….to work with a coach! Who can use a coach? Well – anyone, really. Since I launched my coaching practice I found that a lot of people think that you have to be in crisis, transition, life disruption, or really messed up to need a coach. Absolutely – working with a coach can be very helpful in those situations. But those aren’t the only circumstances.
One client told me that the best thing about having a coach was having a trusted listener. Sometimes I help people progress with their writing or creative projects. Or they need support to talk through and deal with everyday challenges like work relationships or the stresses of university life. These aren’t crises….though if they build up without support they could be. These are situations where people benefit from having someone to talk to who is completely outside of their regular life and circle. As a coach I know that you are whole and that you don’t need fixing. My only interest is for you to tap into your potential and capacities to explore what you want, to work through problems and challenges and take action.
One benefit is that I am not your mom, aunt, work colleague, boss or friend. I don’t bring opinions and advice. I don’t know or presume to know what is best for you. I can bring a different perspective and help you gain insight. I can be a sounding board. I will not tell you what to do but I will help you figure out what you need to do. And one key difference is that I will hold you accountable for your progress. You will get as much out of coaching as you put in.
A coach is a partner who listens, who wants you to grow and progress, overcome your own challenges and achieve your goals. Who doesn’t need that?