The Art of Coaching

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan

coachingWhen you think about sports, it would probably be silly for a team or athlete to show up at practice or at a game and just try to figure it out as they go. Each team and athlete has a coach for a reason. A coach leads in practice, in games and in workouts by following a plan of action that will increase the chances of winning games and possibly a championship. A coach helps bring out the best in every play and creates a winning strategy for the team at large.

So, why is it that so many people try to go about life and career on their own? Maybe it’s because they believe they have everything figure out, they don’t think they have the time for coaching, they worry that coaching might be too expensive or they might not even understand what coaching is and what it entails. When it comes right down to it, coaching provides a valuable benefit that far outweighs the cost. It provides an independent perspective and valuable insights on how to be your best self and live your best life every day. Coaches are there to guide you, hold you accountable and give you actionable steps to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

If you’ve been thinking about hiring a coach or you’re curious as to how the process works, we’re providing an insider look at how a coach gets you from where you are to where you want to be by digging deep and working with you to develop your own personal roadmap for success.

5-steps in the Coaching Process:
1. Baseline Assessment: The coaching process should begin with a baseline diagnostic to assess your overall perceptions, feelings, energy levels and satisfaction across the various dimensions of your life.
2. Vision and Mission: Next, it’s time to look towards the future and paint a picture of what you want your “ideal” life to look like. Here is where you create a vision board of what you’re working towards and a purposeful mission statement that will serve as guideposts and reminders of who you are and what you stand for.
3. Current State: Once you’ve decided what you want your life to look like, it’s time to assess where you stand today and brainstorm strategies that you will deploy to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
4. Creating the Roadmap: Having a clear sense of where you are and where you want to be, you and your coach will craft a tangible multi-part and multi-phase action plan to get you closer to your ideal image.
5. Accountability: Here comes the fun part! It’s now time to take action and deploy the roadmap. Check-ins and maintenance meetings should occur in the weeks and months to follow. It’s important to keep an ongoing discussion with your coach to track progress and discuss any roadblocks you may be dealing with as you start making changes in your life.

If you’re ready to make a change in your life or work towards a life you’ve always dreamt of, then consider hiring a coach to work alongside you. It will be well worth the investment and will set you up for the life you deserve.

What’s the one area where you think you can benefit from coaching?

Leadership Spotlight:

Kelli Kolling

Executive Coach, Member and Contributor, Forbes™ Coaching Council

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