If you want to take advantage of an opportunity or challenge, if you feel “stuck” on the path to achieving your goals, or simply believe there’s something more to discover in your personal or professional life, partnering with a professional coach could benefit you.
Coaching is a deep transformational process. It takes time to build awareness, to challenge the status quo, to stretch beyond the old comfort zones, to grow and develop new mindsets and habits. It is for people who are committed to their own growth and transformation and who understand that coaching is an investment into their better future.
The biggest difference between coaching and therapy is that in coaching, a client is an emotionally and psychologically healthy person. In therapy, the client is emotionally unwell and needs healing.
Therapy looks back and focuses on examining the past to understand how the client got to where they are now.
Coaching looks forward and concentrates on where the clients are right now, where they would like to be in the future and how they can get there.
Simply put, coaching elicits answers from the client and consulting tells the client what to do.
If a client wanted help with learning how to ride a bicycle, a consultant would write them a “how to” manual.
A coach would have the client get on the bicycle and walk alongside him/her, guiding the client through the process until (s)he felt confident enough to ride on their own. A coach’s focus is to help the clients understand themselves, and to guide them into making the best decisions and taking the right steps to achieve their goals. A coach will offer the tools and resources, honest feedback, encouragement and accountability, but will not offer solutions.
A mentor is generally an older, more experienced person who supports a younger person in their growth, especially career development. Mentor/mentee relationship is open-ended and can last for many years. A mentor will provide access to resources and networks, or can offer practical tips on how to solve a particular problem based on their own wisdom and experience. The mentoring relationship is informal and the mentor usually does not receive payment for mentoring.
I am certified in the Co-Active method, the golden standard of coaching recognized globally.
“Co-Active helps you stretch your sightline, get out of your comfort zone, and grow along the way. It’s a way to better understand your own journey—to help you design your own life’s quest by rediscovering your courage to be the one you want to be, in order to create what you want to create.”