A Coach Will Clear Your Mind
I’ve been sharing a lot about masterminds, business, and personal development. It’s time to share more about the root of many of the ideas and concepts in my writing.
Coaching is what ties my work and my writing. Having been in the industry since 1994, that’s no surprise. So I want to share a little about coaching and why I’m so passionate about it.
Coaching is about cleaning cobwebs and clutter from your mind and your life. Just like dental floss cleans the tartar and build-up from between your teeth, coaching cleans the misperceptions, old “tapes” and “baggage” from your life.
What is Coaching
By definition, coaching is the means of moving you from where you are now to where you want to be. Sounds easy enough. So why don’t we move ourselves? Why do you need a coach?
Being involved in personal growth programs – either in live workshops, audio tapes, or books is a standard practice. (Self-help is a billion dollar business for a reason.) I’m an admitted self-help junkie. Self-help junkies read and do whatever the latest “thing” is to grow themselves. Sound like you? For a week after every program, you’re energized and excited. Then life returns to what it was before. You either have to go back for a “fix, return” revert to the way things were before the program. It’s not that the information is flawed in any way. The information is usually great. Sadly, making it a permanent never seems to happen.
The power of coaching comes from the skills of the coach, the commitment of the client, and the relationship they develope. It’s not a magic formula. Coaching is not a one-time shot in the arm. It’s a commitment to a process that takes time. That’s one of the biggest differences between coaching and other personal development choices. Even when a live program is motivational, what’s missing is the follow up to help you implement the learning in your life.
Let me tell you my experience with my first coach. My life changed. One of the biggest differences in working with my coach vs. being involved in yet one more personal growth program was consistency. I met with her weekly (by phone). I met with her on implementing changes I wanted in my life and making sure they became ingrained so they were permanent. I dropped old habits and developed new ones. My relationships improved. My business grew. She challenged my thinking and assumptions about my life and how it was supposed to be. And every week I grew a little more.
The power of coaching is in the process, and there is not a coach who I respect who does not have a coach of their own.
Bottom line – coaching is the process of moving you forward in your life. It’s a synthesis of philosophies and theories from many places – business, finance, spirituality, sports, philosophy, and life. It’s a relationship based on truth and trust. I know my clients already have the answers they need. My job is to bring out their personal truth and wisdom.
There have been many articles written about coaching, and there are many websites you can visit to get more information. If you want to know more, you can visit our Beware the Counterfeit Coach page. It’s a comprehensive guide to coaching. When you’re ready to hire a coach of your own, you’ll be informed and ready.
Coaching isn’t for everyone. What I know, though, is if you’re willing to work and make changes in your life, it’s a great vehicle to use. Just imagine how different your life could be if you had a partner supporting you as you begin living your dreams.