Coaching accelerates progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. It concentrates on where you are today and what you are willing to do to get where you want to be tomorrow. Coaching provides a transformative space for you to experience easier and accelerated growth to move you towards your passion and goals. Here are seven reasons why it works:
Pattern interruption. The structure and support within the professional coaching relationship serves to interrupt the unconscious patterns of behavior‚ creating an opportunity to stop business as usual and consciously look at what is happening and perhaps choose differently.
Conscious goal commitment. What you focus on expands. If you make a conscious commitment to move forward with a goal or intention, you‚ve immediately increased your chances of realizing that goal or intention.
Clarity. Coaching helps you to define what you want and how you are going to get there. Once defined, coaching keeps you moving forward toward the realization of that goal or intention.
Create manageable and achievable steps. An ongoing coaching relationship helps you define and take steps towards that big goal‚ interrupting any inertia. You start to think in terms of, “What can I do today to help me move towards my larger goal?” Your coach is there to keep you on track all the way to the realization of what you, until now, have only been visualizing.
Accountability. Making a commitment to your coach increases the consciousness that is brought to that commitment. It is no longer simply something you want to do, but something you have committed to doing. Big difference.
Real-time feedback. The ongoing conversation and action plan allow for immediate feedback. New ideas or concerns can be quickly addressed and appropriate changes adopted to keep the momentum going.
Inquiry. Questions and answers are at the heart of coaching. Thought and action are inspired through the process of inquiry . . . what do you want?, what stands in your way?, and, how are your going to get there?
(adapted from International Coaching Federation material)