Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance by focusing on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future.
Coaching is never to be confused with therapy. If I sense that there are problems that are preventing you from moving forward and counseling seems appropriate, I will tell you, so that you can continue progress in the best way possible.
Throughout our working relationship, I will engage in direct and personal conversations. You, as the client, can count on the me, the coach, to be honest and straightforward in asking questions and making requests. In this role, I serve as your Best-Worst Friend; supportive, present, and yet ready to call out what needs to be addressed.
The power of the coaching relationship can be granted only by the client, and the client agrees to do just that: have the coaching relationship be powerful.
You set the agenda for the sessions. You will decide what the most important topic is to discuss, and on what the desired outcome of our time will be. Your chosen outcome might be to simply explore, discover, or gain awareness around a specific topic. Or maybe to make a distinction, make a choice, clarify direction, change a habit, develop an action plan, or just grouse.
Whatever it may be, we will work together to create focus, motivation, movement, and accountability, throughout your exploration.
I encourage you to make a serious commitment to coaching, and provide yourself with adequate time to progress. Coaching is an investment in yourself and the benefits multiply themselves for a lifetime.