What Is Individual Coaching?

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Good coaches help people become more of their authentic selves.

They have a way of encouraging people to dig deep and realize more of their full potential than even they thought possible.

A qualified coach will help you achieve more of your career and personal potential.

It often begins with a focus on business or career achievement but then overlaps into other areas of life, because our lives operate as a whole, not as separate categories. It is the single best way to accelerate your own progress and realize your personal, professional and other life goals.

The process enables a person to:

  • Identify inner resources and strengths
  • Target areas for growth
  • Promote a healthy balance between career and personal life so you can be the most productive in all areas of your life
  • Uncover specific behaviors that need to change in order to enhance short-term and long-term performance
  • Challenge underlying thought patterns and attitudes that may be creating obstacles–offer possibilities for fundamental change that will enhance desired results
  • Discover personal clarity and purpose

Coaching will help you focus on what you want to achieve in various areas of your life and help you develop an action plan to achieve your full potential. It is up to 80% more effective than books, tapes and seminars over the long term. It is an active and engaging process that will stimulate success in all areas of your life.

What Is a Coach?

A coach is a professional who works with individual clients to help them achieve results and sustain life-changing behavior in their lives and careers.

Coaches address the whole person–with an emphasis on uncovering blind spots and producing right action that leads to more fulfillment, more balance and more effective processes for living and working.

Consultants vs. Coaches

Consultants have been around a long time. Coaches are relatively new. The two professions take very different approaches.

Consultants Coaches
Consultants are problem solvers.
Their underlying message is, “I’m smarter than you are. I’ll tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it.”
Coaches are people developers.
They don’t tell their clients what to do–they ask questions. Their message is, “You’re smart. I’ll be a mirror to help you look inside yourself, so you can not only solve this problem, but maximize your potential in all areas of your life.”
The goal of consulting is typically to maximize profits. The goal of coaching is to maximize potential, which leads to improved results in many areas.

Trainers vs. Coaches

Coaches also operate differently from trainers.

Trainers Coaches
Trainers work primarily by teaching in a classroom setting within a short, predetermined time frame. Coaches work primarily by listening and asking questions over an extended, open-ended time period.
The goal of training is to impart information. The goal of coaching is to elicit action.
The key ingredient is knowledge. The key ingredient is relationship.

Coaching is a powerful relationship that enables people to make important changes in their lives.

Unlike reading books and attending seminars, coaching is an ongoing process, and it is very interactive. The primary benefits begin after clients hang up the phone. That’s when they begin the real work of redirecting their lives.

Hiring a coach is a long-term commitment to yourself. Your coach will be there to help you identify what is truly important to you and develop a plan to achieve that. Your coach will be standing on the sidelines encouraging and supporting you as you take the actions necessary to achieve the goals that lead to your dreams. Your coach will be there at the finish line to congratulate you and help you gear up for the next race.

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