You Know You Are Ready for Coaching?
How do understand that you are ready for coaching? How do I know I need a coach?
Sometimes we realize we are not making any movements in our personal or professional lives.
At this juncture we consider what is next?
Sometimes we go around asking our near and dear ones, our friends, our professional colleagues what do they think you need to do. Guess what! We get more confused, more frustrated and more disillusioned. Of course- 10 people that you speak to have 10 different views!
At this point considering coaching can do wonders as it opens up a lot of possibilities. If you are considering whether or not to hire a Coach, you are deciding if you are ready to embark on a grand adventure of a lifetime.
So what is coaching-
Partnering with individuals in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
In other words, it is a powerful conversation that facilitates a well-functioning individuals to know what they want to achieve through supportive and yet challenging manner help them along a path towards setting up and fulfilling their goals and dreams.
If at all you are at this juncture where you are looking to hire a coach there are a few important questions to ask yourself before making your choice:
Right Time or Not?
If you feel like you are ready to make some important changes, the time is right for you. If you are extremely busy and cannot imagine taking on another thing, then the answer is ‘probably yes.’ The first thing you and your Coach may want to explore is what to remove from your busy schedule to make your life feel simpler, more in balance and manageable.
Make sure to look honestly at your finances before entering into the coaching relationship. If you hire a Coach, you will be making an important investment into your life – equivalent in its overall impact to an advanced college degree (or possibly more). Are you able to pay the Coach’s fee for a minimum of six months without feeling like you are overextending yourself? Do you feel that you can perhaps make some ‘financial changes’ to allow for the expense for the length of time necessary? If not, you may still want to continue, and work with your Coach on improving your financial situation, immediately. A survey conducted with people who have hired a coach have stated that they have enjoyed up to 40% ROI made on coaching.
Willingness to try something new?
During your coaching, you will be invited to look at old situations in new ways. You will be offered new concepts and different ways to approach things. If you are willing to try out new possibilities and stretch your creative side, you will get a large return for your investment. If you are a person who vigorously defends your old perspectives, you will still get much value from committing yourself to a specific course of action.
Is Coaching what I am really looking for?
There are many other kinds of professional relationships, one of which might be more appropriate for you. Do you need an accountant, attorney, financial planner, or personal assistant? Your Coach will certainly support you to find the right resources at the right time. Just be aware that there may be additional expenses for that professional. For eg. Are you experiencing chronic mental suffering or dwelling extensively on past events? If so, you probably want to talk to a therapist instead of – or in additional to – a Coach. The idea is to build the kind of relationships that you really want and need.
What are the different types of coaching that individuals could explore?
There are different types of areas but not limited to, where you can hire the coach for coaching and some of them are: Performance Coaching, Skills Coaching, Career Coaching, Life Coaching, Business Coaching, Executive Coaching, Executive Presence Coaching, Organizational Development Coaching, Change and Transformation coaching.
Coaching is not for everyone, and even highly coach-able individuals have at times in their lives faced a situation when coaching may not be what they really want