What is Coaching?

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International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
 
Coaching is a partnership between coach and client where you come together and you co-create goals, and strategies to reach those goals, in a forward momentum. It’s about the client being in control, being an expert at their own life and creating a plan to get to where they want to be down the road, in a really powerful way. So a breakthrough in coaching is one of those ‘aha’ moments where you get a new insight in your life, your behavior, your strategy that bursts something new open for you, so you see your life and how to move forward in a whole new way that you really haven’t seen before.

This is very empowering, and sometimes frustrating, but ultimately, come to the relationship open, honest, and vulnerable with what you really have in your heart that you want to create for yourself and the rest miraculously unfolds. Coaching is a partnership that is engaging and helps provoke thought within the clients that inspires them to move forward, so rather in their personal lives or professional realm, coaching is about “how do I move forward?”    Coaching focuses on where you are presently and where you are headed, "MOVING FORWARD - “FORWARD FACING.”  

Coaching differs from other types of Professional Services

Coaching vs. Counseling
It is important to me that you have clarity about the difference between coaching and other types of professional services such as therapy or counseling, consulting and mentoring.  Coaching focuses on where you are presently and where you are headed, with a goal of helping you gain clarity about your vision, eliminate obstacles to your success, accelerate the pace of personal growth and achieve results that empower you to live your best life – professionally and personally.  While coaching is forward-focused, counseling tends to deal more with past issues in which you may find yourself stuck and struggling.  We may occasionally discuss something that has occurred in the past, for the purpose of clarifying the present, but your coaching will not focus on resolving the past. 
 
Coaching vs. Consulting
A coach focuses on helping you walk your unique path to success.  As the client, you are responsible for the results you receive as a result of coaching.  I help you discover how to become more of who you need to be to achieve those results and identify what you may need to do differently.  A consultant takes responsibility for a specific project, acting as a specialist*, providing specific deliverables and knowledge.  I believe in your ability to fully experience your potential and will provide a safe, consistent space for you to develop your potential.
 
Coaching vs. Mentoring
As a coach, I focus on the development of people in general, and the development of your unique path in particular.  A mentor guides you towards a specific path of development.  I am more interested in helping you onto the unique and divinely-ordained path that is meant for you – which may be quite different than the path I have taken, even though the purpose of our paths may be very similar.  My job as your coach is not to tell you what to do, but rather to help you uncover the answers that lie within you.  Consider me a catalyst for your success.