7 Reasons Why Coaching Works

Coaching accelerates progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. It concentrates on where you are today and what you are willing to do to get where you want to be tomorrow. Coaching provides a transformative space for you to experience easier and accelerated growth to move you towards your passion and goals. Here are seven reasons why it works:

  1. Pattern interruption. The structure and support within the professional coaching relationship serves to interrupt the unconscious patterns of behavior‚ creating an opportunity to stop the business as usual, consciously look at what is happening and perhaps choose differently.
  2. Conscious goal commitment. What you focus on expands. If you make a conscious commitment to move forward with a goal or intention, you’ve immediately increased your chances of realizing that goal or intention.
  3. Clarity. Coaching helps you to define what you want and how you’re going to get there. Once defined, coaching keeps you moving forward toward the realization of that goal or intention.
  4. Chunk down the big goals. An ongoing coaching relationship helps you define and take the first step towards that big goal‚ effectively moving out of inertia. You start to think in terms of, “What can I do today to help me move towards my goal?” Your coach is there to keep you on track all the way to the realization of your goal.
  5. Accountability. Making a commitment to your coach increases the consciousness that is brought to that commitment. It is no longer simply something you want to do, but something you have committed to doing. Big difference.
  6. Real-time feedback. The ongoing conversation and action plan allow for immediate feedback. New ideas or concerns can be quickly addressed and appropriate changes adopted to keep the momentum going.
  7. Inquiry. Questions and answers are at the heart of coaching. Thought and action are inspired through the process of inquiry . . . what do you want?, what stands in your way?, and, how are your going to get there?

3 Great Statistics on Coaching Effectiveness

International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation surveyed coaching clients for demographic data and feedback on the value of coaching. All had a formal, on-going relationship with a coach with an average duration of nine months. Over 80 percent of the respondents had undergraduate degrees and over a third had Master”s degrees or higher.

Value of Coaching:

  • 70% very valuable
  • 29% valuable

Main role of the Coach:

  • 85% sounding board
  • 78% motivator
  • 51% mentor
  • 47% business consultant
  • 85% time management
  • 74% career guidance
  • 74% business advice
  • 68% higher level of self-awareness
  • 62% smarter goal-setting
  • 57% lower stress
  • 53% more self-confidence

The survey was conducted by Amy Watson, Principal, PRO fusion Public Relations, with survey design assistance by Jackie Rieves Watson, PhD., Professor of Management and Statistics, Amber University.

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