Coaching Is

Coaching by Dana Morgan BarnesCoaching is a marathon. In the running world a marathon is 26.2 miles long, while a sprint can be as short as 50 yards. A sprinter can run his event, shower, change, and be home, long before a marathon runner hits the half-way mark. While growth and progress can be seen rapidly in coaching, there is usually much to do and it requires long-term thinking and commitment.

Coaching is process driven. Normally we as coaches follow a process, which we usually have put together, based on a client’s specific needs. Much of the initial process we start with pertains to time management, effective activities, and the highest and best use of a client’s time.

Coaches assist in identifying challenges. A good coach will stand with their client and help them identify the challenges, then partners with them to turn these challenges into victories.

Coaching focuses on action and outcomes. Goals are created, strategies are discussed, action plans are built, and the outcomes are monitored. The action plans require execution on the client’s part and the results are monitored by the coach. The execution of plans is a critical component and many times where a breakdown occurs.

Coaches should have a co-creative equal partnership with their clients. When we are engaged by a client we figuratively become part of their organization. The reason we became coaches is because we wanted to see others succeed and prosper, therefore we have a vested interest in the success and growth of my clients.

Coaches hold you accountable. This is sometimes the biggest benefit clients see in hiring a coach. It’s amazing how much we can and will do when we know someone is going to check-up on us. Can you imagine the results you would have seen all these years if you had someone holding you accountable for all those New Year’s Resolutions you made?

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