Have you ever wondered how a Coach can help and support you?
Here are 11 great reasons to work with a Coach:
1. A Coach is a great sounding board
A coach is someone you can bounce ideas around with. While a coach will encourage you to explore ideas and may even float a few suggestions, they will not give you advice or tell you what to do. Rather, they will ask you questions to help you dig deep to find the best option for you.
Sometimes following through is easier if you know someone is expecting you to take action. This helps with commitment and leads into the next point, motivation.
Coaching can help you to achieve the momentum you require to become and to then stay motivated.
4. Blind Spots
A coach can act like a light house – we can shine light on some of those things you aren’t able to see on your own.
5. Alternative perspectives
Your coach may see a situation or idea a little differently to the way you do. As a result, they may be able to provide an alternative perspective for you to consider. You can then decide if this new perspective is helpful for you.
6. Tools & Strategies
Your coach will have a number of tools and strategies in their toolkit they can share with you. The best bit is that these tools and strategies generally empower you to help yourself, making learning sustainable. You can draw on them whenever you need to.
7. A safe space to explore ideas
The coaching space is a non-judgemental, safe and supported space. This allows you to explore ideas and options to move forward, creating the positive change you would like to see in your life.
8. The right questions
Sometimes finding the right answers requires someone to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions, some of which may well challenge you, is a key skill coaches bring to the coaching relationship.
9. Create positive change
This is what coaching is all about – clarifying and putting plans, actions and mindset in place to allow you to create positive change.
Coaching is a key ingredient in helping you achieve overall wellbeing, be it through working with your values and strengths, or through the application of other evidence based strategies proven to increase wellbeing. Strategies in this space would obviously be tailored to individual needs.
11. Personal Development
Coaching can help increase self-awareness, increase confidence, overcome self-limiting beliefs and manage life stress, amongst other areas of personal development.
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many more great reasons to work with a coach.
If coaching is of interest to you, I would love to have a chat! We can work out if: 1. Coaching is right for you and 2. If I’m the right coach for you. My clients have achieved inspiring results. I’d love to work with you to help you achieve the positive change you want to see in your life too.
Have a wonderful day!
Laurenne Di Salvo
Leadership & Professional Development Coach | Corporate Trainer | Learning & Development Consultant
0413 776 564
Laurenne Di Salvo is an Accredited Coach (ICF), Corporate Trainer and Learning & Development Consultant. She enables individuals and groups to take the next step in their development through evidenced based coaching practices and learning programs.
You may have heard me talk about the power of language before. This is because I truly believe that understanding the meaning we attribute to the language we use, the way we define words and what our behaviour looks like as we bring our thoughts to life, has a critical impact on our self-image, our actions and our self-esteem.
Let me ask you a question, what does being ‘good’ mean to you? Take a moment and really think about this. Do you hear your voice or someone else’s voice in your answer? Is it an internally or externally imposed concept for you?
I’ve been reflecting on this question lately and I want to share with you that I’ve had a bit of an ‘aha’ moment. What I realised is that I tend to think of myself as being ‘good’ when I’m following external rules and ideas, or even self-imposed rules. Either way, ‘good’ is very much associated with rule following for me. I’m being ‘good’ because I’m following the rules, not because I necessarily think the behaviour is the right thing for me. This has a big impact on how you feel about the things you do. It certainly has for me.
Let me give you a light hearted example. I’ve been told a number of times to cut back on the amount of coffee I drink, or to at least avoid coffee first thing in the morning. Apart from the caffeine, coffee is very acidic and so isn't ideal as the first thing that hits your stomach in the morning. I actually don’t drink excessive amounts of coffee, but I know I could do better. The thing is, I love coffee. I mean, I really love coffee. I love the taste, the smell, the ritual and the habit and I’m just not willing to give it up altogether.
When I do cut back my coffee intake, my inner voice is telling me that I’m ‘being good’. I’m following the rules. I’m doing what I’ve been told to. I haven’t owned the thought that I want to lovingly care for my body. Rather, I’m reacting to a set of rules. Can you see the difference? When I’m being good, my actions are almost for someone else rather than for me and as you can imagine, this isn't as sustainable as if my thought was that I wanted to lovingly care for my body.
As a result, my inner child comes to the fore kicking, screaming and rebelling – after all, I can drink coffee if I want to! It’s just coffee! We’re not talking hard core drugs here! I know, very mature!
The ‘aha’ moment came when I asked myself who I was rebelling against and if it was relevant. So I really thought about this and about what being good means to me. As a result, I am working on changing my definition of ‘good’. I now think about good as being ‘good to myself’, rather than about following rules. Thinking about ‘good’ as following rules has been a habit in my thinking, so it takes some work to shift, but the result is that I’m more aware of my reasons for doing what I’m doing and as a result, I have kept my coffee levels down a little and I own my decisions more. As you can imagine, being good or not isn't really about coffee for me, it's about thinking through what 'good' actually means to me and how this impacts my motivations.
So whether the word that trips you up is ‘good’, or another word altogether, I would encourage you to be very aware of your language. What meaning do you attribute to the words you use and is this working for you? If not, it might be time to review your definitions. Think about how else you could define the words you use and what the impact might be on your thoughts and actions.
I’m off to have a green tea ;)
Laurenne Di Salvo
Melbourne based Life Coach & Workshop Facilitator
0413 776 564
Life | Wellness | Career Coaching | Workshop Facilitation