Now that we’ve talked about what professional life and business coaching is, we continue our series by breaking down some common misconceptions about coaching and take a look at what a coach is not.
A Coach Is Not:
…a therapist, counselor, doctor, or attorney.
…a know-it-all with all the answers to life’s secrets. No one is. If someone tells you they have all the answers, run away!
…someone who knows everything about you just because you’ve shared a few conversations. Sometimes your coach will offer words of encouragement, and others they’ll ask questions that help you to come to realizations about yourself. That’s the beauty of powerful questions in coaching. But it’s important to remember, a good coach knows there is no one who knows you better than YOU! He won’t every push his own ideas about who you are (or who you’re not) onto you (if he, she, or anyone else in your life does that, they have their own agenda rather than your best interest at heart).
…someone who will tell you what to do or “fix” your problems. Professional coaches help their clients find answers they have internally, but have trouble getting to on their own. Your coach helps you identify habits, beliefs, people, and environmental things in your life that keep you from moving forward. They even help you come up with a plan to overcome these things–but you do the work. Personal coaches provide insight, motivation, inspiration, perspective, and encouragement, but they do not fix you. That’s your part!
…a perfect, “arrived” person. Coaches are flawed works-in-progress just like their clients (and all human beings). The difference is good coaches are professionally trained to help their clients, and they’re vested. Most of the coaches I know have a very deep desire to help others, but they also possess a healthy understanding of their gifts and their limits. A good coach will have their own coach–because they’re constantly working on improving themselves at the same time they’re helping their clients do the same.
Now we know what life and business coaching is not! Stay tuned next week, and we’ll cover why life and business coaching really works. Also, you can visit last week’s post if you’d like a refresher on what professional life and business coaching is.
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