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COACHING

by sarah d'AURIZIO

WHAT IS COACHING?

Coaching is a growth-promoting process that enables people to achieve sustainable change through reflection, envisioning, goal-setting, and the cultivation of autonomous motivation.

 

Clear as mud? The majority of people are much more familiar with the jobs of specialized experts like doctors, nutritionists, and therapists, so I find that coaching is best understood by explaining what it is NOT.

PERSONAL COACHING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

I'm a Personal Coach, with a specialized focus on self-development for young adults. This means that I work holistically with individuals usually in their late teens to early thirties, and our conversations center around helping them achieve the aspirations that are closest to them at this point in their lives. 

My overarching goal is to empower young adults to create sustainable and effective change so that they can thrive.

A BETTER WAY FOR THE NEXT 

GENERATION OF LEADERS

A BRIEF HISTORY

The modern field of coaching got kick-started in the early 1980's, when Timothy Gallwey published a book called The Inner Game of Work. He had originally been trying to understand why humans get in their own way of learning and achievement, and had been conducting his research on tennis players. But he soon realized that the implications extended much farther.

ON REGULATION

Coaching is an unregulated industry. That's part of what has allowed it to flourish as an incredibly diverse field, with coaches able to tailor their services to a narrow subset of specific client needs. However, the downside is that pretty much anybody can call themselves a Coach, which has contributed to confusion and skepticism about the job. Fortunately, a few organizations with long histories in the field are dedicated to setting the standards for and recognizing achievements in professional coaching. 

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How and why coaching works

IS YOUR COACHING FOR ME?

The focus of my coaching is on empowering young adults, the emerging generation of leaders, to create sustainable and effective change in their lives so that they can thrive.

 

You might consider working with me if you want to make a change in your life, achieve a demanding goal, improve your well-being, explore 

 

This could look struggling to achieve a goal, feeling lost,

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

My coaching is for the young adults out there who feel they're "just surviving".  want to be operating at a level 10 in life satisfaction, no matter where they are on their journeys. "Level 10" simply means feeling the following:

 

My focus is on empowering young adults, the emerging generation of leaders, to create sustainable and effective change in their lives so that they can thrive.

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WHAT IS COACHING?

 

— Sir John Whitmore,

     Pioneer in Executive Coaching

"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them learn rather than teaching them."

It's not therapy, it's not counselling, it's not consulting, and it's not talking to a friend. Coaching is an action-oriented process focused on helping people achieve in the present and future. When you choose to work with a coach, you engage in a collaborative partnership with a person who is professionally trained in helping you unlock your potential.

It's also not magic, though the results can sometimes feel like it. A coach is not a magician, but they are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and scientific understanding of how human beings can improve their lives and achieve their goals.

You're probably more familiar with what coaching isn't, so to better explain what it is I've created a list of associations you may have that are sort of wrong, mostly wrong, or dead wrong.

The coaching field today is highly diverse, dynamic, and contextual, which means that there's actually no single definition that perfectly captures every Coach's job. But broadly speaking, coaching is a growth-promoting process that enables people to make sustainable change through reflection, envisioning, goal-setting, and the cultivation of autonomous motivation. Experts in the field have also described it like this:

      Limited to sports

      Mentoring

      Training

      Advising, instructing, or directing a

      client on what to do

      Judging, assessing, or evaluating a 

      client’s choices

      Educating or informing (unless the client

      has explicitly asked for a coach’s

      expertise)

      Diagnosing and prescribing the “right”

      solution to a clients’ problem

      Easy or passive

      Therapy, counselling, consulting, or

     talking to a friend

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Coaching is a fluid and highly diversified field!

Coaching helps clients progress by focusing on the client’s experiences, not the experiences of the Coach.

 

Coaching does not strive to provide systematic practice; it seeks to create states of flow in which both Coach and client grow.

Coaching encourages the client to choose what issues to focus on, what goals to set, and what actions to take.

Coaching approaches people with empathy, non-judgment, and a win-learn view of the change process. Coaching seeks to understand what is and imagine what could be.

Coaching respects the client’s expertise of and vision for themselves.

Coaching is a highly creative process that facilitates the generation of many viable ideas to help a client achieve their goals.

Coaching is an active process that requires the client to come with an open and curious mind, prepared to do the inner work facilitated by a collaborative partnership with the Coach.

Coaches are NOT licensed by a medical or psychological board. The scope of coaching is limited to helping clients achieve their goals, ultimately moving them from feelings of “just okay” to feelings of “thriving”. Coaches are focused on enhancing mental wellbeing, and are NOT equipped to service mental health needs. (Take a look at the FAQ section for a clearer explanation of the distinctions)

A BRIEF HISTORY

The modern field of coaching got kick-started in the early 1980's, when this guy published a book called The Inner Game of Work. He had originally been trying to understand why humans get in their own way of learning and achievement, and had been conducting his research on tennis players. But he soon realized that the implications extended much farther.

CONTINUE READING

ON REGULATION

Coaching is an unregulated industry. That's part of what has allowed it to flourish as an incredibly diverse field, with coaches able to tailor their services to a narrow subset of specific client needs. However, the downside is that pretty much anybody can call themselves a Coach, which has contributed to confusion and skepticism of the job. Fortunately, a few organizations with long histories in the field are dedicated to setting the standards for and recognizing achievements in professional coaching. 

CONTINUE READING
 

PERSONAL COACHING

— Sir John Whitmore, Pioneer in Executive Coaching

"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them learn rather than teaching them."

There are a ton of different coaching specializations out there, and any one or two or three of them could be right for you, depending on what’s going on in your personal and professional life right now. 

I classify myself as a Personal Coach, with a focus on self-development. That means I mostly work with individuals at a holistic level, and our conversations are centered around whatever aspirations are closest to them at this point in their lives. 

My main goal is to empower young adults to create sustainable and effective change so that they can thrive. Basically, I seek to help people help themselves by turning inwards first. 

So when clients are struggling with a specific area or goal in their life, we take the time to step back. By reflecting upon and questioning the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that may be contributing to our struggle, we gain invaluable insight into ourselves that has implications far beyond our current situation. And these implications – our self-development, – are the building blocks for effectively and sustainably navigating the original area of struggle.

The goal is not to jump directly into problem-solving mode, but to instead cultivate an inner foundation of awareness, understanding, and care that supports not only the issue at hand but the client as a whole. So people aren’t just emerging from our coaching relationship having successfully addressed one specific problem area; by focusing on self-growth, clients learn they are capable of thriving, no matter what challenges come their way.

I like to think of my coaching practice as a process of self-development that supports holistic change, because I believe that people are capable of and will be  living with confidence and fulfillment. We just aren’t given the knowledge, tools, or space to understand ourselves the way that we’re given all other sorts of resources to help us be “successful”, productive, and hard-working members of society.

Which means that I’m doing my job well when clients no longer seek my support. It’s my job to coach myself out a job, because you are completely, wholly capable all on your own. The path to effective and sustainable outer change begins with the foundation inside you.

the

VISION

Everyone is centered

the

MISSION

Empowering people to thrive

the

PROCESS

How and why coaching works