• Vipan Maini

Do I Really Need a Coach?

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

  • Serena Williams

  • Bill Clinton

  • Bill Gates

  • Oprah Winfrey

  • Leonardo Di Caprio

  • Hugh Jackman

  • Andre Agassi

Its a very compelling list - the great and the good from all walks of life, from former US presidents, to legendary sports figures to great business leaders. What have all these people have in common? Of course, they all give credit to life coaching for their successes. But they didn't stop coaching when they became successful, they continued coaching afterwards too. They all exhibit one of the key features for successful people- a desire to keep on getting better. And that's exactly what coaches do - make you get better in whatever area you wish.

"A coach just has a different perspective. Still to this day, the best have coaches because the coach can see what you can't see because you're in the forest, they're outside of it." Hugh Jackman

Still not convinced? OK, let's look at what coaching is in a bit more detail; what is coaching, the benefits from coaching and what to look for in a good coach.

What is coaching?

In essence, coaching is a form of learning. The coach helps the person being coached change his/her behaviours to make progress in that person’s life and provide extra clarity – either in their personal life or career or both. The coach will help the person being coached learn new skills to ensure that progress is permanent and that he/she will be able to carry on making improvements throughout his/her life.

It is important to understand that the role of the coach is to provide support; in other words the coach is there to help his/her client learn for themselves; typically by asking challenging and searching questions as well as from a programme of work and exercises.

Why is coaching important?

Everyone at some point has an issue going round and round in their head which they cannot solve and which affects them - either in their career, business or personal life. Issues such as:

Life Coaching

  • I seem to be stuck in a rut in my life

  • What is my life's purpose? I feel unfulfilled

  • I lack confidence

  • My self esteem is low

  • Poor motivation to achieve what I want

  • I don't know what to do next

Career Coaching

  • I want to get promoted but not sure how, what to do

  • My career is going nowhere, what should I do?

  • I feel unfulfilled in my job

  • What should I do next in my career

Business Coaching

  • How do I start/complete a business strategy

  • What should I do to improve my business

  • What are the key issues affecting my business

  • How can I do better with my business

They spend hours, days, months or even years trying to resolve those issues without success. A coach will help provide clarity and help resolve those issues.

In essence, coaching provides clarity of thinking to you and will teach you new ways of dealing with situations.