As with many other modalities like therapy, consulting, and mentoring there are some myths surrounding life coaching. We attempt below to demystify those myths.
1) Coaching is not therapy
Therapy traditionally is treatment to cure behavioral or emotional problems such as trauma, depression, anxiety, even serious mental illness, so people can live functional, good lives. The word literally means “curing or healing.”
In therapy, the healing may require fixing problems, dealing with issues in the past, analyzing behavior to resolve a specific problematic feeling or belief, focusing on “why” something happened.
Like therapy, coaching acknowledges the past, but more importantly, coaching is always about moving the client forward, from where they are presently, to where they want to be in the future.
Contrary to therapy, coaches see opportunities to be developed, not problems to be fixed.
It’s an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.
With a trained coach, you get personal assistance from someone who has your best interest in mind; someone creative, non-judgmental, a good listener whose purpose is to help you manage and enjoy your life.
Coaching brings out the potential in a client, be it a person, couple, family or corporation. This process is done by emotionally connecting the client’s inner purpose and passion to outer goals and strategies to bring about extraordinary and sustainable results.
2) Coaching is not consulting
A consultant is hired to identify a problem and comes up with a plan to solve that specific problem. When they do, they turn the plan for success over to you – “Here you go. This should work. Job complete.”
Coaches work with you every step of the way, creating and implementing a plan together. That’s the partnership.
How galvanizing is it for you to work on an idea you helped create rather than being told what to do?
Trained coaches enable you to find answers and then take action. They keep asking questions, utilizing tools, principles and methods to help you produce exactly what you want.
Just as you would clear a runway for a plane to take off, or clear land to build something, coaching helps you make sure nothing is blocking your progress and aspirations.
Coaching is a healthy, positive, and enabling process that develops the capacity of people to solve today’s business problems. Touching people’s spirits and rekindling what deeply matters to them.