You don’t actually want to be coached ( if you are anything like me ). You just want to change something about your life. It’s hard to do all of that on your own. That is why working with a coach is a way to make these changes happen. A coach provides support, encouragement and accountability, he also ask you the questions you may not ask yourself.
It is hard to examine and explore what is going on in your professional and personal life on your own. The only perspective you have is your own. Sometimes this feels like trying to see the back of your own head without a mirror. A coaching conversation helps you to get another perspective. It’s a way to ask different questions, see through different eyes. get support, think outside the box.
You find your own answers. The coach is like a thinking partner, a mirror. The coaching conversation pushes you into new and different points of view. A coach is also an accountability partner. Did you do what you said you were going to do? He will ask you the sometimes-hard, uncomfortable questions that allow for a shift in mindset. He helps you to make a plan and stick to it or adapt it as needed.
The approach I use in coaching is based on the integral coaching model (developed by New Ventures West). It is a method that recognizes that our lives are made of many interdependent activities and world views. Addressing and changing our lives means we need to take all of these aspects into account.