Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Does coaching really work?

This afternoon I took a call from one of my coachees and was delighted to get the following feedback ..."I just wanted to call you and thank you for the great coaching session we had yesterday.  I feel completely different today and I am having a very productive day.  It is amazing how much perspective I gain through talking to you and it has added incredible value to my business.  Truthfully I think coaching has changed my life."

To know that the work you do as a business coach makes such an impact in the lives of the people you work with is the most gratifying feeling.  It is extremely validating to know that what you have chosen as a career path is the right one for you.  Helping others see the possibilities within themselves personally drives me to be a better coach.  Helping business owners play a bigger game and pursue success at a higher level gives me a profound sense of accomplishment and purpose.

And what is really exciting to see, is the growth that occurs in the lives and businesses of the people I have the privilege to coach and work with.  Coaching is a catalyst for this growth.  It is an empowering, collaborative process that allows the individual to set and achieve goals that might normally be out of reach or would take much longer for them to achieve if they were to go it alone.

Coaching is inspiring, exciting and a smart investment in one's future.  Success is simple (believe it or not) but never easy.  People who succeed are set apart by their behaviors and their mindset.  They have clear goals, determination, drive and most important purpose.  The other thing that most successful people have is a coach.  Someone who can help them achieve and sustain greater levels of success and results.

Coaching can unlock a person's potential.  It is a partnership between the coach and the coachee in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize on their personal and professional potential.  This is so important, especially in today's ever shifting, complex and competitive market place.  As a coach, I always honor my client as the expert of their own life, the captain of their ship, the boss in their own business.

I believe we all have the answers we seek, the problem is we don't always trust or believe that what we know or think to be the answer, truly is the answer.  Therefore, coaching and the relationship that develops with a coach can be what helps you to self actualize and develop game winning strategy.

Honestly, would you expect an Olympic gold medalist to win without the help of a coach?  Could you imagine a soccer team hitting the field without any coaching?  Would you expect the winning team of the next Super Bowl to achieve such an accomplishment without the help of numerous coaches?

Coaching works because it enables the individual to focus on their goals.  It empowers you to achieve results while giving you the support and the accountability to stay the course and not get distracted or loose sight of what it is that you are working for.  Coaching is also about identifying solutions and generating opportunity for growth.  The right coach with the right experience can also become an invaluable resource when developing your personal and professional skills.

The coaching process can dramatically improve your outlook on work and life while improving your leadership and business development, just ask anyone who has ever worked with a coach about the results they have achieved.