Here are the Top 5 Ways Coaching Can Help You and How
If you have worked with a coach you will most likely identify with the following ways coaching helped. If not, the following may be welcome reading.
Whether you seek deeper career fulfilment, gain clarity on your future direction, or figure out what gives life meaning and purpose for you, coaching is a fantastic resource to help you do all of the above and more. Furthermore, coaching will also help build your confidence and a healthy mindset along the way, which, given the holistic effect this has on your overall health and wellbeing, may be the most transformational and vital benefit to coaching.
Here are the top 5 ways that Coaching can help you:
Working with a Coach can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. We all have both, and the key is to discover what they are and strengthen both because when you focus on what you love and are good at, you get to know yourself deeper and self-compassion grows. In addition, by identifying and strengthening your weaknesses, you are naturally working with self-acceptance and effectively-being kinder to you.
Coaching builds self-awareness. I believe that the most important relationship we will ever have is the one we have with ourselves. When we know ourselves better, our ability to know and choose what we want becomes a lot easier. We don’t become pulled away with the tide, and we are more in touch with what we think and feel. Furthermore, we know what is important to us, making decision-making a more straightforward and enjoyable process.
Self-trust grows and deepens. Having deeper self-awareness does not mean that impostor syndrome will go away completely, but it won’t hijack you anymore. The purpose of fear is to keep you safe. Full stop. However, the brain does not know when to stop keeping you safe, and when moving toward change, it can easily slip into overdrive, bellowing all sorts of thoughts that tell you you’re not good enough, you don’t know enough, everyone else is more experienced, knowledgeable, educated than you etc. However, when you know who you are, grounded in your unique presence, you can afford self-trust. Furthermore, you grow and deepen self trust, effectively requesting impostor syndrome to take a back seat while moving on with being you, doing what you do best.
Increased clarity. I recently researched coaching and how it helps and overwhelmingly found that: The participants who experienced coaching in the past had a deep sense of clarity in who they are, what they want, and how to get there. Conversely, the participants who had no coaching experience did not know what they wanted, were confused, overwhelmed and stressed. This data blew me away but, it speaks for itself. Coaching is a powerful resource to help you awaken the power within your own mind to find and sustain clarity, effectively supporting you to move forward focused on your desired reality while grateful for where you are right now.
Finally, and most importantly, coaching can strengthen your ability to live in the most miraculous time there is: Now, this present moment. Personally and as a Coach, I don’t think there is a more critical time. The clarity, confidence, self-awareness, and trust nurtured through the coaching process helps you to grow your ability to enjoy each moment, know who you are within each, and choose right there. In the words of Victor Frankl, “In between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response, there lies our growth and our freedom”.
Fundamentally, coaching helps to build a deeper connection and healthier relationship with the self, increasing our awareness and strengthening our ability to know who we are and be present in that space. When we do so, all fear effectively falls away, enabling us to live in the present moment empowered by the agency within.
Hilary Connor is a Cognitive Wellbeing Coach who works from the foundations of positive psychology (the science of wellbeing) and coaching psychology. Working predominantly with leaders in the corporate sector to promote and sustain wellbeing at work, Hilary also holds one to one sessions helping professionals create and maintain deeper career fulfilment. Her specialist area assists clients in finding deeper meaning and purpose and has held Professional Practice for over two decades.
She recently completed a Higher Diploma in Coaching Psychology at UCC. In addition, she holds an Advanced Diploma in Coaching with Neuroscience, TCD, is qualified in Training & Facilitation. She is also an Author & Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist with qualifications in Counselling.
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