Although globally more and more people are hiring coaches every day, there’s still a significant amount of curiosity around it. I’d like to help take some of the mystery out of coaching.
Coaching is a forward-focused collaboration between two equals, you and your coach, with the aim to help you build the fulfilling life you dream about deep in your heart. It is important to point out here that the intent is to create the life you desire, and facilitate your goal attainment. Coaching follows your agenda, not the coach’s.
Coaching allows you to see options and resources that may have been hidden, and helps you maximize your potential and performance. It is action-based and focuses on enhancing the quality of your life. Coaching is about asking the right questions to reveal the right answers for YOU…then, it’s about taking action, while receiving encouragement, accountability, and support every step of the way.
At ACT in the Moment, the core purpose in coaching is to help you live a full, purposeful, rewarding life. What would be possible for you if you had a partner in your life who helped you:
- Identify what REALLY matters to you in your personal and professional life.
- Clarify your core values
- Set goals for what you TRULY want, not what you think you “should” want, and support you as you achieve them
- Improve relationships
- Learn how to deal with stress, doubt, fear, and insecurity
- Handle painful thoughts and emotions
- Increase wellbeing
- Shift your perspective
- Navigate through challenge and crises more effectively and efficiently
- Utilize untapped resources, both internal and external, so you can be the person you really want to be
- Build confidence and resilience
- Take action
- Experience greater satisfaction at work
- Improve performance
- Complete a project
- Live more fully every moment of your life
In summary, a coach can help you live the life you want to live, be the person you want to be, and express in the world in the way you intend.
Please note that coaching is not therapy. Diagnosing and treating medical or mental health problems are outside the scope of coaching. Coaching assumes the client is whole and functioning, and may be experiencing a challenge, a lack of progress, are feeling stuck, or simply understand the power of a coaching partnership to help them live a vibrant, meaningful life guided by their values.
How Does Coaching Work?
Coaching is usually delivered over the phone, although some coaches meet face-to-face. Depending on your coach, your goals and your personal situation, coaching is delivered either one-on-one or in groups. Sessions usually range from 30 minutes to an hour, 2 -3 times per month. Some coaches also offer just in time mini-coaching sessions, which typically last 10 – 15 minutes, and are laser-focused. As well, some offer between session email exchanges, online discussions, or group chats.
You can hire a coach as a long- or short-term partner, for you, your business, your team, your family, or your organization. There are coaches who specialize in unique challenges, particular positions or roles, life-stages, or specific goals, and there are coaches who offer a holistic approach to help you redesign and improve the quality of your life overall.
Whatever the focus or venue, in each session, the coach listens intently, asks questions to stimulate your thinking, provides feedback on their observations, supports you in expanding your perspective, helps you assess your options, create action agreements, and draw upon your resources. Every interaction with your coach confirms that you are not in it alone.