I’ve heard “I wish I knew about coaching years ago” more times than I can possibly count from new prospective coaches.
Why is this? Why, when people first find coaching (whether it be life coaching, small business coaching, or executive coaching), do they find it to be such an incredible professional calling?
Coaching really speaks to their values and experiences. Individuals who value growth, accomplishment, relationships and connections, a sense of freedom, and helping others are drawn to coaching because these values are the essence of what coaching focuses on and brings out in clients. Combine these values with life and work experiences that involve overcoming obstacles, achieving success that others thought would be too difficult, and demonstrating the ability to stretch their limits and comfort zone, it’s no wonder people – and perhaps you – are saying “I wish I knew about coaching years ago” because it’s the perfect combination of values and experiences.
And why are more people today drawn to the career of coaching than ever before?
The values of previous generations were more focused on stability and security. In recent times, society, technology, and the economy have clearly stated that “change has come” and that going forward, change may be the only constant we can rely on. Nowadays, while this changing environment certainly isn’t easy to navigate, many individuals are more prone to stand up and say “I’m up to the task,” and answer rally cries of “Yes, we can” (political beliefs aside, this obviously speaks to a very large number of people).
If you have adopted the attitude of “Yes we can” and your values and experience now want to take that attitude to the next step, then coaching is how you can do just that. Whether you want to hire a coach to help propel you to your next level, or you want to become a coach to move yourself and others to heights never before seen, coaching is something that fits you and who you are.
Would you be reading this blog if it didn’t?
Now time to ask: Are you going to answer the call?
Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
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