How much success could a professional athlete expect to realize without the benefit of a coach to support them?
In sports and in life, the role of a coach is to hold firmly to the vision of a desired result, even when the client’s current circumstances do not yet show evidence of it. A coach interacts with his or her clients from a mindset of possibility, supporting them in seeing everything – even seeming setbacks and obstacles – as necessary steps toward the achievement of their goals. But perhaps the greatest gift of all that a coach can offer is the gift of an objective and expanded perspective.
It’s easy to get distracted in the day to day details of our lives, and to allow a foiled plan or even a bad day to bring our forward momentum to a halt. In times like these, having a coach is essential, because he or she will – both literally and figuratively – call for a much-needed time out. A weekly coaching session provides an opportunity to remember the big picture; to reconnect with our external goals, and to become more mindful of the inner resources we have already amassed to help us realize them. In the absence of this kind of deliberate attention to the future we want to move toward, most of us will default to feelings, beliefs and perspectives we’ve accumulated from our past. And when we allow the past, rather than the future, to inform our choices in the present, we manifest the same predictable results – and the same predictable problems – time and time again.
The gap between our current reality and the reality we desire always comes back to what we believe is and is not possible. A belief is just a thought that we’ve allowed ourselves to think over and over again. Eventually it becomes imprinted in the subconscious mind like a groove in a well-traveled road. Many of us hold very limiting and dis-empowering beliefs about ourselves – not because they are true, but because this way of thinking is simply what we’ve become accustomed to. A good coach is one who can guide us to temporarily suspend outworn perspectives and self-sabotaging beliefs long enough to catch a glimpse of a new reality.
Working with a coach gives you access to a technology for identifying the future you desire, and then consciously allowing that future to guide and inform the choices you make, the thoughts you think – and most importantly, the way you feel – in the present. As you start cultivating beliefs and taking actions that are consistent with the future you want to live into, you will literally become lit up by possibilities that were always there, but blocked from your previous field of vision.
One of the benefits of the rapidly growing popularity of coaching is that there are now dozens of philosophies and methodologies to choose from. There are coaches who specialize in supporting clients in big-picture discoveries – such as identifying their vision and clarifying values – and there are those who specialize in very specific niche markets, such as self-care, fitness, financial organization, and improving relationships. I encourage everyone who is interested in benefiting from this kind of support to choose the style that offers the closest fit to their unique desires and goals.
Over the past seventeen years of working as a certified Law of Attraction coach (and founding an international coaching company that trains and certifies coaches), I have acquired my own philosophy that underpins every book I write and every program I teach. What makes the Quantum Success Coaching Academy distinctive is our firm belief that our clients already have all the answers they need within them; that there is a natural process of evolution that at work in all of our lives, and when we learn to listen to and cooperate with it, the outcomes we desire unfold naturally and effortlessly. In our view, the primary role of a coach is not to offer guidance or give advice, but to teach our clients to recognize and decipher their own internal guidance system, so they have the ability to approach every situation and area of their lives more intentionally.
The first powerful step to transforming any current circumstance is cultivating the willingness to see that circumstance and ourselves from a broader vantage point. A shift in perspective is all that is required to realize that we have a greater ability to choose than we previously imagined. The coaching industry – now thriving in countries all over the world – exists to people of all ages and walks of life from the ruts in perception that are holding them back. As we challenge outdated patterns of limitation and self-judgment, we open up space in our physical, mental and emotional bodies for an entirely new reality to emerge.
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About the Author:
Christy Whitman is a Transformational Leader, Celebrity Coach and the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. Christy is the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Learning Academy & Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 200,000 people a month and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Montreal with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim. Meet her at www.ChristyWhitman.com, www.TheArtofHavingItAll.com, www.QSLA.com