and welcome to my coaching column. I look forward
to getting to know the students of Almeda College
and University and helping you achieve your education
of all, congratulations! Congratulations on taking
a big step in your life towards obtaining something
meaningful to you. Give yourself some credit!
You're not just thinking about it any longer --
you're doing it!
my coaching column, I'll addressing issues that
are common to many mid-career adult students.
I would love to hear from you. What are the biggest
challenges you're facing? What does the decision
to go back to school feel like? What are you learning
will be a forum for relating your own experiences
as well as for reading about those of other students
like you. Knowing that you're not alone can be
very comforting when you're struggling to get
that paper done!
of the most common questions I hear are, "What
is coaching?" and "How is coaching different from
therapy?" Letís start with those questions.
is a relatively new field, (approximately 10 years
old), which is focused on helping individuals
identify their vision and goals, create a plan,
and then put that plan into action. Coaching often
takes place over the phone, although many coaches
also work in person or even via email.
takes people to their goals much faster than going
it alone. And people who are coached often go
much further towards a bigger vision than they
would have on their own. Simply put, coaching
accelerates personal growth in a big way.
is coaching different from therapy?
is very different from therapy. Therapy typically
deals with why an individual maintains a certain
behavior or perspective, often delving deeply
into childhood issues. Individuals who are experiencing
discomfort in some area of their life are the
usual candidates for therapy.
the other hand, coaching is more focused on tapping
into your potential and putting it into action.
Coaching usually starts with helping you get in
touch with your vision, -- the big picture of
your goal. After learning to appreciate your vision
and becoming motivated about it, you and your
coach move on to brainstorming about possible
ways to achieve that vision. Coaches often encourage
their clients to really stretch and entertain
even impractical thoughts in order to cultivate
"mind stretching" has been accomplished, the coach
works closely with you to create real-life steps
to achieve your vision. Sometimes the "step" can
include practicing a new perspective on how to
get to the goal. Ultimately, coaching is about
taking action to make your vision happen!
could benefit from coaching?
thatís a lot of theoretical talk. Letís look at
some practical examples of what coaching can address:
need to find a better balance between working
and having a life. Get a coach!
need to figure out what will make you happy
and fulfilled in your job or life. Get a coach!
need help presenting yourself to your boss or
others -- you're not claiming your personal
power. Get a coach!
stuck in a dead-end job and you dread going
to work every day. Get a coach!
know you could be more successful -- but you
donít now where to start. Get a coach!
want more money, love, time, joy, and excitement
in your life. You want less stress in your life.
Get a coach!
finally... You want to make SURE you finish
your academic program. Get a coach!!!
McAloon is a coach and president of The McAloon
Group -- a coaching and consulting group helping
individuals and organizations zoooooom towards
their goals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
and visited on the web at www.TheMcAloonGroup.com.