To get to what life coaching really is, let’s begin at the beginning. As in, what is coaching? Well, think football. Basketball. Golf. The Olympics.
Got it instantly, right? Now. Can you picture sports teams—or their star players—bringing their best to the game at hand without their coaches?
Next, widen that view to me and you. Because life has been changing lightning fast since the late 20th century. And never more so than now.
More and more we understand so much that we once had little awareness of, like the connection between stress and health. Between visualizing and achieving. We get the relationship between the ways we “do life” and what we get done.
What coaching isn’t
By the way, coaching isn’t therapy, another important resource. Coaching is present- and future-based. Coaching is about achieving goals rather than processing and healing.
The golf pro expects to get to the next level with his swing through coaching. Coaching is results-driven.
And to be crystal clear, I’m not saying that therapy doesn’t promote growth. It absolutely does! And the fact is, accomplishing what we want most is the specific, razor-sharp point of being coached.
Also, coaches know you can’t just put icing on whatever is there and call it cake. To say it another way, positive thinking isn’t a game changer. Coaching is inspirational. But it’s also so much more.