Three benefits you will immediately get when you are coached, even just for a few times:
- coaching clarifies your situation,
- it moves you forward,
- it boosts your confidence.
How coaching works in real life?
Let me give you an example.
About a week ago I totally freaked out. ‘I will never make this business work! How could I? I’m an immigrant stay-at-home mom with nothing but a long-expired university degree from abroad!’
My trigger was a nice chat with a lovely other beginner coach lady, who happen to have
- tons of work experience in other fields,
- lots of connections with well-off people and
- great ol’ self-confidence, heaps of it.
And I have none of these. 🙁
So I called my coach friend and asked for an appointment. We worked for a good hour. By the end, I realized what my block was, I knew what to do next, and most of all, I felt confident that I can absolutely do it.
So I started working again and in a week I finished three important jobs necessary to grow my business. Yay! 🙂
Lesson I learnt: we see the world through our lenses. And sometimes we get stuck not as a result of real blocks… But because of our false views… created by our distorting lenses.
If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.
Edward de Bono
So what a coach can do for you?
Coaching helps to clarify your situation
What’s on this picture?
An everyday thing, but hard to tell at first on a close-up photo, right?
Same with our lives. We look at it from so close, we can miss parts of the picture. We can’t see the forest from the trees.
- What is blocking me?
- Why am I stuck?
- What preconceptions, prejudices I have that narrow down my view of the situation?
Coaches can give us a new perspective as they paraphrase, ask great open questions or describe our position with big pic metaphors. Expect to have big ‘AHA!’ moments! A whole new array of possibilities can open up when the fog clears in front of us.
Coaching moves you forward
Have you ever noticed that you are running around in circles, very busy but you are not making any progress? (That’s me and my marketing efforts, hahaha!)
Great coaches can help you to stop, breath, and
- focus on your goals,
- decide on your priorities,
- brainstorm for ideas,
- choose what is the next step to do right now and
- stay accountable.
The result: as you go back to work, you will not waste your time and efforts on peripheral things, instead, you make progress where it matters the most. So you get more bang for your buck. 🙂
Coaching gives you confidence
During our coaching session, my coach helped me to realize, that
- I had a successful small business before so I have business experience I can apply now,
- I already have coaching skills
- I do have a network of people, maybe not a very big network but it exists.
So when you work with a coach, they will help you to see:
- what are your strengths you can use here and now,
- what experiences you have related to this,
- what kind of similar problems you solved before.
Coaching can make a difference in a few sessions
There are situations when talking to a coach just a few times can give you instant results, saving time, headaches, and probably some money, too. Take a look at the examples in the chart below:
|Your situation||The problem||Assistance from life coach|
|You are ready to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or finish a never ending project,||but you tried and gave up before a few times.||A coach can help you to use your experiences from the past attempts to finally conquer the beast this time.
Plus every benefit I mention in this post before. 🙂
|You have a goal close to your heart||but it is several obstacles away, that might need a detailed long-term plan to reach.||Your life coach will know the best goal setting methods for your situation.
Also can help to brainstorm new ways to tackle the obstacles.
|You need to make a major decision,||and it has a deadline
and affects other people. like family members.
|A life coach can help you think it out loud, check your priorities, consider pros and cons.
Plus teaches you professional decision making tools most people never even heard of.
Working with a coach for even a few sessions can give you these immediate benefits:
- You will see your situation clearer.
- You will know what to do next.
- You will have confidence doing it.
Ready, set, go! 🙂
PS: What are your goals to work for? Let me know in the comments below!