Question: What is coaching?
To get an answer to this question, do 3 things:
(1) Clarify what coaching is and is not:
- It’s your coach drawing from you, not you drawing from an expert. So, it’s not mentoring.
- It’s focusing on improving the present, not focusing on healing the past. So, it’s not counseling.
- It’s you being in charge, not someone else being in charge.
- It’s you identifying your goals, not someone else identifying your goals.
- It’s you setting the agenda of your coaching sessions, not someone else setting the agenda.
- It’s a focused conversation with the purpose of you taking action, not a conversation with the purpose of you getting listened to.
As you saw in the video, my coach asked questions (instead of giving advice).
(3) Familiarize yourself with 1 or more definitions of coaching:
- Coaching is a relationship in which you receive the support, encouragement, and accountability you need to achieve the mission God has given you.
- Coaching is the ministry of strategic encouragement (Romans 12:8).
Coaching is a
which the coach provokes the client to reflect by
asking questions. But asking questions doesn't always
work, as the video demonstrates.