Life Coaching Myths – BUSTED
Coaching is only for people with problems
Coaching is for anyone who would like to live a fuller more inspired life. It places the emphasis on your strengths and natural talents and helps you to bring more of them and more of you into your life and work.
It is great for determining focus and energy on where you would like it to be.
Coaching will solve your problems for you
A good coach will not try to “fix” you but will help to move you towards a more compelling and exciting future.
A coach will support and challenge you, they will also help you to see things from different perspectives so that you gain clarity and focus. They will help you to utilise the knowledge and the tools that you already have within you.
Coaching is only for high-flying executives
Many successful business men and women do have coaches but they are not alone in hiring a coach.
Neither is coaching only for executives who feel they have earnt the right to have a coach – it isn’t a nice work benefit.
Coaching in the workplace can help increase communication, job satisfaction, effectiveness and improve sales and productivity.
Coaching is really expensive
It needn’t be expensive; most coaches will offer a sliding scale of fees to suit most budgets. If you are really serious about having coaching then firstly find the right coach for you and have an initial consultation ( usually free) and then discuss costs. Most coaches will be open to fee negotiation.
One other thing to point out – find a really powerful coach and you may only need a few sessions.
Coaching is just like Counselling
Coaches do not diagnose or treat mental dysfunction. Coaching focuses on the present and the future. The emphasis is on taking action to move forward.
The coach and client work together as a partnership, it is not an advisory or mentoring relationship.
The International Coach Federation ( ICF) describes coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.”
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