Updated: Oct 3
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Coaching, in a nutshell, is getting you from where you are to where you want to be. It’s varying niches are utilized in areas, such as relationship, communication, leadership, health & wellness, etc., and career is no different. From those who want to gift themselves a competitive edge, to those who want to identify their personal brand so that they can put their best selves forward, a career coach may be what you need.
“A career coach may be what you need.”
Help you generate better results faster
Who doesn’t like achieving better results? Even the person who is the best wants to be better and if sustainable chances at that, through coaching, exists, why shouldn’t they take it? Same goes for you. You have worked hard your entire life, to get to where you are and you are great at what you do. Matter of fact, what you’ve been able to do, is impressive but you can do better. You know it and I do too.
Now that you can feel touch and smell better results, that lit feeling within you will be compounding when you learn that working with a coach allows you to achieve quality results at a faster pace. You’re being held accountable, there’s exploration to ensure that your action steps support your goal best, and it’s happening within a safe, isolated, collaborative space. It’s going to be hard to not attain greater pace and precision.
“The higher the commitment, the higher the weight of accountability and the greater the likelihood of success.“
The ability to isolate what you’re experiencing
Sometimes, we mistake symptoms for the cause. For instance, Tom thinks that he hates working in his current department and decides that he wants to find another job. While, it’s a legitimate reason to want to quit and work with a career coach, the coach is going to ask questions that Tom hasn’t, yet, asked himself. Doing so, in this scenario reveals that he thinks that there is very limited upward movement in his current department and is afraid of becoming stagnant.
Here, Tom was able to discover what was at the root of his desire and with this info in mind, he is, now, able to include it in his thought processes, on future job exploration, if he decides that he still wants a job change.
Who knows? Maybe, his realization has revealed that there are other ways for him to achieve growth within his current organization. Now, this new awareness further expands what he is able to explore. Something that 6 months into the future, he’ll be glad he stumbled upon.
“Even the person who is the best wants to be better“
Throughout the course of our lives, we end up being able to, mostly, see through the lenses of our combined experiences, which doesn’t always serve us best. Hence, in coaching while there is exploration in the direction of a desired outcome, limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, motivations and connections that currently exist in your story, are going to surface. The coach is going to recognize this and invite you to explore these things as they are coming up, so that you are able to wield greater awareness of yourself, to achieve greater yield, for yourself.
What you get are new perspectives about your own life and story. Additionally, along the way, a spotlight is shined upon unobserved obstacles; strengths; and untouched resources and networks to figure out how they can be introduced into your action steps, thus making you more effective.
“We end up being able to, mostly, see through the lenses of our combined experiences, which doesn’t always serve us best.”
Accountability and commitment
The coach queries your commitment to success, every session. A low commitment means that, the coach is going to want to help you identify what further support you need, to get a higher commitment to success. Additionally, the coach may suggest breaking the target into smaller bits so that progress is continuous and sustainable. All that a high commitment means is that the higher the commitment, the higher the weight of accountability and the greater the likelihood of success.
Furthermore, your accountability may be bolstered by, exploring contingency plans, and having the coach as an accountability partner, who will engage you on progress made, in between the previous session, to the current one. In my own coaching, around this time, I revisit with the client what makes achieving the target, important to them, to reaffirm their own desire to attain a specific outcome. The greater the points of accountability, the greater the chance for success, I believe.
“What you’ve been able to do, is impressive but you can do better.”
Articles like this one are created to share with us, what we are probably in need of, ways to: be better; generate greater results; get from where we are to where we want to be; leverage greater accountability and support; and broaden perspective. A career investment, to the most driven of us, that will undeniably be worth the output.