Transformational Coaching: A Journey of Change
What is Life Coaching?
Not everyone is familiar with coaching and even less with transformational coaching! There are after all many different types of coaches including business coaches, career coaches and life coaches to help you to become ‘the best version of you’.
Essentially, coaching aims to help someone to move from where they are now to where they want to be, either in their personal or professional life or both. Coaching looks to the future and unlike mentoring, it isn’t usually directional in its approach.
With people taking more interest in how they live their lives, it’s no surprise then that in the last ten years or so, an explosion in life and business coaching has taken place.
Engaging with a coach is now more accessible and it’s as ‘normal’ as buying your take-out coffee every morning.
What is Transformational Coaching?
Transformational Coaching is focused on bringing about change, usually within yourself, your life or both. It’s like opening a metaphorical door for you to be able to realise and optimise your potential.
A transformational coach provides the support to enable the necessary changes, but the responsibility for change rests with you.
Transformational Coaching is a style of coaching that supports a journey of self-exploration and discovery.
“Transformational coaching seeks to bring about increased awareness of a person’s model of the world in order to create new possibilities for how one sees oneself, other people and the world.” – Animas, London
What Should You Expect From Transformational Coaching?
Focus on You
Transformational Coaching is firmly focused on you.
In supporting you, your transformational coach should actively listen to you, ask you questions and provide space for you to explore and think through ideas and thoughts. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? But, actively listening to you and asking the right questions, clarifying and reflecting on what you say takes knowledge and skill to master.
Think of Transformational Coaching as a structured conversation, one that may challenge your own limiting beliefs and recurring negative behaviours or habits.
Time for Reflection
You might also find that there’s a lot of silence in your coaching session!
Don’t worry; silence is an important part of the transformational coaching process. It provides the time and space to connect with your emotions, gain perspective and emerge with a deeper understanding of what you want and how to get it.
An experienced coach may also, with your permission, use other non-directional coaching methods to explore your thoughts and feelings. It’s an opportunity for you to explore how you interpret and respond to events and how your thoughts and reactions may be holding you back.
Finding Clarity and Perspective
Ultimately transformational coaching provides an opportunity to explore your self-identity, gaining clarity, perspective and self-awareness to work toward a new paradigm. You have the opportunity to discover how to unlock your full potential.
Are You Ready To Make The Change?
One of the first questions that I ask people is ‘are you ready to make the change?’ or ‘what’s the change that you want to make?’
Engaging in Transformational Coaching is a collaborative process so before you take the leap:
- Are you motivated and ready to learn and grow?
- Are you ready to explore your own identity?
- Are you ready to explore things from a different perspective?
- Are you ready to set personal goals and commit to creating the life that you truly desire?
Finding an Effective Transformational Coach
Finding someone to work with, with whom you share a rapport, is essential. Most coaches offer a short discovery call to explore what you want and to see if you are a good fit for each other.
Over and above establishing rapport, when you work with a transformational coach you should feel like the experience is a positive and rewarding one, which helps you to move forward with the changes that you desire.
Here are a few of the qualities you should expect from a transformational coach. They should be:
- Reliable and Professional
- Honest and Open
- Intuitive and Present during coaching
- Positive and Encouraging
- Client Centred
- Collaborative, Curious and Inquisitive