Before you read this, let me tell you that I have written this not just as a coach, but also as a client (or “coachee”) myself. Yes, you read it right, I also have my own coach. I have been coached too and I can honestly say that it is so worth it. The learning and discovery doesn’t stop with the coaching session. Isn’t that amazing?
What is coaching?
According to International Coach Federation, “coaching is defined as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Wow, that was a mouthful to say and quite complex to comprehend. Let me break it down for you.
- In coaching, you and me are partners. We both give our 100% into the coaching relationship. The coach goes as far as the client is willing to go.
- Coaching will not give you the answers straight out. I will not tell you the solutions that worked for me or someone I know. Every person and every situation is different no matter how similar they seem to be
- I will be asking you many questions. Some questions you’ve probably asked yourself before, and some tough questions that will really make you look within you, reflect and discover.
- Because coaching is not about feeding you with the solutions, the process will help you maximize your potential and equip you with lasting learnings that will help you in future life events
It’s like having a friend or a loved one to pour your heart to. Difference is that you won’t only hear words that you want to hear, and you won’t only have “company” to go through your situation. But the coach will help you move forward from wherever you are at that moment.
Do I need to have a MAJOR problem to be coached?
Not at all. Here are some of the reasons why people like you hire a coach.
- Feeling stuck in your present situation (job, relationship, financial status, etc)
- Facing a decision or a dilemma
- Feeling lacking or incomplete, and wanting to do more
- Have a goal or a passion project that you want to pursue
- Overwhelmed or confused with changes, situations, events, goals
- Want to be better at what you’re doing
- Need direction
… And many more.
How much information do I need to share with my coach?
It is up to you how honest and open you want to be to your coach, and to yourself. The more honest and open you are, the more the coach can help you dissect, deconstruct and clear the clutter or the cloud in your thoughts or feelings.
Whatever you share, you are assured that the coach is bound by the International Coach Federation’s Code of Ethics (www.coachfederation.org/ethics). This includes Confidentiality of all content discussed except when content is in violation of applicable laws. In such cases, my coach has the legal responsibility to report such to authorities.
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