsiders pulling at you, your coach gives you some balance, pulling for you to take the time that is required to create the life you want.
When you hire a coach, you invest time, money, and energy into improving yourself and getting the life you want. It’s a commitment that sets aside a certain amount of your time and mental energy each week and combines it with a wealth of knowledge, resources and support from your coach. All those resources are focused on your goals.
It is difficult to allocate that much time to your personal growth without a structure or outside support system to anchor you. The investment you make with your coach is powerful. It captures the resources and channels them towards the outcomes you define, enabling you to live a full, meaningful life, created, and enjoyed daily, by you.