As I’ve been explaining to more people on what is coaching, I thought of ways to make it even more plain and simple so that even non-coaches get the clear picture. And since my website is named Coaching Journey, I thought it would be apt to explain it using the word ‘Coach’ in as short as possible without all the usual coaching jargons; and use it as my elevator pitch.
The word Coach originally referred to a means of transporting a person from one place to another. In the human development use of the term, it is about the inner travel; the inner movement during coaching. This movement occurs from the inside out by responding to probing questions by the coach and taking action steps.
In the inner journey of coaching, you will gain new insights as your self-discovery deepens and awareness is raised. All that result in remarkable accomplishments, and more importantly, self-transformation.
Therefore my new coaching definition in its simplest form (elevator pitch) is this:
Coaching – Transporting You Toward Your Best Self.
In essence, coaching is about change and accomplishment; and that will not happen without movement. As written in an earlier post: The 3 Levels of Change, transformative coaching can result in different levels of change. The ultimate change is a pervasive shift of seeing and therefore being. And inevitably, the doing will naturally be different as well.
“The longest distance in any race is the six inches between your two ears.” ~ Popular saying from marathoners and triathletes.
“The great inner journey comprises movements from the head to the heart, and then to the hands.” ~ HT Lee
As many people all over the world that have been in a coaching partnership at one time of another (as a coachee or a coach) would testify, the coaching journey is an immensely rewarding journey.
Where are you right now? Where do you want to go?