Why You Must Get a Coach At Least Once in Your Lifetime
4-min read. Nandini Das Ghoshal a management consultant and a leadership coach, affiliated to the International Association of Coaching (IAC) answers the most asked questions about coaching. Nandini designs and conducts corporate workshops on business strategy and insights, goal setting and team effectiveness. She coaches and mentors entrepreneurs as well as women and mid-career professionals on issues of change, career reset or alignment. Read on to understand how to navigate the world of coaching.
Everyone wants to feel successful in their lives, and that need is not always limited to work. We need to be successful at our relationships, with our partners, our children, our families, socially and of course, at work. We all have an inherent need to be the best versions of ourselves. So, did you ever consider that having a coach could be the vital key that could make that success real and achievable?
What is coaching?
As per the definition of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. In simple terms, it involves a client who engages with a coach to explore any particular issue that he or she feels troubled by at work or in personal life, which gets in the way of his development or performance. The mode of engagement is conversations.
Coaches use their ability to listen deeply, process in the present and invite possibilities in order to motivate their clients and help them reframe their realities. Their objective is always to empower their clients through self-awareness and self-support. More often than not, coaches are those people who have had transformative life experiences and understand the power of empathy and guidance.
It is a fact that we develop certain belief systems in our minds throughout our life and these beliefs are deep and embedded in our subconscious. They are almost never brought up, never questioned and never resolved. A coach listens to us with a deep ear, identifying and making us aware of these belief systems. Then, by challenging our assumptions and coaxing us to question our belief systems, a coach helps us reach into our well of untapped potential.
Many celebrities have used coaches and achieved significant, life-changing results. Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women in the world, attributes much of her success to her life coach, Martha Beck. Leonardo Di Caprio has worked with the famous coach Tony Robbins. Even Bill Clinton reached out for a coach in his most trying moments.
Women benefit immensely from coaching
Women can achieve a lot of success if they support themselves through a coach they trust. Says Denise Pang, an award-winning coach in Singapore, with over 10 years in the profession, “Women often seek and heed advice from a wide variety of sources, living or otherwise. Yet they continue to feel conflicted and confused because there is an important voice that we have been taught not to trust, our hearts. Even if they don’t actively ask for directions, their choices are usually set by external parameters or in the footsteps of someone else’s experience. Masterful coaching opens up the space for people, especially women, to recognize their inner wisdom as an equally important reference point in designing their life, career and who they become.”
How Coaching Works
Research shows that the practice of coaching is rooted in scientific principles of psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. It is a practical application of these bodies of knowledge. In their book “Coaching with the Brain in Mind”, David Rock and Linda J Page assert that “Contemporary neuroscience is beginning to provide a scientific platform for the practice of coaching. Coaching is one application of the theory arising from neuroscience research.”
Whether it is in the area of health, mental wellbeing, wellness, performance at work, relationships, parenting, or learning a new skill, the services of a coach can be highly useful for the following reasons:
- Coaching is always centered around the client, and the coach is invisible
- Coaching believes that the client is capable of self-choice, finding answers, dealing with setbacks and taking action
- A good coach aims to increase self-awareness of the client. While affirming the client’s strengths, a coach also asks powerful clarifying questions which helps the client to reframe their thinking
- A coach partners with his or her client to set value-based goals and provides support to achieve them
- The client’s situation is always adhered to “at the moment”, processing “in the present”.
- At the end of the process, the client emerges with purpose and achievable milestones. The journey itself unleashes magic in the life of the client.
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