What Is Coaching?

11 Sep

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Cape Hatteras lighthouseTransformational Coaching is a key to making more and better disciples in our nations. – Joseph Umidi

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19)

What role will a COACH play in guiding you to fulfill your potential, life purpose, and destiny?

Just as a lighthouse serves as a guide to aid navigation through water, i.e., moving ships from one place to another, a coach serves as a guide to aid navigation through life by helping a person move from one place to another. Looking back several centuries, a coach was a horse-drawn vehicle that took a person from where they were to where they wanted to be.

With the passage of time, a coach became a person who assisted a person or persons (aka “team”) from where they were (ordinary) to where they wanted to go (champions). Coaches are still most prominently associated with athletics, but also provide great service in the arts (e.g., singing, speaking, acting, etc.) and more recently in businesses and churches.

Coaching is a one-on-one method of helping another person grow and change. Instead of teaching a set curriculum, coaches start with where you are, help you define where you want to grow, and then help you get there.

Coaching is based on the idea that leaders take responsibility for their own growth. So instead of giving advice or telling you what to do, coaches ask questions to help you sharpen your own discernment of what God has for you.

In essence, coaches co labor with people to build or define their vision and then be transformed for the better as they pursue that vision. A coach is a partner who walks with you for a season, provides feedback, a fresh perspective, and consistent, gentle pressure to move forward.

What are the Four Keys To Team Destiny’s Philosophy?

Transformational Conversation
Our job as a coach is not to give advice but rather to explore, question, and stimilate your creativity through transformational conversation. It is not therapy. It is a guided and directed discovery of yourself and any potential barriers that are in or around you that inhibit your success. Through coaching you should also discover ways to increase your performance.

Transparent Relationship
A coach is a friend and confidant, your greatest supporter, someone who knows you well enough to recognize your greatness and then challenge you to rise to it. A transparent relationship with a coach frees you to go to places you’ve never gone before.

Support System for Change
With support, encouragement, and accountability from someone who believes in us, we can do far more than we’d ever accomplish alone. A coach helps you stay on track, overcome obstacles and convert your want-to into concrete steps that get in your date book and get done.

Consistent Leadership Development
Coaches don’t give solutions: they help you solve your own problems. Coaching is helping you learn instead of telling you what to do. By leveraging every situation to build your capacity as a leader and a person, coaching prepares you to conquer much bigger challenges in the future.