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Life's Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Q: What is coaching?A: Have you ever played on an athletic team? Life and Business coaches do the same thing, which athletic coaches do, but you are being coached on your whole life, or something specific, of your choosing. Coaching is facilitation of your success and fulfillment of life purpose You have an interest in becoming more and performing at your peak ability; the coach merely acts as a mirror, which helps you to see your blind spots, and is an accountability partner. There is no moral judgment. Coaching is success conditioning. When you are being coached we use your agenda, with the coach sometimes adding intelligent insights. We view you as naturally creative, resourceful and whole. The answers are in your heart! You aren’t broken and you don’t need to be “fixed” or diagnosed! We focus on where you are now and where you want to go; and we set goals and make a plan for your success together. And then we remove the obstacles go and complete the plan! You get the results that you want, MUCH FASTER!
2. Q: Am I/ is my organization a candidate for coaching?A: Coaching may serve you if you answer yes to any one of these questions:

Is there a gap between where you are and where you want to be?
Do you want to have the best time/ activity management strategies?
Do you see a future where you/ your organization are more?
Are you an entrepreneur in your heart, but still working as an employee?
Do you know that you are a leader, artist or entrepreneur, but you are not expressing it in the world?
Do you have an outstanding business idea, which you believe may help serve mass amounts of people?
Are you not being your highest and best self?
Do you feel stuck?
Do you feel like a slave?
Does your current job or position feel unfulfilling?
Are the people around you keeping you down?
Are you confused about your life’s purpose?
Feel like it would help to have some guidance?
Feel like you want someone to tell you what to do?
Feeling kind of numb?
Stressed out?
Want to develop your strengths?
Going through a crisis?
Diverting to an alternate destination?
Want to speed up your progress in life?
3. Q: How does a flight instructor/ pilot coach people?A: We have found that life and business are exactly like flying an airplane: you have to navigate. You have to learn the rules of navigation and how to operate the aircraft. There are so many unknowns and so much uncertainty; it's like flying in the clouds and you have to learn how to read your instruments and be as resourceful as possible. Being resourceful includes using your teammates. You must get to your destination on time, even though there may be bad weather and turbulence ahead; why not make it a beautiful and fun journey and get there ahead of schedule?
As a flight instructor/pilot and coach, I know what’s happening up ahead and I know how to navigate. I transfer these skills to you!
4. Q: What is the difference between coaching and therapy?A:

Coaching

Therapy

Views both parties as naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Does not diagnose or treat. More apt to view clients from a medical model. Diagnoses and treats.
Trained to work with functioning clients. Trained to work with major mental illness.
Works with clients that are able to form an alliance and have common goals. Works with clients with entrenched problems.
Co-active® model. Therapist the “expert.”
Coach and clients on a peer basis. Hierarchical difference between therapist and clients.
Alliance designed by coach and client together. Treatment plan largely designed by therapist.
Focus on evolving and manifesting potential. Focus on healing and understanding.
Emphasis on present and future. Emphasis on past and present.
Action and being oriented. Insight oriented.
Solution oriented. Problem oriented.
Explore actions and behaviors that manifest high self-esteem. Explore genesis of behaviors that create low self-esteem.
Regard and coach negative self-beliefs as Saboteurs (temporary obstacles). Analyze and treat origins and historical roots of negative self-beliefs.
Coach and client ask: “What’s next/what now?” Therapist and client ask: “Why and from where?”
Works mainly with external issues. Works mainly with internal issues.
Discourages transference as inappropriate. Encourages transference as a therapy tool.
Accountability and “homework” between sessions held as important. Accountability less commonly expected.
Contact between sessions for accountability and “wins” expected. Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only.
Uses coaching skills. Uses therapy techniques.
   

Similarities

Similarities

Uses a “Discovery Session.” Uses a Diagnostic Interview/History.
Uses many skills similar to therapy. Uses many techniques similar to coaching skills.
Works with the client’s whole life. Works with client’s whole life.
May work with emotional material. Often works with emotional material.
5. Q: How does it work?A: You contact us. We do a  free “Discovery Session” together. You will have some immediate breakthroughs!
We then meet in person or on the phone a few times per month (on your schedule) and we check in, and work on the things that you want to become or handle. You will get assignments and challenges in between sessions to make progress.  You start kicking ass immediately! When you are complete, you stay at your peak- performing self and on track to your destination and go there. The idea is to be coached for a finite amount of time; then you go solo. And when you want to make more progress, you can do more coaching. It's up to you!




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