Life coaching – the slower option?

I think that many people think of coaching as being a slow option and this causes a bit of a problem for us coaches.

After all we live in a society where immediate gratification is the in thing right now and that really isn’t what coaching is about, even though it could be the result that you get. I’ve noticed that a lot of people want to be told what to do, they want the easy option and they might get that from some coaches but they definitely won’t get that from me.

You see coaching is about stopping to think and talk things through. About consolidating the knowledge and advice that we have gained over the years and working out what is right for YOU as an individual. You’ll look at what has worked for you in the past, what didn’t and why and in this way get to where you want to be quicker and more effectively.  It could be a slow process or you could get that flash of insight that changes your world in the first 5 minutes.  There’s no guarantee one way or the other.

Does it work if others tell you what to do? Well what have you found? How many self help books have you read and not put the learning into action? How many courses and webinars have you been on and not followed through? Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that these aren’t worth doing but the key to making them really effective is to take action on what you have learnt. Your coach comes to your aid here by helping you work out which bits of learning to act on and which bits to test or ignore. You put together your own personal action plan and then your coach helps to hold you accountable to that and supports you in taking action.

So is coaching a slow option….maybe, maybe not.


About Clare Wildman

Life coaching from Lincolnshire. Having moved from Milton Keynes I'm now based between Boston and New York, in the UK. Looking forward to welcoming clients to the new coaching room and having the option for walking as we talk or taking advantage of sunny days in the garden.