Coaching is not CONSULTING: Consultants have an agenda and some possible answers that they bring to the client. They are experts in certain fields. Coaches, on the other hand, have no agenda except to help you get what you want. Coaches believe you are the expert and have the answers to any situation you are facing. An expert coach will help you find those answers.
Coaching is not THERAPY: Therapists are experts in their field who often help clients fix problems, overcome issues, and sometimes manage mental illness. They often focus on a client’s past wounds and strive to heal them so that the client can advance from a dysfunctional state to a normal, functional one. Though coaches may refer to the past for quick insight, their primary focus is to help clients to progress from a normal state to an optimal one by strategizing to attain the client’s present and future goals.
Coaching is not a BEST FRIEND: Let’s face it, friends usually have their own agendas and are quick to tell you what you SHOULD do. That is because friends “listen” to you through their own perceptions. Then, for fear of hurting your feelings, friends might tell you what is “politically correct” instead of the truth. Coaches are trained professionals who are objective and nonjudgmental as they listen acutely to your words and co-create solutions that are personalized for you.
Coaching is not a MENTOR: Mentors are role models who have “been there and done that”. They “show us the ropes” based on their personal experience. A coach encourages you to become your own model of success using a process that focuses on your experiences and strengths.
Life and Parent Coaching is not SPORTS COACHING: Although professional coaching does have its roots in sports and there are many similarities, professional coaching is not based on competition, or win or lose scenarios. Professional coaching brings out your best, helps you to think and create win – win scenarios for all involved.