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Why do we want (or not want) to use a coach?

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

There are many types of coaches out there in our world today. Why is that? What do we think when we hear someone is a life coach, a business coach, a career coach?

The word coach implies something, maybe negative, maybe neutral, or even positive in our unique minds. All of it based on our own frame of reference, what our past experiences and learning moments have created as our own truth.

Today I reflect on having a coach and how helpful it has been. To share some vulnerability, saying I work with a coach feels like perhaps I don’t know enough. And you know what? I don’t. And it is freeing to say it and write it.

We cannot know everything with one brain. We cannot see everything as one human. And when our thoughts and words are shared with someone else who has a purpose in mind of drawing us out, there is something enriching that happens. There may also be a feeling of allyship, too…something we humans tend to need.

So whether it is called coaching, or thought-partnership, or counseling, or therapy (all with varying credentials, of course)…it is all so good for the human mind to say something from within, and have someone else hear it and pose the right questions to take it a bit further.

To answer my first question…invention is the product of necessity (or something like that). Coaches are prevalent these days, because there is a realization that having someone listen well and draw us out helps us to be more productive, more thoughtful, see things we may have missed, affirm what we were thinking, take us in a different direction, expand upon something, release a block, etcetera, etcetera.

Extreme gratitude for my personal and professional coaches, past and current!

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