What does a Coach do?

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

Are you wondering what coaching is all about or maybe if it's even a valuable investment for you? I thought I'd share a bit of my personal story of being coached in a few different areas of my life but first, let's define what coaching is and what it isn't.

Coaching isn't discipleship. Discipleship is an intentional relationship designed to strengthen the spiritual life of the person being discipled. It's an opportunity to share and learn spiritual truths and develop and/or deepen spiritual practices.

Coaching isn't mentoring or apprenticing. Mentorship/apprenticeship is a relationship in which one person is teaching and modeling and one is learning how to be like their mentor. In this relationship the mentor is someone who has been successful in a certain area of life and they are now teaching someone else to be successful in that same area. For example, if I want to learn how to be a fabulous public speaker I would look for someone who is already a fabulous public speaker and ask them to mentor me so that I can learn how to do what they do.

Coaching is not counseling. Counseling is geared towards discovering barriers and finding healing and focuses mostly on past experience and current struggles.

Coaching IS all about moving forward. Coaching is 100% about YOU; what YOU want to accomplish, how YOU would like to move forward, what outcome YOU would like to see and what steps YOU are willing to take to accomplish those goals. A good coach will ask insightful questions that lead to self discovery. The best results are the ones that come from the core of who we are. They come from our deepest values, dreams, and potential. A coaches goal is to help those come to life. A coach is a guide not a teacher, a trustworthy listener but not a therapist, an encourager not a fixer.

I've experienced coaching in three separate areas of my life. I've been coached in my job, I went through grief coaching and I've also experienced life coaching. Each of my coaching experiences have been wonderful in different ways. The coach I worked with in my job helped me create goals and move forward with the plans and processes I wanted to put in place. She walked with me through difficult conversations I was going to be having and let me practice what I needed to say and how to say it. She helped me see past the difficulties to the success on the other side. She encouraged me and held me accountable as I made some major changes. The grief coaching I went through was extremely healing. We went through a book on grief and worked through a process to complete grief in certain areas of my life. My grief coach asked great questions, challenged me when she could see me avoiding certain areas that I didn't want to deal with and encouraged me as we worked through the process. Life coaching was extremely helpful as well. I was able to make a specific plan for moving forward to accomplish my goals. My life coach asked great questions and made astute observations that allowed me to move forward to accomplish the goals I set for myself. As we spoke and she asked really good questions I was reminded of the things that are important to me, the things I truly believe, as well as the barriers I was facing and the lies I believed. Finally, I could see a clear path to move forward. There is something so powerful and healing about being seen, heard and understood. The accountability and support that I received from each coach was vital to my success moving forward.

That brings us to the question... who is coaching for? Coaching is for anyone who is motivated to learn, grow and move forward. Coaching requires you to be committed to your own growth and dedicated to the process of moving forward. Coaching requires action on the part of the person being coached so you have to be ready to do the next right thing to help you reach your goals.


If you'd like more information about coaching or would like to chat with me to see if it's the right fit for you please visit my website at You can also contact me to schedule a complimentary discovery session from my website. I'm looking forward to talking with you!

Until then...

Live out your design with passion and purpose!

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