Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Acronyms of Coaching

In coaching there are a myriad of acronyms used by coaches to help them think about and work through their relationship with the client.  For example, a coach and client may work through a series of exercises that will empower a client to recognize and articulate a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  This is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-specific.  Identifying the goal, however, is only the first step on the path to goal attainment.  It stands to reason that if you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.  Once a goal is identified then one is empowered to focus and to move in a direction that will lead to one’s purpose and enable one to realize his or her dreams.

Along the journey the coach fills a role that is best defined by the Greek word paracletos, which is someone who walks along beside another as a support partner, an encourager, and an accountability partner.  In life coaching the acronym for this relationship is S. E. A. (Support, Encourage, Accountability).  A coach is always client focused and the sole role of the coach is to help the client to identify their own preferred future and then to support the client, encourage the client and hold the client accountable to their own stated goal. 

Have you identified your SMART goal, or is there a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that there is something more that you should be doing, that there is a grander narrative for your life than you are currently living?  If so, it sounds like you need a life coach. 

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