As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today we’ll do our best to answer some of the most common and frequently asked questions…

stone question markWhat is coaching?

Coaching is a process to help you clearly understand the relationship between you and your thoughts and to recognize how your thought processes have been running your life.  Coaching can assist you in recognizing moments of choice throughout your day and encourage you to make better decisions at those moments of choice.  Coaching focuses on moving forward and making the changes you want to make.

What it’s not?

Coaching should not be construed as psychological therapy or consulting.  Therapy focuses on addressing unresolved issues that are holding you back from moving forward and consulting is giving expert advice in a particular, specific area.

Are my results guaranteed?

No, they are not.  Your coach will guide and support you in the process of mastering your thoughts and ultimately your actions based on your decisions.  Ultimately that choice rests solely with you.  You enter a coaching relationship with the understanding that YOU are responsible for doing the necessary work to create the results you want.

How can a coach help me?

If you want to improve your performance, improve self-awareness, develop leadership capacity, learn how to empower and improve communications with others, live a more successful, productive, happy life, a coach can guide you through the process of making changes in the way you are currently thinking.

What are a few reasons people hire coaches?discipline with watch

  • Improve relationships (family, business, friend, etc.)
  • Promoting to management or leadership position
  • Improve people skills
  • Experiencing diversity challenges
  • Improve employee retention rate
  • Increase productivity
  • Experience quality personal time
  • Achieve excellent health/fitness
  • Develop long-lasting friendships
  • Plan their financial well-being
  • Undergoing major life changes
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve personal confidence
  • Create a worthwhile life vision

How do I chose a coach?

Consider your goals – what do  you want to be different in your life, goals you want to accomplish / achieve, or discover what you’re truly capable of becoming?

  1. Educate yourself about coaching and investigate and research what’s available.
  2. Assess your readiness for coaching.  Are you willing to invest time and effort into getting the results you want?  This is not a quick fix or band-aid.  Do you want to change your circumstance or your life?
  3. Identify and interview  your coaching partner candidates.
  4. Select your coach.

What are your thoughts about today’s information?

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coaching profession and about hiring a coach.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can assist you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.