You may read articles about coaching, you've heard its a great thing, you may even know someone that has used some type of coach. What does it really mean to be coached? Is it someone telling me what to do? Is it some systematic approach to getting every last “should” done that I haven't actually finished in the last X number of years? Is it another goal achieving gimmick?
Coaching is a process, a connection with a person who gathers information from you, asks questions to help you decipher priorities and helps you progress towards your chosen goals. Coaches often possess a high level of emotional intelligence which means we can see things in a multifaceted way. Most of life and decision making is not simple or “face value” and its very difficult for a person to decipher exactly why or how the decision is being made. Sometimes you don't see your weaknesses, usually you don't know the power of your strengths.
One of my favorite things in coaching is seeing the positives in people. I love to spot the unique talents and interesting personality traits of people. I enjoy listening to challenges, hearing about how a person feels about him or herself and how he or she has overcome obstacles in the past.
I firmly believe that life should be enjoyable most of the time, although I hear from a lot of people that this is not true. Sometimes habits need to be changed, sometimes focus needs to be shifted and sometimes a person just makes a simple decision to enjoy. In my experience coaching in over 5,000 sessions at a Fortune 500 company, I've heard many different perspectives. I've learned that the process is different for each and every person. One of the most amazing things I have noticed is that when a person trusts that the coach is truly committed to understanding without judgment and sincerely committed to the best interests of the client, the success of the session, goals and progress can be more than either side imagined.