Why do I now have regular coaching? Simple. I get better results faster and easier!
You might think that as a coach, I wouldn’t need a coach and to be honest, that’s what I used to think.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve achieved lots of things and coped with all sorts of situations over the years, and I put a lot of that down to what I’ve learnt from all the training I’ve done and the many books I’ve read…but…working with a coach takes things to a completely different level for me.
Coaching gives me the time, space and support to reflect and to think better than I can do on my own. It helps me change the way I look at things and develop new options. It always makes me feel better, and it keeps me focused on the things I need to do to get the results I want.
I used to rely on friends or family for support when I was struggling to think straight or I'd chat with a coaching mate. But there’s something very different about having a one-to-one coaching session that’s set up entirely for me. Where the focus is just on me and my agenda. No advice. No judgement (however random my thoughts may be). No views on what I should do or what would be best for me. A totally independent, supportive and confidential space where I can open up, show my emotions and expose my unique weirdness.
I know my coach is trained to observe my thinking. To watch, listen and sense the impact of how my thinking affects the world I live in. And their observations, insights and the alternate perspectives they encourage me to consider mean that my thinking quickly expands beyond the boundaries of what’s possible on my own.
Even though I'm trained as a coach and see this happen with my clients, I still find it surprising and amazing when I experience it for myself.
Would have been handy for me if I’d realised all of this sooner of course, but better late than never eh?