What can coaching really do for you?
Coaching has been defined primarily by what it is not — it is not therapy and it is not consulting.
The reason for this is that coaching is a process — and the value of coaching comes from the relationship itself, what is co-created between coach and client.
Yes, coaching can help you shorten the learning curve, and move toward your true potential. But each coaching relationship will look a little different.
What is the process?
First, I help you uncover your true, natural strengths, sometimes called Signature Strengths – the ones you can sign your name to. Coaches believe in the creative resourcefulness of their clients. There are undoubtedly some strengths that you don’t even realize you have, or are not fully exercising.
Your Signature Strengths are undeniably who you are. You may as well start leveraging them.
When you start operating from a strengths perspective, you will have the resources that buffer you in times of stress and shorten the learning curve in reaching your goals.
Then we examine your goals. Are these truly the goals that are right for you now? Are they big enough? Are they from your heart? If so, great!
We start to define which goals are your highest priority, what it would be like to get there, and what steps you need to take.
We look at your challenges, what circumstances, beliefs or feelings are getting in your way.
Coaching helps you have better conversations with yourself.
You make better decisions with more clarity that are more in line with your overall plan.
Working with a coach helps you eliminate the barriers, or perceived barriers, that can prevent you from achieving your goals. Coaching helps you take your goals more seriously, focus more intently and stay committed longer.
I am in an area where there aren’t many coaches, how do I find out about hiring one?
It is not essential to be geographically close to your coach. Most coaching is done by telephone. I have clients all over the US and in Spain, England, Canada, etc.
How long does it take?
Now that is a good question! It is different for everyone — it depends on your coaching initiatives. The better I get to know you, the more I can help. There is no standard time frame, but it is generally agreed that successful coaching requires a certain amount of time, commitment and pacing to be most effective. Giving coaching a minimum 3 – 6 month commitment would be very reasonable.
How do I get started?
If you would like to explore whether coaching is right for you, you may call me (847-680-0272) and/or contact me through the website to schedule an initial call. I am committed to you getting the right coach for you, and will also refer outside of my business if I know of a better match for you.