To be successful, coaching requires certain behaviors from the individual, all beginning with intention. If you really intend to bring about positive changes in your life, coaching is the perfect solution!
You must be able to focus your efforts, energies and intentions, listen carefully and observe the impact of your behaviors and communication style-all while exercising self-discipline-and taking decisive action while maintaining personal control. A sense of style, sense of humor, and sense of direction will see you through the process, making it enjoyable, beneficial, and truly life changing.
Results will vary based on the effort and energy each individual puts towards achieving their goals. Engaging in the coaching process is designed to bring about a variety of results. Results typically experienced include:
You gain clarity on priorities and values
You learn better goal setting strategies and achieve those goals
You and your coach create a momentum so you get results easier and quicker
You live a more balanced life
You have lower stress levels
You have increased self confidence
You have an overall improved quality of life
You gain enhanced communication skills
You have an improved relationship with yourself
You learn to create better relationships with co-workers
You learn to create better personal and family relationships
You develop a healthier attitude and habits
You learn to value yourself more
You stop tolerating the things that are dragging you down
You become proactive and less reactive
You have a person supporting you whose purpose is to empower you towards success
Therapists, for example Psychotherapists, have a college/masters degree or doctorate in a chosen mental health field. They are licensed and skilled to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients within their specialty by analyzing past events, addressing emotional issues and facilitating healing. In the eMerge coaching model, clients are viewed as fully creative, resourceful and whole. Using this approach, a coach helps the client to make changes in their lives by observing present conditions, visualizing future goals and determining action steps. A coach helps a client identify where they are today and encourages them to move forward to where they want to go.
The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the client's needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, three to six months of working with a coach may work. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period.
Coaching typically begins with a personal informal meeting (either face-to-face or by telephone call) to assess your current goals and challenges, to understand you as a whole person, and to set priorities, goals and establish a step-by-step plan. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person or over the telephone, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, you may be asked to complete specific assignments in the Driver's Manual that support accomplishing your goals. The coach may provide additional resources to support your growth and development. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on your personal needs and preferences.
Assessments-A variety of assessments are available to support the coaching process and coach/client relationship. These assessments help provide objective information, which enhance your ability to move forward in your journey.
Co-Creating Approach-Learn, focus, and apply what feels right, what areas needed strengthening, and what direction is needed to get there. The coach models positive and constructive communication skills. The Co-Creating Approach incorporates discovery-based inquiry, proactive ways of assisting clients to achieve their goals, and envisioning future success.
The most important factor when selecting a coach is finding a comfortable match. Your coach is someone who you should easily understand, respect, feel supported, and be in Co-Creating partnership with. Here are some questions you may want to ask prospective coaches:
What is your coaching experience? (number of individuals coaches, years of experience, types of situations)
What is your coach specific training?
What is your coaching specialty or client areas you most often work in?
What specialized skills or experience do you bring to your coaching?
What is your philosophy about coaching?
What is your specific process for coaching? (how sessions are conducted, frequency, etc.)
What are some coaching success stories? (specific examples of individuals who have done well and examples of how you have added value)
Accountability: Talking with your coach weekly holds you accountable and responsible for the progress and work you have completed. A coach helps you keep on track with your progress and achievements, while helping you outline new objectives each week.
Personal Cheerleader: Sometimes you may get lost along your journey. Your coach is there to remind you of your endless potential and infinite possibilities. Also, they are there to cheer you on when the driving gets tough. They are a click or a call away.
Co-Creating Relationship: Regular coaching sessions provide a supportive and dedicated partner totally focused on your vision, goals, and ideas, and strategies to help you achieve them.
Neutral Viewpoint: See your progress and challenges from a different viewpoint. By having your problem or situation restated by your coach, it can give you depth and clarity about the situation to reach a good solution. Their 'neutral' perspective can help you see clearly.