When you think of coaches, it’s usually in the context of sports. A coach helps his athlete to focus and persevere despite obstacles. Isn’t that what we exactly need in life? Christy Whitman, the Founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, points out the benefits of working with a life coach in your business, relationships, and other pursuits. She also talks about letting go of the past and moving forward with greater momentum and confidence.
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Quantum Success – The Powerful Benefits Of Working With A Life Coach by Christy Whitman
When most people think of what a coach is, they think in terms of someone who works with professional sports teams or elite athletes to help them become more successful. To some extent, this definition applies to life coaches as well. In sports as in life, the role of a coach is to hold firmly to the vision of the client’s desired results even when his or her circumstances do not yet show evidence of it. The coach interacts with clients from what I call the mindset of possibility. Supporting them and seeing everything, even setbacks and obstacles as necessary steps towards the achievement of his or her goals.The greatest gift of all that a coach can offer is the gift of an objective and expansive perspective. Click To Tweet
Perhaps the greatest gift of all that a coach can offer is the gift of an objective and expansive perspective. The coach interacts with clients from a mindset of possibility. A coach brings to the table a perspective that can only be seen from a neutral vantage point, which gives clients greater access to their own resources and insights. As a direct result of this powerful alliance, clients report numerous benefits including taking more action than they would on their own. Regarding themselves with greater respect, an increase of self-confidence and self-esteem, generating momentum and consistency, experiencing greater clarity and focus, feeling more balanced within themselves and less reactive to external forces, producing results in the areas of their lives that really matter, more money, improve relationships, etc.
It’s easy to get distracted in the day-to-day details of our lives and to allow a foiled plan or even a bad day to bring our forward momentum to a great halt. In times like these, having a coach is invaluable because he or she will both literally and figuratively call for a much-needed timeout. A weekly coaching session provides an opportunity to remember the big picture, to reconnect with our external goals and to become more mindful of the inner resources we have already amassed to help us realize that. In the absence of this degree of deliberate attention to the future, we are committed to moving toward. Most of us will default to feelings, beliefs and perspectives that we’ve accumulated from our past. When we allow the past rather than the future to inform our choices in the present, we manifest the same predictable results and the same predictable problems time and time again.
Lastly, it’s important to understand that a life coach is not to be confused with a friend that we seek out to vent about our problems. Coaches are professionals, not unlike physicians, attorneys or psychologists who are trained in a particular skillset that they utilize to empower their clients to create solutions to the challenges they face. Which of these skills they apply is determined by each unique client and situation. Sometimes a coach serves as a consultant and other times a cheerleader. No matter what the role they take, it’s always with the intention of helping clients to more clearly define their desires, recognize what’s holding them back and move forward with greater momentum and confidence.