Over in Hollywood, life coaches are becoming the de facto replacement for therapists. Take, for example, Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3, The Village). Howard says her life coach is the person who has helped her navigate the demands of show business, helps her to find time for her own writing and creative outlets, and gives her the tools and strength to maintain a degree of privacy during press interviews without losing her cool. Business coaches can be found in nearly every office building of the Fortune 500 companies as well. It seems that the rich, famous, and extremely successful folks of this world don’t do it alone. They need the support of a life or business coach.
But professional and personal coaching isn’t just for the rich and famous. People throughout New Zealand, Australia, and North America are realizing the benefits of a coach to help them improve their lives and move in a direction they’ve had trouble venturing toward on their own. Here’s why:
A fresh perspective
Most writers look toward someone else to edit and critique their work. That’s because a piece of work could always use a fresh perspective. Sometimes we’re too invested, and intwined, with the work we do that it’s difficult to take a step back and see the big picture.
Like writing, your life is a piece of work. And all too often it’s difficult for us to take that important step back to see the big picture. We don’t realize the misspellings; we don’t understand why somebody else might not understand a paragraph we wrote. That’s why business and life coaching can be so effective. A coach can provide fresh perspectives on personal challenges, which in turn can provide you with enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. In fact, people who turn toward a business or personal coach are far more likely to experience a greater satisfaction in life and work, and an increased likelihood of achieving their goals.
Life is Mt. Everest. Who’s your sherpa?
Excuse the metaphor here, but life isn’t just a mountain climbing expedition. It’s like climbing Mt. Everest. It’s dangerous. It’s exhilarating. It’s overwhelming, yet possible. Not everyone succeeds, but given the right training, tools, and support, everyone can. One thing that Mt. Everest climbers have in common is that they don’t do it alone. Not only do they typically have a crew that they climb with, but they also seek the expertise of a sherpa.
Sherpas are a group of people in eastern Nepal who have become synonymous with mountaineering. They’re experts in their terrain; their bodies and lungs are built and adjusted to the elevation; their experience of the “mountain” makes them invaluable team members to any foreigner looking to tackle life’s biggest hurdle.
Just like Sir Edmund Hillary needed his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to be the first man to climb Mt. Everest, so too do most people need support to scale their own personal mountain. It’s not a sign of failure to look toward others for support, advice and guidance. Instead, it demonstrates your own personal strength and wisdom to realize and accept that you don’t have all the answers.
What type of coach is right for me?
These days, you can find a personal or business coach in New Zealand, Australia, or North America for just about any scenario:
- Organizational coach
- Business coach
- Life coach
- Executive coach
- Career coach
- Sport coach
You’ll have no problem finding the right “title” to fit your needs, but most of these specialized coaches share commonalities, including a proven track record for success, a long list of testimonials, great listening skills, an easy-to-talk-to demeanor, and the ability to convey information interestingly and in a manner that works for you.
Before you commit to one particular coach, be sure to interview several. Not all relationships are a perfect match, and a reputable coach will be the first to admit that. Coaches, like Edmond Otis, understand that beyond expertise and skills, a good working relationship boils down to a personal connection. But once you find that personal connection with a coach, there is no telling where it’ll lead you.