Do I actually need coaching?

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Written by Katie


I get this question a lot from people considering their next steps. Would I say you need coaching?

Short answer? Not at all, yes absolutely, it depends. 

Confused yet? Great! Now hear me out.

Not at all

Nobody needs coaching.

Your needs include breathing, water, food, sleep, chocolate, wine, okay not the last two, but you get my point.

I’m pretty sure you don’t need coaching like that.

But for the sake of this blog post we’re going to pretend need means the same thing as “could benefit from”.

Yes, absolutely

Are you at a point where you know that you want to make changes in your life but you’re not sure how to get started?

Maybe you’re not clear what you want those changes to look like.

It’s possible you have a clear vision but what you’re unsure of is what steps or process would make sense to you to implement any changes.

If you’re nodding your head yes to any or all of this and you’re ready to put in work then yes, absolutely you could benefit from (need) coaching. 

That’s our jam, it’s what we do as coaches. 

We have tools and learning and sometimes even signature models that help you with all of that.

For instance, I use my A.D.E.P.T Coaching Model with my clients:

Activate your awareness

Define your dreams

Explore your perceived obstacles

Plot a path to success

Take transformative steps

Using that model we’d move you together from where you are to where you want to be with your life. 

It depends

So that movement I just talked about? “You need coaching” is not always the simple solution.

Sometimes what you’re actually looking for is a straightforward, well-travelled linear path to follow. You’re actually seeking something that’s been done before either by an expert or someone you admire. If that’s the case, then mentoring might be a better option for you than coaching.

Sometimes, you just want to know the best way to do a thing. You want a specific problem solved. In cases like that, I’d suggest a consultant – they’ll diagnose, advise and direct you in the right direction.

Sometimes you want to become competent in a certain area. What you’re looking for there is probably more a trainer or educator to teach and tell you specifically what to do and how to do it.

And sometimes, we’re not able to move forward because honestly, there’s stuff in our past that we haven’t dealt with. In that case then maybe the best fit to resolve those past challenges that are impacting your present functioning or wellbeing would be therapy or counselling

Bottom line? 

If :

1. you’re ready to make some real changes;

2. you’re willing to own the agenda, outcomes and process;

3. a collaborative process that sparks your self-motivation and moves you to action excites you;

4. you’re looking to address all the aspects of your life believing that they’re interrelated and/or

5. you’re good with leveraging your own strength, skills, values, knowledge and experience

Based on the above, then yes, you really need (could benefit from!) life coaching.

If you’re curious, set up a free call with me and we can have a chat about whether or not coaching is actually a good fit for you.

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