What is a Coach?

A Personal Coach is someone who can help you ignite your potential!

A Coach facilitates critical new insights, enabling you to set targeted goals and take deliberate action. Coaching assists you in seeing where
you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. It challenges you to accomplish more and to contribute more.

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A Coach is someone who:

  • Helps you break through limiting fears and beliefs
  • Encourages you to pursue your dreams
  • Helps you problem solve and find solutions
  • Keeps you focused and motivated

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Supports you in all you do!


A Personal Coach is a professional trained to help people figure out what they want most from life, and how to achieve it. Think of it as hiring your own personal "life consultant." Most of us already have ideas on what areas of our lives we would like to change or improve: career, relationships, health and fitness (or possibly all of the these). Rather than dispense generic advice, a Coach will listen to your individual needs, and work with you in the development of a specific plan of action. As a result, you will set and achieve bigger and better goals. Having a Coach challenges you to do more than you would have done on your own, and provides the tools, support and structure that ensures your success!

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How is "Coaching" Different from "Counseling?"


Coaching is not therapy or counseling! A Coach is very action oriented and asks you WHAT you are willing to do, WHEN will you do it, and HOW will you get it done. A Coach will hold you accountable. And, while deep empathetic listening is central to both coaching and counseling, coaching focuses on moving you forward in life. The direction is always forward as you overcome obstacles and continually move toward your personal and professional goals.

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Who Hires a Coach and Why?


People hire a Coach because:

  • They want to make their life easier
  • They want to grow or change and get out of their comfort zone
  • They want more (or less) of something that they've decided is important in their life

It's that simple. Coaches can help a you get all three. Quickly!

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Personal Coaching Will Help You Live an Extraordinary Life!


Learn to design and live the life of your dreams: Because you set goals that you REALLY want!

Coaching can help you distinguish between what you "could," "should," "ought-to," and "have-to" want, from what you deep down in your own
heart and soul really want. Once you create the ideal goals, you're much more likely to naturally, and consistently, take the necessary actions to reach them.

Progress more rapidly: Because you continually evaluate where you are, and where you're going!

The Coaching relationship gives you an objective partner to help you constantly evaluate whether your actions are working effectively or not. This consistent feedback loop allows you to adjust your approach and move forward at a much quicker pace than if you were working alone.

Reach for more than you ever thought possible: Because you have a partner who is there to support you!

When anyone has a partner they trust, they will always reach for much, much more...because they can afford to. That's what the Coaching relationship is all about!

Make Better Decisions for Yourself: Because Your Focus is Clear!

There is value in sharing ideas with someone who understands you and wants a lot for you. Just discussing your options with someone who can listen, is often enough to crystallize your thoughts and notions.


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What Are Some of the "Results" You May Experience by Having a Coach?


Personal Coaching can help you:

  • Make more money
  • Grow your business
  • Become more profitable
  • Solve problems and challenges
  • Plan for success
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Get clear on what you want
  • Push through limiting fears
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve communication skills and relationships
  • Gain more self-confidence
  • Design a life
  • Develop strategies
  • See other possibilities
  • Stay focused on what's important in your life
  • Consistently take action
  • Dream big

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What Are Some of the "Benefits" You May Experience by Having a Coach?


Personal Coaching will help you feel:

  • Supported
  • Encouraged
  • Inspired
  • Motivated
  • Listened to
  • Understood
  • Confident
  • Successful


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What Happens During a Typical Coaching Session?


Each session will be different, based on your wants and needs at that time. In general, your Coach will listen, ask questions to clarify or evoke further information, give you feedback, brainstorm ideas, and challenge you. In addition, you can expect encouragement and validation for your successes, and the wisdom to help you find the learning in your failures and mistakes, while helping you see the bigger picture. Your Coach may also make requests, give assignments, and/or suggest actions that will most effectively move you closer to your goals.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Coaching Relationship


I want you to benefit greatly from your Personal Coaching relationship. The following thoughts will help you maximize the value you get from Coaching:

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Get to Know Yourself Better


Working with a sensitive and empathic Coach is a healthy way to grow. Most clients hire a Coach to accomplish several specific goals, and much of the time and focus is spent on these goals. Yet, with coaching, don't be surprised if you discover new parts of yourself, or if you find your goals adjusting to fit "who" you really are. This discovery process is natural; so you needn't rush it, just realize it will likely happen.

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Double Your Level of Willingness


Your Coach will expect a lot from you. Not too much, but certainly more than you may have been asked recently. You need to be willing to experiment with fresh approaches, and be open-minded about redesigning the parts of your life that you want to change. This will help you to more easily reach your goals, and live an integrated and fulfilled personal and professional life using the gifts you have. Please be willing to:

  • Change your behavior, a lot
  • Experiment and try new things
  • Remove all sources of stress in your life
  • Redesign how you spend your time
  • Set some really big goals
  • Start treating people much, much better
  • Re-evaluate the assumptions and decisions you've made
  • Start telling the absolute truth
  • Get the support you need to handle your problems
  • Raise your personal standards to be very, very high
  • Stop tolerating, or suffering about your life


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Come to the Coaching Call Prepared with Your Agenda


We have a set amount of time together that you will want to use effectively. Using the Client Prep Form can help. This form can include things like:

  • Successes and wins you've had during the week
  • Problems you've faced and how you handled them
  • What you're currently working on and how it's going
  • Insights, "aha's" and new levels of awareness which excite you
  • A report on the homework you've completed
  • Advice you want from the Coach regarding a current situation


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Enjoy Each and Every Session


Clearly we have work to do together, but it is important to us that you enjoy the sessions as well. After several calls, you may find that we take a little time to catch up on those parts of your life that mean a lot to you, or you may want to share something personal and confidential. And after several months (probably sooner), you may find that we even laugh a lot during the call--at life, how you've grown, how things happen, and other fun stuff! Coaching sessions needn't be intense, or feel like a burdensome effort for you to produce the miracles that you know are possible. Please feel free to set a tone for the calls that you are comfortable with, and the Coach will respect what you need in this area.

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Keep Yourself Healthy and Well Between Sessions


Coaching can require energy: emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Given this, the Coach expects you to take extraordinary care of yourself while being Coached. Only you know what this entails, but I suggest you go much further than you ever have in this regard. Some examples might be:

  • Exercise (any type that you enjoy)
  • Eating right
  • Adequate sleep and rest
  • Writing/Journaling
  • Prayer and Meditation


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Do Your Homework Each Week


This is not the type of homework that you remember from school! These are tasks, results or changes you are telling yourself and your Coach that you will do your best to complete before the next scheduled session. You must apply yourself, and use the homework to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

 

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“Part consultant, part motivational speaker...coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals.”
— Newsweek

“Coaching is an action-oriented partnership that, unlike psychotherapy, which delves into patterns of the past, concentrates
on where you are today and how to reach your goals.”
— Time Magazine

“In a recent study, training alone improved leadership skills by 22%. When combined with Executive Coaching, improvement jumps to 77%."
— Fortune Magazine

“The goal of coaching is the goal of good management - to make the most of an organization’s valuable resources.”
— The Harvard Business Review

“Once used to bolster troubled staffers, coaching now is part of the standard development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers.”
— CNN.com