What coaching is...and what it is not.
coaching vs. therapy
Coaching works best for people who have already resolved past issues and are ready to go to the next level in their career, life or with a project. A coach is very action oriented and asks you what you are willing to do, when will you do it and how will you get it done.
A coach will hold you accountable. And, while deep, empathetic listening are central to both, coaching and therapy are quite different.
coaching vs. consulting
All coaches are consultants but not all consultants are coaches. As a coach, I will sometimes advise you but the focus is on challenging you to develop as a person and draw out your own internal wisdom. I believe the answers lie within you and will not "tell you what to do" but will offer opinions if you want.
coaching vs. your best friend, spouse or boss
Coaches are impartial and are willing to risk the relationship to tell you the truth. While a trusted friend or boss may be a good advisor or listener, oftentimes they are not totally honest with you if they feel the relationship may be jeopardized in any way.
A coach is trained to listen for what's not being said and is totally focused on you. A coach is not your boss. We don't need to be impressed. Just be honest with your coach. You will not be judged in any way and will never be made to feel wrong. Your coach is a safe person to air out ideas and get honest, supportive feedback..
coaching vs. do-it-yourself plan
Everyone can benefit from having a coach. Partnering with another person is a great way to increase the energy around you and build momentum. Many artist entrepreneurs tend to be "lone rangers" and after a while find themselves overwhelmed and losing their way.
Coaching provides you a way to get perspective and gain focus.
A coach will work with you to put each idea into action through its successful completion while keeping an eye on maintaining balance in life. Ever tried to workout by yourself at the gym? It gets boring after a while and the effort tends to go in starts and stops. Hiring a personal trainer who knows the most direct route to a better body and who will develop a plan you'll want stay with consistently is leaps and bounds more effective. A trainer can see when you are getting bored or losing steam and will change your routine to keep you moving forward. It's the same concept here. With a coach you are more motivated and accelerate the process of moving forward...
- Get clarity of purpose
- Manage your time better
- Improve relationship to money
- Develop greater confidence
- Get organized
- Set goals
- Stay on track
- Feel supported & inspired
- Get empowered
- Embrace the business owner within