What is coaching and why do you need a coach?

You no doubt will have heard that Australian women's tennis player, Ash Barty reached the pinnacle of women's tennis last week. Ash won not only her first Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, but also became number one in the world and is now embarking on winning her first Wimbledon title this week. Achieving such great success takes most players many years, so how has Ash Barty risen to achieve these successes so rapidly? In her own words, it is credit to those who surround and support her to reach her goals and her full potential.

But the question still remains, how has she managed to do this in such a short amount of time? It's very simple. She has different coaches working on three very specific areas of her game, her physical stamina and her mind - Attitude + Effort + Abilities = Success (Kazuo Inamori). Her mindset coach works on what she can control in her game rather than things that are out of her control, how to recognise and activate her strengths, how to maintain focus and control using very specific coaching techniques and how to remain calm and focussed when things may not go to plan. Sounds simple, yet most people, despite having these skills, may not know how to draw on them when needed. This is why coaching is so important for achieving success or simply to realise your dreams for a better, happier and more fulfilled life.

If this has captured your attention, read on to learn more about how coaching might help you to achieve your goals more rapidly and effectively.

Coaching is often seen as something that the coach does to the client. It’s also seen as a process. However, in addition to coaching being an act, and a process, it really is a relationship.

The coaching relationship is one where the coach and client work together, to enable the client to achieve positive change, in any area of their life.

The 7 Key Aspects of Coaching Relationships

Every coach will have their own style of coaching, using their own techniques and processes. However, all coaching will generally share these 7 key aspects.

1. Facilitating – The coach will help bring about the client’s change, but the client does the work and takes the action. The client also need to be willing to change and take action for success. The coach guides the process and facilitates the realisation of a clear roadmap for the client to take action.

2. Not wholly directive – While some coaches may take a more directive approach than others, he or she isn’t totally directive. The coach facilitates the client’s thinking, to help the client identify their own solutions and actions.

3. The client comes to know themselves – This occurs from exploring values, needs, desires, emotional or mental blockages, skills and thought processes.

4. Goal setting - All coaching relationships will involve setting goals for the client and evaluating progress towards reaching those goals.

5. Action – The coach helps the client to commit to taking action towards creating the change they seek.

6. Positive change – Coaching assists the client to achieve real, lasting change. However, the coach also benefits from the relationship by sharing in the client’s growth and development.

7. Supportive - The coach supports the client in developing their own strengths and achieving positive change, without judging or creating unhealthy dependencies.

If this sounds like what you've been searching for to enable you to break through any challenges standing in the way of you achieving success, if you are committed to making changes and taking action to achieve your goals, book a discovery coaching call today on 0419 371 876.

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