Coaching works well when clients focus on what they really want and have clear, specific goals based on what they truly can achieve. A potential coachee needs to be willing to accept that they will change and develop and they will have to increase their readiness to ‘step up’.
Clients who benefit the most from coaching, always arrive prepared for each coaching session and make their best effort to complete any tasks or assignments they have agreed to take on.
Carry on reading to find out more about how to make coaching work for you and the coaching process.
How will Coaching Work?
- Coaching will help you reach your full potential by helping you take regular, positive action in a direction that is right for you.
- Coaching will help you achieve realistic results that can be seen, experienced, and measured, no matter how big or how small.
- Coaching will help you move forward faster and more effectively.
- Coaching will help you focus on you and your aims and how you can achieve them.
Making Coaching Work For You
How can you make coaching work for you? How can you get the most out of your coaching sessions? Here are some tips.
1. Focus on what you really want
Coaching works well when you have clear, specific goals based on what you truly can and want to achieve.
Firstly, and most importantly, you need to think about what you want your work situation and your life to look like.
Secondly, you need to identify the gaps between the way things are currently and how you want them to be. Many people find this step difficult, but the coaching process can help you work through any challenges you may face.
2. Be willing to accept that you will change and develop
Working with a professional coach will certainly change and develop you. Do not take on coaching unless you are willing and prepared for this. Most individuals take on a coach to work on specific goals and direct their time and energy towards this. However, the coaching relationship also allows you to discover more about yourself. The development of self-awareness is a natural consequence of the coaching process. You do not need to concentrate on it, but just know that it is likely to occur. Personal and professional change and growth and a more inwards way of thinking are known results of cognitive behavioural coaching.
3. Increase your readiness to ‘Step Up’
Part of my responsibility as a coach is to encourage you to take action. This encouragement is not meant to be over-demanding or exhausting or intended to push you beyond your limitations, but it is aimed at simply asking more of you than perhaps you have asked of yourself recently.
It is important that you be willing to experiment with different approaches and try new beliefs. I will encourage you to be honest with yourself, raise your personal standards and set higher goals. However, you are the best judge of what suits you. Nevertheless, the more you are open to change, willing to take action, grow and develop – the more greatly you will benefit from coaching.
4. Arrive prepared to each coaching session
Here I will again emphasise the collaborative nature of the coaching process. To benefit from each coaching session, it is important that you prepare an agenda outline for each session. For this, the “Coaching Preparation Form” I will give you should help you. Preparing your agenda is not meant to be time-consuming or daunting, but experience shows that if you invest 10-15 minutes preparing something, it has a significant impact on the coaching session. If we talk by phone or over the internet for our session, you could e-mail or message me an agenda beforehand.
5. Complete your ‘homework’
At the end of each session, we will discuss the next steps and you will decide on the actions or goals you want to focus upon. I expect you to keep the commitments you make and will work with you to make sure that you are setting worthwhile, realistic and achievable goals. If you know that you have other time-consuming commitments coming up, your ‘homework’ can be co-ordinated with your schedule. If you have more time, you might decide to tackle a bigger task. Regardless, you are responsible for your choices and actions.
I will encourage you to move forward, to do your best but will question and hold you accountable for the goals you chose to set that have not been met. Sounds a bit harsh? It’s part of the support I give to your commitment and the sustained effort you have agreed to have when you started the coaching process. You cannot change unless you take action, even the smallest amount. If together we decide the goals being set are not realistic and manageable, we will adjust the coaching plan accordingly.
These are the basic principles of how to make coaching work for you.