Ever since I engaged in education to be certified for “Life coaching” – I will be honest, I have struggled with the term “coach”. There is a stage and or positions in our life when coaching makes total sense. But once we have reached certain milestones personally and professionally, “coaching” seems unnecessary for ourselves, right? We’re the Adult, Expert, Executive, Well-Educated, Experienced. We cannot show a weakness that could be related to developing powers, securing knowledge, receiving instruction on “life”. The stigma of the word seems to be in contradiction to what the actual purpose and objective is meant to be. Whether it is labelled life or executive (and they are not truly one in the same) the word “coach”, I am somewhat guessing, either turns many people off or signifies indulgence. Anything in between, “It is not for me, others that’s fine, not me.”
So how do you feel about the following…
Identify processes to transport you from where you are to where you want to be
Improve personal effectiveness, relationships
Advance towards, achieve goals
Focus on specific tasks and objectives
Receive positive support
Change and stress management
Align values with decision making
Would you, your life, your job benefit from rallying behind these outcomes? Consider engagement with a trusted partner whose only agenda is your potential to accomplish these and more day in and day out. A “life coach” respects and recognizes you as the expert of your life and job. They listen without judgement. They offer accountability to creating the life you desire. They promote independent thought. They encourage multiple perspectives to make informed choices. And in the business world, if the “coach” also has insight, understanding, of your job and the challenges you are facing – a positive alternative to venting, with your associate, friend, loved one who wants you to stay within healthy boundaries?
It could be argued that now more than ever, we would like to be our truest, best version. We do not need to follow, but lead. We would like to tap our creativity, not do what has always been. We don’t need to accumulate likes but have acceptance of self. We would like to stop fearing and start believing. We are seeking inspiration, differentiation and fulfillment.
Just for fun – respectfully, if it wasn’t called “coach” what would you call this role? A partner that is cheerleader, supporter, identifier… Who listens, empowers, advances… Please comment – I am looking for the ultimate “title”. And your willingness to try adding it as part of your life for a test period. If I could fill this position for you, it would be a privilege to discover the possibilities within you and reimagine what might change together. But if not me, be open to the right person at the right time. This career is growing, engagement increasing! Lead confidently the movement. You are worthy of the indulgence.