For some, making the decision to work with a coach can be a difficult decision. To help you make your decision about whether or not to commit at this time, ask yourself question such as:
- Why do I want to work with a coach?
- At the end of the coaching arrangement, what do I want to say I accomplished? Changed? Learned?
- What would I work on with my coach?
- What do I most need from a coach?
- Am I ready to commit my time and energy to the coaching relationship?
- Am I willing to provide feedback to my coach if something is not working for me?
- What questions do I have about coaching? How will I get those questions answered?
- What concerns do I have about coaching? How will I address those concerns?
- Do I want to be coached?
Tips for how to prepare for the coaching experience:
- Begin to reflect on what your ideal life looks like. How do you want to live? What do you want to accomplish? How do you want to BE?
- Be open to making new discoveries about yourself; you never know what might emerge about you during or in between coaching sessions.
- Be open to giving and receiving feedback throughout the process.
- Be willing to learn new ways of working, doing, or being. Sometimes this involves unlearning old ways.
- Be willing to examine your assumptions and change your behavior.
To get the most out of your coaching relationship:
- Make the commitment to yourself. Be an active participant and come to each session prepared with the problem you are trying to solve, your questions, your challenges, and your ideas.
- Spend the necessary time on the reflection exercises. Challenge yourself to go beyond the surface.
- Collaborate with your coach to choose actions that will move you forward in your journey. Commit to completing those exercises or actions and schedule the time on your calendar to do them.
- Be willing to experiment and stretch beyond your comfort zone; that is where your deepest learning will occur.
- Take your coaching calls from a private location where you will not be distracted, and do not multitask during the calls.
Choosing to work with a coach is a big investment. Of your finances, of your time and energy, and of you. When you make the decision to invest in coaching, you are investing in yourself and your own growth and development.
Aren't you worth it?