When you hear the word “coach,” what immediately comes to mind? Swim coach? Football Coach? Riding Coach? Maybe you also think of Life Coach, Executive Coach or even Relationship Coach. With all of these ideas in mind, have you ever asked yourself, “What exactly IS a coach?” Before I started my training as a coach soon to be certified by the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), I must admit I was unable to clearly answer that question!
Before I DO answer that question, let me take a moment to clarify what a coach is NOT. A coach is not a therapist. A therapist considers your past to help you recognize where you are today (and why you are there). A coach considers where you are today to help you reach your goals for the future. A coach is not a consultant. A consultant considers your present situation to offer solutions to your challenges or questions.
A coach does not provide a client with answers; rather a coach empowers a client to discover the answers for herself. WOW. Talk about cool.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a coach is not, below are some excellent definitions of what a coach IS:
- A coach brings out the potential in a client by emotionally connecting the client’s inner purpose and passion to outer goals and strategies. (iPEC)
- A coach helps people set better goals and then reach those goals by providing clients the tools, support and structure to accomplish more. (Thomas Leonard)
- A coach anchors a client to their own internal strengths while facilitating the change that clients need as the prepare to face the future with strength and optimism. (Fredrick Hudson)
A coach is a partner, and the coaching relationship creates a very powerful alliance.
A coach helps a client better manage her life, allowing her to truly live her dreams.
Does this sound too good to be true? I thought so too until I became a coach and a client. That’s right! I am a coach who has a coach-and being both coach and client HAS helped me feel empowered because I HAVE discovered the answers to life’s opportunities. Say what? Opportunities! That’s right my friends, when you are coaching to a more positive place, life does not present challenges-only opportunities.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about the fitness, nutrition and wellness coaching opportunities offered by the Athletic Rider as well as the new High Conflict Relationship Coaching service offered by Leah Hinnefeld.