People who are considering coaching often have some concerns or worries heading into the experience. It’s quite common, and very normal. There are many reasons why you might feel some nerves as you think about reaching out to a coach, so this week I’m covering seven reasons why you might be nervous about coaching in a 7-day series of blog posts. Today I’m focusing on Reason #1: You’re afraid that coaching will change you.
Here are the posts so far:
Reason #1: You’re afraid that coaching will change you.
Coaching just might be best understood when you think about where all coaching comes from: sports. The role that a coach plays is to help the player to become better at their sport, plus s/he guides the athlete to find ways of improving strength, speed, competency, courage, and to become more competitive. The right coach can take an athlete from “talented” to superstar.
An executive coach helps a client in much the same way, guiding the client to become a more adept, exceptional leader, finding ways of improving emotional strength, courage, and helping the client to create the life and career s/he wants. The right coach can help you to manage fear, expand boundaries, develop new skills, and achieve the life you truly want.
In short, coaching will change you. And that can be a frightening prospect when you’re deeply enmeshed in your comfort zone.
Your Comfort Zone Just Might Be Killing You
Your comfort zone is a lot like quicksand. Quicksand is loose, wets and that yields easily to pressure and ultimately sucks you down, making it virtually impossible for you to escape, unless you have access to a rope or Lassie.