The healing power of coaching
There is an ancient story about a Hungarian medieval town where carriages where built, which reveals the roots of the word “coaching”. And as Joseph O’Connor put it, there is a great metaphor hidden in that story: “coaching is not just a way to reach your destination, but also the best and most elegant way to travel”.
Even though today most of us haven’t heard about that Hungarian medieval town, we have heard about coaching and its transformational power. Not only is it a trend now, but it is a way of getting a more desirable life and transforming our dreams into reality.
Coaching is not only a means to an end, it is a self-discovery journey paved with self-acceptance, true listening, and kindness. Among the most important things that coaching can influence is the way we perceive ourselves and others. In a domino effect, it is planting the seed of care and forgiveness, which our society deeply needs.
In this article, Noble Manhattan Coaching Americas wants to take you through its history and development to how we can use it for the best. Because coaching was born first and foremost from our need to be better.
A brief history of coaching
The modern idea of coaching originates from sports and can be tracked back to “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey. It has relevance for coaching as it is known today, because he replaced the idea that a coach is supposed to tell the players what to do in order to have results. A coach is, in fact, making the players more aware of themselves. He helps them see the game from a different perspective and overcome inner critique. Gallwey argued that the roughest opponent of a player lays inside oneself – through limiting beliefs and low self-esteem. Coaching addresses these issues, improving overall performance of a player.
The most popular name, however, is Thomas Leonard. He designed one-to-one coaching, called “Design Your Life” and founded “College for Life Planning”. Thomas Leonard was the pioneer of coaching as a profession. Initially, he closed his college, but after Laura Withworth opened the Coach Training Institute in 1991, Leonard created Coach U in 1992 in the United States. Additionally, Leonard started International Coach Federation in 1994. He withdrew, but ICF remained. And in 1997, it merged with Personal and Professional Coaches Association to transform into the ICF as it is known today.
It all started with a sport based practiced transformed into an evergreen idea. Now it is applied to different areas, from life to business, corporate, spiritual and even multicultural. The development of so many branches can be explained by the wide variety of needs from our society and its adaptability.
Originating in the United States, coaching spread all over the world. Europe and South America are also cradles of coaching training organizations. Now, there are thousands of companies offering training. According to ICF’s latest research on the coaching industry, there are 53,000 active coaches worldwide. A total number of accredited programs is estimated at 446, with 132 in the United States.
Why we need coaching
Life coaching intends to get people to solve their problems and have a better life. Having in mind the clients’ needs and desires, a coach will assist in achieving their goals, offering support along the way. Who wouldn’t need support and care in a world of superficial communication and technological conquest?
We all need…
However, coaching is not performing as a magic wand that we can turn 3 time and get the things we want. It works in a more subtle and empowering way. And that’s what we actually need: to be able to get where we want by ourselves and to make sure that we can replicate this whenever we need.
Thus, life coaching will help you get together the missing parts so that you can give to others in return. coaching is neither selfish nor individualistic. In our individualist society, coaching is focusing on contribution. We compare it with the butterfly effect, as its results are conceivable at a larger scale. A coach helps one individual, who, in turn, inspires others. Imagine a world where parents are not transferring their unsolved problems to their children, spouses listen better to each other and business people are not sucked in by the “money-maker principle”!
Coaching addresses a wide variety of issues, such as personal life, goals, careers, relationships, health and so on, people who hired a coach reported an increase of their over-all well being. Among the most common personal benefits, we can mention:
• Motivation to achieve personal goals
• Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
• Work-life balance
• Be more productive
• Have more fulfilling relationships
• Communicate more effectively
Individual and social impact of coaching
Yes, we love coaching because it helps us get where we want. But we also love coaching because it has a wider impact than simply transform the dreams into reality.
Noble Manhattan Coaching Americas uses coaching along with the metaphor of the butterfly effect. One single individual who has results from coaching can impact those around them and contribute to a better society. Imagine how a fulfilled and happy person can act and react daily. Researchers call this an “upward spiral” because of the self-perpetuating cycle of positive emotions – “by generating a greater awareness of positive experiences and perspectives, positive emotions tend to consolidate over time, leading to more frequent positive emotions”. Even though this concept has been created for the individual level, it can also apply for the society.
As Dalai Lama mentioned once: “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”.
Some final words
Coaching is working through the promotion of positive values. Because self-acceptance and confidence backed up by compassion and kindness could only spread the same positivity. Today, we not only cry for help for our sake, our entire world cries for help. And coaching is one of the answers. Noble Manhattan is making its contribution through the healing power of coaching: by training people to commit to this kind of change and be spreading the word that coaching has indeed become a butterfly effect.
Chuck Clement / Managing Director
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