Let’s play a game. Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions?
There’s a gap between where I am now and where I want to be
I can make and keep appointments to work on my goal(s)
I’m committed to do the work required and take action to get to where I want to be
I’m willing to change any self-defeating behaviours and beliefs that limit my success
I am willing to try new things, even if I’m not yet 100% convinced they will work
More than three yes’s? Then coaching is what you need.
So what is coaching anyway?
Essentially, coaching is a future-focused conversation with a trained professional. A conversation that’s 100% about you and helping you think differently about things you’ve previously felt stuck or unclear about. It’s action-oriented. Coaching gets you results.
Why do I need a coach?
Put simply, because it will get you where you want to be faster than if you go it alone.
A good coach will help you to bring out the best of yourself so that you feel confident in your abilities, have clarity on what you want and stay motivated to overcome the tricky patches.
Whatever your challenge, a professional coach can help you unpick the challenge or issue at hand, and define a way to overcome it.
The idea is that the more you learn and understand about yourself, the more equipped you’ll be to navigate your health journey and make choices that will make you happy and fulfilled. Along the way, your coach can help you recognise your strengths, address the habits that are supporting you, or maybe getting in your way, and help you find ways to overcome obstacles.
How does coaching work?
Whatever the challenge, your coach will ask you lots of questions aimed at raising your own awareness and helping you see things from a new perspective.
Then they’ll work with you to break the issue down, clarify your goals and help you define your own way forward. Importantly, you’ll leave every session with clear actions to take. No fluff here, this is about results and getting you where you want to be, no matter your start point.
Coaching is most effective over a series of sessions. We say that 90% of the work is done in between sessions because that’s when it’s up to you to use the new insights you’ve gained or take the action you decided on.
Each session is a touchpoint to talk about any challenges or successes since the last time, and decide what you want to do next.
How do I get the best out of coaching?
Most people find coaching an empowering and liberating experience but, like anything, you get out what you put in, so you need to come prepared with an open mind and it’s helpful to think about what you want to get out of the session before you start. Time, commitment and honesty (with yourself as much as with your coach) are all you really need.