The International Coaching Federation (ICF), defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” At U90 Coaching, the belief is that coaching can’t be constrained to just a simple definition. Coaching provides an environment for individuals to idealize a foundational pathway. One that challenges them to discover, question, learn, grow, and be the primary architect of who they will ultimately become.
Take a moment to consider what goes through your mind when you encounter the word “coaching”. What are some thoughts and mental pictures that come to mind? It might elicit images of a stern or charismatic figure passionately providing instructions to a team in the heat of a sporting battle. You might see individuals offering words of wisdom, encouragement, and praise in their moments of greatness or consolation and empathy in some of their darkest moments.
Have you considered the idea of coaching outside of the athletic context? Coaching is as relevant off the field as it is on the field – and is a driving force behind the success of countless individuals, groups, and teams. Coaches work daily with individuals, groups, and teams to help them understand who they are, where they are currently, and where they want to be ultimately. They provide the tough challenges and questions that help drive teams toward self-awareness and equip them for their journey towards discovery and success.
Coaching is never constrained by an environment and is limitless in its ability to create positive impacts and change. Effective coaching provides the mental and physical connections for the roots of success to take hold and thrive. Whether you are awake or asleep, your mind is turning over and working through the ideas, dreams, ambitions, and changes that you want to see in yourself. When you think about it, coaching is happening all around you and is a constant in everyday life.