We’ll work with you to develop a no-nonsense plan of action to get you from where you are now to where you want to be, personally or professionally.
Most people immediately think of sports when you mention coaching – football or athletics for example, and that’s a good place to start to think about what coaching is. Coaches have a vital role to play in these and other sports, otherwise individuals and teams wouldn’t invest in them. They work with the players and take them beyond what they have so far achieved on their own, advising them, giving them another point of view on their capabilities and, with the benefit of their experience, helping them find the skill and will to go higher and further than they thought possible.
In a similar way to a sports coach, a high-performance coach, on a personal or business level, works with their client to help them set relevant ‘want to’ goals (rather than ‘need to’ or ‘should do’) and find the resources and motivation to succeed and go beyond them, overcoming and removing any obstacles on the way. Coaching can be applied to any part of life – to career, relationships, health, money matters, or personal image to mention a few.
We use a range of tools and techniques, from the basic SMART and GROW assessment and goal-setting tools, to our own ACTIVE LIVING and PUSH-PULL processes.
We may, if it’s useful, use some personality profiling tools and sometimes draw on archetypes and personal journeying tools too.
What clients often find to their surprise is that the biggest obstacles come not from outside but from within, from their own mindset - their ways of thinking, their own beliefs about themselves and the world around them. The biggest positive changes we make occur when we change what goes on inside our minds at both the conscious and (often more importantly) the unconscious level. Referring back to sports coaching again, this idea is borne out at the highest levels of competition.
For example, in the 100m Olympic Sprint final, what separates the winner of the gold from the winners of silver and bronze is not physical ability as it’s sometimes only a matter of hundredths of a second between them as the cross the finish line. What really makes the difference on the day is who wanted to win more than the others and who believed they could win and so used that desire and belief to push themselves a little further and faster when it mattered most. Those things all occur first in the mind which then drives the muscle.
The difference between performance and high performance is simply this - anyone can set goals they know they can achieve; a high-performance coach will work with you to set goals that will stretch you beyond what you used to think was possible, and then have you surprise yourself by achieving even more than that.
Coaching is a partnership – a relationship and, as with all relationships, what we do together will depend on what we both want out of it. Our initial discussion will be to determine what you want: the type of coaching and the outcomes you’d like from the partnership. What I want is simply your total success, as my success as a coach depends on the continual success of my clients.
Depending on the type of coaching you want (described here), our professional relationship will last from as little as a few hours to anything up to a year or more. At the end of our contract, you are free to choose whether we part company, whether we continue as friends, as other clients have, or whether we begin a new contract for further coaching.
Coaching has the potential to affect every area of our lives if we’re willing to focus our attention on those areas. You will potentially:
- Gain a greater understanding of who you are through your personality profile – your values, purpose in life, your strengths.
- Gain increasing control of your ‘state’ – your physical, emotional and mental processes by resolving past issues, experiencing the present cleanly, and viewing the future with all its potential.
- Understand what motivates you so you can use it to set ‘want to’ goals instead of ‘need to’ or ‘should do’ goals.
- Learn your own self-coaching and relaxation techniques for personal use.
- Find your unique path to true personal excellence.
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself to find out if you’re as serious about this as you need to be:
- Are you ready to work with a coach now?
- Do you have a specific outcome or outcomes in mind?
- Are you prepared to invest the time and money to refine those outcomes and work towards them?
- Are you ready to take full personal responsibility for your success?
If your answers to those questions were all “YES!“, just take a moment to imagine what could be… and having imagined what could be, there’s no reason why you can’t make it happen now!
There are, broadly speaking, four main kinds of coaching that we offer, defined mostly by the differences in the time-span and scope of the coaching agreement.
This kind of coaching has the broadest scope and longest length of relationship, lasting up to a year in some cases. Life coaching is, as the name suggests, taking a good look at all areas of your life and applying the methods and frameworks of coaching to each area in turn, setting clearly defined goals, gauging your current position relative to each one, establishing your options for getting there and deciding on the most appropriate course of action and the best support mechanisms for you to enable you to reach each and every one of them.
This is probably the most intense form of coaching, is very highly focussed on a particular life problem and is also relatively short in duration, usually only lasting for a single session of five to six hours (more if the problem has associated serious physiological symptoms). Breakthrough sessions cross the normal boundaries of coaching though, and move into the arena of deep personal change. This is because a much broader and deeper set of tools are used, including NLP, hypnotherapy and Time-Line Therapy™. The kinds of problems dealt with in a breakthrough session are, quite simply, anything that you can see as something that might currently be holding you back from your preferred way of life, or it could be a pattern you see emerging in your life, or a ‘crisis’ you’re experiencing right now. It could also be a serious phobia, or a compulsion or addiction. As the name suggests, a breakthrough coaching session is a chance to make a truly transformational change in your life – something that will ensure that your life is different from that day on.
Targeted Outcome Coaching
With this type of coaching, the partnership focuses on one particular area of life or business for two to six sessions, and on a very specific set of goals around a single target or outcome. It is similar in essence to life coaching, but around only one area of life and in more detail in that area.
Significant Event Coaching
Again, this is quite a focussed type of coaching, but is geared towards a particular happening – for example, your first public presentation, a job interview, your driving test, or a first date with someone special. Whatever it is, this type of coaching partnership is geared towards dealing with all the issues you have around that event and setting the goals that will have you achieve your desired outcome.
In addition to all this, there are individuals at higher levels in business (and some celebrities) who like to have ‘retained’ or ‘on-call’ coaches, i.e. they pay their coach a negotiated retention fee for a fixed number of hours of contact time over the course of an agreed period (60 hours per year, for example). During that time, the client can call on the coach for any of the four kinds of coaching described above.
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