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How Long Will I Need A Coach?One of the first questions asked by successful people who are considering engaging a coach to reach their goals is "How long will I need a coach?" Many people are skeptical about coaching initially and ask prudent questions before getting into long-term partnerships. I was very cautious and skeptical before I engaged my professional coach and know what it feels like. With the benefit of hindsight, I provide the answers to common questions and encourage you to come on. The water is fine.
Many other questions also arise as people wisely investigate the benefits of professional
coaching. Here are common questions about coaching and the answers.
Question #1. How long will I need a coach?
Firstly, let's discuss the premise behind this question. A person is not weak or needing to "fix" an issue when she works with a coach. Coaching is not therapy and coaching does not have a "problem" that requires work until it is resolved. A coach works with mentally healthy and stable individuals to reach even higher levels of success. As long as a client wishes to continue gaining benefits from a coaching relationship, he or she can choose to continue working with a coach.
Clients never "need" a coach but successful people realize the benefits of working with a coach as long as there are goals to be reached and obstacles to be overcome. Once you experience the benefits of working with a professional coach, you are likely to choose to have at least one coach on your team to help you reach goals for the rest of your life.
Question #2. Is this a short-term commitment that leads to long-term addiction?
Coaching is not a scam that starts off as an innocent relationship and turns into an addiction. Your professional coach is at your side for as long as you need him. Your coaching commitment is voluntary with no addictive ingredients other than the accelerated successes that you achieve as your coach encourages you and supports you.
Question #3. How hard is it to get out of the coaching if you change your mind in the future
and no longer wish to be coached? Is coaching like a cell-phone contract that locks you into a seemingly eternal contract with high penalties for early withdrawal?
Most professional coaches create financial agreements with clients so that each party has a written record and understanding of the agreement. However, you can cancel your coaching agreement at any time often giving just one month's notice to the coach for his record keeping. A coach who locks clients into long-term contracts like a cell-phone company is unethical and obviously not acting in the best interest of his clients. Your professional coach should be on your side and it is not in your best interest to be held to a contract that is clearly no longer serving you.
Question #4. Will I ever become self-sufficient again after starting to work with a coach?
Again, you are not working with a coach to fix a problem, or resolve a past issue. You are
completely self-sufficient when you work with a coach. Your coach works with you to reach new levels of self-understanding and identify actions that allow you to reach new goals.
Think of a coach as the turbo blast of wind in your sails. You can sail without a the turbo blast of wind, but your boating takes on a whole new level of excitement and enjoyment when your coach shows you how to keep the winds set on FULL TURBO in your sails.
Question #5. I have heard that therapists have therapists. Do coaches have coaches?
Yes. The best coaches choose to work with coaches. Just as clients live fuller and more successful lives when working with a coach, most coaches are unwilling to pass up the benefits of working with personal coaches. If you have a good friend that always cheers you up when you visit together, why would you not want to spend as much time as possible with this friend?
Clearly coaches who want to grow choose to work with coaches specializing in areas such as business and spiritual growth. Coaches set the example, walk the talk and choose to work with coaches to help them to continue reaching higher goals and enjoying more of life.
In conclusion, these are the five questions that I hear most often from people who are considering entering into a relationship with a professional coach. I have provided honest answers to these frequently asked questions because I had the same questions before I engaged my first professional coach.
Remember this guideline to orient your understanding. Coaching is about discussing, thinking about and then taking actions to move forward towards goals. Coaches do not analyze the past or assume that there are any issues to fix.
Coaching is future focused and your coach is focused on your future. Your coach supports and helps you for as long or as short as you choose to have a supportive partner at your side.
What new goals could you achieve if you had a supportive partner at your side? Go ahead and schedule a complimentary session now, to see how a professional coach will help you move forward towards you future goals.
***Wayne Botha helps individuals and organizations improve results. Learn more at www.waynebotha.com. Wayne grew up in South Africa and now lives in Connecticut, USA.
Wayne is a speaker, author, project manager and professional coach. Wayne is a Faculty member at District 53 Toastmasters Leadership Institute and has earned the Triple Crown Award for three consecutive years from Toastmasters in District 53. Colleagues and audiences frequently tease Wayne about his funny accent.
Published December 2008.