Coaching is not something new. Most people quickly associate coaching with athletic activities starting in childhood. Within the field of athletics, coaches help prepare, guide and support athletes in the process of developing skill and exercising their talent. Coaches can often become a significant player in a person’s overall development, outside of athletics. Think of the people who you consider coaches in your life. Think of those who took an interest in your personal success, took the time necessary to help guide you and cheered you on as you tasted success. Have anyone in mind? In fact, I think we often have many people in our lives who, in one way or another, fulfill the role of coach. These people may be teachers, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, pastors, or maybe even the stranger you happen to strike a conversation with one afternoon. Many people perform the role of a coach in some way.
While some stumble into coaching without thinking much of it, others find it a part of their calling in life. All professional coaches seek the education and training necessary to effectively serve others, in addition to relying on their expertise. Their backgrounds give them specific knowledge and a particular perspective that sets them apart from others in the field. For example, some focus on guiding professional golfers, professionals in human resources, and or even people interested in learning how to use the latest computer technology. There are really no areas in which coaches cannot help. Ultimately, it’s important for clients to find the kind of coach they think they need.
It is important, however, to clarify that there is one limitation to coaching. Coaching is not to be confused with the field of counseling. Counseling is a field of psychological therapy dedicated to the treatment of people suffering from issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. People suffering from serious problems that significantly impact their life and functioning are best served by seeing a counselor, social worker, or a psychologist. Many people often first discuss having these problems with their doctor, possibly due to problems eating, sleeping, working and engaging with their family. Fortunately, people are becoming more aware of the benefit in addressing these issues. As a result, there are many resources available if you believe that you need to speak to a therapist. Please check the “resources” link to find more information about this.
If you believe that coaching is most suitable for you, then please contact me and we can schedule a time to discuss your path towards progress! Thank you!