I’m sure most, if not all, of us are familiar with the sport basketball. Some of us may not really know how the game operates but one thing is certain, the two teams each have their own coach We know how hard basketball players train and persevere until they are the ones who are the best on their field, so why do these successful players still need a coach?
Let me tell you why.
Even if the players know everything about basketball or even if they have the abilities to be called the best, they cannot see everything from a bird’s eye view. Their knowledge and abilities will be wasted if not used properly. A coach will help them utilise their knowledge to their and their team’s advantage.
Now that we know how important the role of the coach is in terms of basketball, let’s talk about how a coach can help you in your life. What are the personal benefits of coaching?
Individuals who are coached develop a greater awareness of their situation and what they need.
People who are coached see things in a different light, just by having the opportunity to speak with someone who listens to them and who cares about what happens in their life. Hence, one of the biggest benefits that clients report from coaching is that there’s someone who is objective, listening to their story and not judging them! The coach acts as a sounding-board to help them come to terms with what’s happening in their life, as well as the part they have played in co-creating their situation.
Clients learn how to resolve problems for themselves as part of their personal development.
They gain feedback on what they are doing right and reinforcement for the positive aspects of their life, as a way of moving forward. One of their problems may be having difficulty with interpersonal relationships so the coach works with them to help them improve their communication with others and develop better relationships. It may be that clients need to become more assertive in relation to their needs, and the coach shows them how to do this in a way that will bring about positive effects rather than negative consequences. It may be that the client is experiencing conflict with another person, and the coach works with them to develop better strategies which they can use to resolve situations more amicably. It may be that the client is experiencing great stress, and the coach helps them to alter the situation in which they find themselves or change their reaction to the stressor, so they can get on with their life.
A client learns how to set meaningful goals and achieve them
Coaches help their clients dig deep within their hearts to know what goals really matter to them. When these goals are crystal clear, they can identify specific behaviours or steps for meeting them like acquiring or honing abilities and knowledge. They help clarify milestones but hold the client accountable for them so they will know that whatever the results are, it all depends on them…not their coach. The coach is there to support them but not to do the work for them.
Michael Jordan said it best:
“A coach is someone who sees beyond your limits and guides you to your greatness!”
If you are struggling now to find meaning and purpose in life, why not give coaching a go! You’ll never know what will happen if you don’t try.
If you want to incorporate coaching into your organisation or become a professional coach yourself, contact the Australian Institute of Professional Coaches on 1 300 309 306 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to speaking with you soon.