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What is Coaching Really? 

COACHING is a process of assisting an individual to move from where they are to where they want to be in life. It’s a process that may also include helping the individual to enhance their skills, knowledge and work performance.
In fact, to be truly effective and powerful, coaching has to be so much more than just this! So to help ENSURE RESULTS then a coaching model has to have these 4 distinct phases within it.

Here’s an introduction to it, we give you heaps more information during our Coaching Diploma Weekend Training

Phase 1: Understanding and Clarity
Firstly, Coaching is the process of guiding an individual to an understanding and clarity as to the structure of the reality that they have been creating to date.

It’s Easy to Make An Excuse..... 

People talk a good game and you hear them tell you about all the things they are going to do, what they are going to achieve and it all sounds great.
Have you ever noticed that all too often, when you catch up with them, they often deliver plausible reasons (a.k.a excuses) why they haven’t done that yet or aren’t on track or haven’t even started on the project. And you know people like this! You don’t have to be a Coach or a Manager to appreciate this because friends and family can make excuses too. Viewing themselves as “victims of circumstance” the problem is they’ve given away their power to change. Instead of taking personal responsibility for creating a better life, they are living life by default.

What Does Cause People to Change? 

As we continue on this journey that we call life, things change for us as individuals. The question is what causes people to change? On the surface it appears to boil down to just two things:

The first thing is that something really, really good happens in life. For example the person gets into a relationship, falls in love and consequently life changes. Or the person gets a fantastic promotion at work, they earn heaps more cash and life changes. When people have experiences like this, life becomes so good that things can’t possibly stay as they were, they move forward and progress. They change.

The alternative is that instead of good stuff happening.....the person experiences not good stuff! Life becomes stressful, uncomfortable, painful, difficult and fraught with problems. The person wants to move away from the pain they are experiencing so they change something. They are forced by the discomfort of their problem(s) to change their life in some way.