Why a Life Coach?
Bill Wright, MyCoachBill.com
We all dream, some small dreams and others wild and large. But we all dream. Why is it that some of us achieve all our dreams, often with seeming ease while others never seem to be able to fulfill those dreams, even though they appear to want them very badly? Sometimes all we need is a little help focusing and determining what steps we need to take, and when, in order to achieve the life we want.
A coach will partner with you in first clarifying your vision and guide you in the development of steps to get there, and then inspiring you to achieve your next level of personal excellence. Through coaching you can discover the life you know is your deepest passion; a life of development and accomplishment, both personally and professionally. “A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential,” says the late Thomas Leonard, a key developer in the coaching profession. Susan Whitcomb, a life coach describes it this way: “It’s a partnership that helps the client be brilliant and magnificent and see possibilities and break through places of being stuck that they never dreamed possible.”, when interviewed by Forbes. Coaching has been around for at least a decade, but it’s in demand now more than ever. That’s likely a sign of the times. With globalization and so much technology at our fingertips, the workforce is rarely off the clock. There is increased competition, and the push to do more with fewer resources is greater than ever. (http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/09/jobs-professional-work-lead-careers-cx_tw_1109coach.html)
Some might wonder why employees pay someone to help figure that out. Chris Wahl, executive director of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program response: “Even though it looks like a no-brainer, it’s very difficult for people to change their behavior. That’s part of where we come in. It’s hard to convey how much this work has to do with helping clients see their world in a new way. It’s challenging them on who they really are.” (http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/09/ jobs-professional-work-lead-careers-cx_tw_1109coach.html)
One of the more common problems being brought forth to life coaches is the continual struggle many people are having maintaining balance in their life. Dr. Stephen Covey, one of the world’s leading lifestyle and management gurus, recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, had this to say on his blog (http://www.stephencovey.com/blog/?p=12) “One of the main implications of being out of balance, however you define it, is that you neglect other areas of your life; family, health, etc. are often some of the first. When you become so addicted to only dealing with your urgent tasks you don’t think there is time for the non-urgent. You think that there will be time to deal with them later. But often, when you ask people what they feel is most important in their life, things they really want to accomplish, they are things that take time and long-term investment. By the time these things become urgent, it’s often too late to affect them.” A life coach can help you to sort out, balance and prioritize those things you hold of value; to help you find your personal passion.
My training with Erickson College provided me with the tools to implement solution focused coaching. What is your dream? Do you need a little help in releasing this dream? As a life and career coach I would be thrilled to facilitate your achievement of your goals in creating the future of your choice.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says everyone needs a coach. Watch this interview.