I’m often asked this question by professionals who are new to the world of coaching and think it is counselling, preparing for examinations, teaching or worse – spoon feeding for results.
It’s easy to find the definition of ‘Coaching’ on the internet. We all have our unique idea of what coaching is all about. To understand the work I do with clients to give results, here’s The Karmic Ally Coaching Experience perspective Inspired by Moving Cheese:
Coaching with the Karmic Ally Coach is a co-creative partnership that helps you to identify the key area(s) of concern at the time of the engagement and create an empowering strategy and action plan that is authentic to your true self, maintains your integrity and enables you to “Move Your Cheese” from Point A to Point B in a faster, better and smarter manner. It is in accepting your call to a new adventure that starts the process of self-discovery leading to a holistic transformation resulting in an improvement in the quality of your personal and professional life.
In fact, I wrote a whole post on how Moving Cheese can positively improve our career life balance.
Click the link below to read the post (a new window will open to the blog post). Do leave a comment!
If you prefer more formal and detailed definitions, here’s one provided by the International Coach Federation.
“Coaching is an on-going partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. Beginning with knowing the clients’ desires – coaching uses reporting, exploring, and a consistent commitment to move the client forward to where he or she desires to be in life. Coaching accelerates the clients’ progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow.”
-International Coach Federation, ICF
Coaching is all about helping people get from where they are in their life to where they want to get to. If everyone is being honest with themselves, I think we could all do with improving an area or two of our lives.
But why don’t people do anything about it?
Here’s what I see.
Everyone knows what to do in life to become more successful but they don’t do what they know. Here are 5 common barriers that I’ve observed.
This is where it is useful to have a Coach.
It is a Coach’s job to help people get what they want in life in by breaking down the barriers that people impose on themselves by holding them accountable for their results.
The best analogy that I know of is that of a Personal Fitness Trainer.
When you go to a gym they will first ask you what your goals are: Losing weight? Build muscle? Build endurance? Etc.
They will then see where you are at with regards to your goal.
So for example, if you want to lose body fat they may ask you to take a body fat composition test that will measure your current levels of body fat; you may be asked to take a fitness test, asked what your current eating habits are etc.
After establishing exactly how much you want to lose and over what period of time you want to lose it the trainer will then devise a plan of action of what you must do in order to achieve your fat reduction goals.
Along the way your personal fitness trainer will encourage and motivate you, ask you questions about your motivations and any barriers that you face and will help you. The end goal of a trainer is to help you achieve your goals a lot quicker and more effectively than if you did it yourself.
A Coach does EXACTLY the same as a Personal Trainer but with areas of your life that are causing you concern or you know you need to change the status quo and do something about your situation but need support in making those changes.
How do you feel and deal with change?
I invite you to try out my short yet insightful quiz Fearing Change or Confident to Win Challenges. (Click on the preceding blue highlighted quiz title or on the image below to open a new window with instructions to access the quiz)
Now that you know my definition, click the link below to learn more about the results we’ll create together.
Coaching is not psychotherapy or counseling. It is not in the realm of healing although there are many healers who function as coaches too. As your chosen Karmic Ally & Coach, I can work alongside other therapies as long as the client is ready for coaching & willing to take action.
I work with driven, passionate, talented and ambitious professionals who've hit a speed breaker in their business or career create their desired breakthrough reclaiming control of their situation with customized strategies and tactics that work.
Using a combination of intuition and analytical skills, I help my clients identify their real issues with exercises to still their mind and allow their inner feeling to emerge in a place of confidentiality and trust.
When my clients first come to me, they are not in a very happy place and need clarity about themselves and their chosen vocation. Their professional problems are playing havoc with other areas of their life. They know they need to take radical steps to change the status quo but they also know that they need support and accountability to get them their desired result.
I really get it, because at one point, I also experienced getting lost in my work rationalizing decisions that were detrimental to the other aspects of my life. I’ve struggled with and won battles of stress management, life balance and career decisions to emerge in a place where I can confidently say that I live my desired life according to my personal Manifesto and have created a business that provides me with a platform for my desired lifestyle and self-expression for myself. I want that for you too!
Vatsala is an amazing person. It’s really a good fortune to connect with her. Her blogs are so inspirational, full of motivation, helpful and it’s a pleasure to read. She is kind of person who is always ready to help with goal setting and provide guidance and support with her personal insights and own experience. Her interactions show a high level of honesty and integrity. Highly recommend Vatsala if anybody seeking advice on professional front. Best wishes.
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