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The Traditional Answer to “What is coaching?” (next up, the right brain answer)

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This is the left brain answer for “What is coaching and how can it help you?” This answer is ideal when you wish to explain coaching to your left-brain spouse or manager, and when your own left brain is doubting if you know what you’re doing because it’s the one that’s “been giving you the same old answers forever and why on earth would you want to access that genius in the right brain? Something might change!”

And the truth is, the left brain is the one that’s going to support the new ideas and choices.. so it’s a good thing to give it an understanding it can appreciate.  Having said all that, this is an excellent explanation of coaching.  (credit for part of it to the coaches console – a support site for my business and my clients)

Coaching is
a new technology of personal and professional development based on concepts from
sports, business, spirituality, psychology and organizational development. It’s
for passionate people who want more from their personal and business lives. A
coach helps them to:

  • create a vision that aligns with their values and passions
  • gain clarity on how this vision will be achieved
  • set rewarding goals
  • develop a plan, and the tools and resources, to achieve these

A coach provides support throughout the process. It’s not unlike having a personal
trainer or an athletic coach… transformational, but in a personal and business
sense. The achievement of goals and dreams is something that comes more quickly
as a result of the coaching partnership.

Why does coaching work?

Coaching works when there are two factors present:

1) The client is willing to grow, and
2) There is a gap between where they are now and where they want to be.

Coaching works because of three unique

    Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and needs and
    accomplishing more than the client would alone.
    With a coach, the client takes more actions, thinks bigger and gets the job
    done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
    The coach knows how to help people make better decisions, set the best goals,
    develop new skills for communicating and restructure their professional and
    personal lives for maximum productivity.

Where do you start with a coach?

The initial session allows you to learn more about coaching and experience the coaching process. Contact Janet for a complimentary trial session.

How do the coaching sessions work?

Coaching is done in person, over the phone or via email.

By phone is a preferred method for many because it makes it easy to stay in the “coaching relationship”, since the client can call from their office, home, car or

The person coached completes a coaching ‘session intent’ form prior to each session,
describing the current challenges and the progress they’ve made since the last
The focus of the call is determined by the client. The coach helps
them to solve the problems and make the most of the opportunities. When they are
missing a principle or distinction, the coach draws one so they can see a whole
lot better. When they are taking on a large goal, a coach helps them design and
project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done.
The coach brings out the clients best by helping them find their best answers
and their most empowering and motivating ways to move forward. Celebrating and
acknowledging the ‘wins’ is a key component of coaching

The client is always left ‘in action’ with “fieldwork” or “homeplay”. These are actions
determined by the client and coach to keep moving the client forward. These
actions are always unique to the individual client’s needs.

What happens when you begin a contract with a coach?

  • You take yourself and what you want more seriously.
  • You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
  • You stop putting up with stuff that gets in your way.
  • You create momentum to achieve more, be more balanced and develop more powerful management skills.
  • You set personal goals that are clear and meet your needs.
  • You identify and eliminate the barriers that get in the way of the achievement of goals.
  • You communicate about what you need and want from others in a more responsible and effective way.

How can a Manager/Executive use a coach?

Coaching creates an environment where there is freedom from judgment and freedom from expectations that executive behave according to typical corporate mandates. In
this environment it is safe to question, to appear vulnerable, to observe, to explore, experiment, to learn and change.

In Summary:

Coaching with Musings and Mud Coaching Studio gets you past overwhelm, barriers, shoulds, lack of clarity and fears to move forward and achieve goals purposefully, passionately and soulfully… and in your own very unique way.

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Musings and Mud Coaching Studio uses original coaching techniques, strength-based and creative tools, compassion and access to a private online support site, to help their clients think creatively to set their goals, overcome barriers and obstacles,
discover their best ways to achieve life balance and become empowered to take the actions to living their dream.

What Coaching is not:

Coaching is not counselling, advising or mentoring.
Coaching is for those ready to move forward by finding their personal best way
to achieve their goals and vision.


About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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