Welcome back to our #CoachConversations -series, after a brief Summer hiatus we are back to work on delivering content about the world of coaching directly from professional coaches themselves. Still many misconceptions about coaching exist that we’d like to bust.
As the founder of Coachilla, I go through a lot of material related to self development and entrepreneurship. Last week I read this article by Peter Diamandis. In it he referenced the six basic human needs we all have as described by Tony Robbins. After reading the article I understood something fundamental about coaching. It can help us improve our lives in all of these basic needs. How? Read on.
Originally published on Medium - CoachillaHQ by Chitrak Mitra
As you might expect, we at Coachilla have a lot of conversations about coaching every day. It never ceases to amaze us just how many misconceptions there are about coaching and coaches. Unfortunately many of them originate from the fact that coaching is still a new profession that is not widely understood. This leads to ideas of incompetent con men, who want to ‘bark orders at you’, ‘tell you how to live your life’ and give generic advice. In reality quality coaching is something totally different.
Thanks to these common misconceptions in the back of the mind, many people make the decision not to try coaching and forfeit serious benefits for self awareness and personal development.
At Coachilla, we want to help you find the coach that best matches your needs and personality. A good match between the client and coach is the foundation on which a good coaching relationship is built on. From that foundation of trust it’s easier for you to discover and achieve the things that you want in your life and work. That’s why we decided to collect some of the best advice we’ve found online from blogs and the ICF’s knowledge base about selecting your own coach.
In the past couple of weeks we’ve matched our first users to coaches at Coachilla. Personally I can’t wait to hear the stories about their coaching experience and results they receive. Already we’ve seen that many of these users are seeking coaching for various reasons. A few want to clarify their purpose or why, some want to reach a goal they’ve set for themselves but need help to be kept accountable to that goal, while others seek more focus and productivity.
All of these issues are pretty much the perfect reason to find a coach, be it a life coach or a career coach. However they are definitely not the only reasons to seek out the help of a coach.
We at Coachilla have talked to a lot of people about coaching in the past year. We always ask people we meet what they think coaching is, what they’d expect from a session with a life coach and what they think about coaching in general. With a few exceptions, the answers are always quite far from reality.
Thanks to a few con-men, some ‘Hollywood expectations’ and some misconceptions in the back of the mind, many people just don’t seem to know much about real coaching, or recognize its benefits.
Well, we couldn’t let that stand.
As we’re quite fond of saying at Coachilla, we’re going to be the place to start a coaching relationship and unlock your potential with a verified professional coach. We aim to help everyone find and connect with effective, proven coaches from our global network and help them discover and achieve what you want through professional coaching.
After months of hard work, we’re finally at the point where we’ve pulled back the curtain and stepped out into the light of day. In that spirit, we decided to talk about why Coachilla was born, and why the entire team is excited to get it off the ground.
Here at Coachilla we’ve often faced a situation during discussions with friends and partners, where people tell us they actually have no idea what personal coaching really is and how it can help them. Having experienced coaching myself I feel it’s our responsibility to raise awareness around its benefits and the coaching profession in general.
That’s why in this post I decided to offer some clarification on life coaching and how it can help you. I’ll first talk about what coaching is.