Coaching empowers you for personal development and self-discovery. It fosters continuous quality improvement while encompassing your goals and action plans.
Transformational or Empowerment coaching is an approach to reshaping the inner person and putting transformational changes into action. This type of coaching focuses not only on goal setting and action plans but also on improving you as an individual. It includes self-reflection, and analyzing the perspectives, values, beliefs, behaviors, and habits that determine your capability to influence outcomes and achieve the desired results.
Advantages of Personal Transformational Coaching
Transformational coaching helps you become self-aware and self-motivated. It comprises many more incredible benefits that influence your personal and professional lives in a positive way. According to my experience as a professional life coach, some of the main benefits of personal transformational coaching are:
Improved confidence and
Improved interpersonal skills
More clarity about career and profession
Better clarity in perspective for personal life
Empowerment and self-awareness
Heightened sense of accountability
Orientation to achieve positive results
Better decision-making that leads to success
Empower individuals to reach their full potential
Change perspectives if they are no longer necessary
Four Key Steps of Personal Coaching
Personal coaching focuses on “being” instead of just “doing”. It recognizes that goal setting and action planning are important, but alone they are not enough to achieve sustainable results and lasting behavioral changes. Therefore, a transformational coach examines the deep underlying reasons and motivations embedded in your personal values and beliefs through a meticulous process. Here are the four major steps of that process.
Step 1: Listening
Listening is crucial to identifying actions, behaviours, and emotions in order to help in the transformation. A professional coach lets the other person express themselves and listen carefully to comprehend the other person’s thoughts and emotions. By listening carefully, the coach extracts the right information to ask the right questions for reflection.
Step 2: Reflection
Reflection and thorough inner exploration are vital for the transformation of a person. Exploring thoughts and perspectives through deep questions helps the professional coach identify the reasons that may be hindering the respective person from moving forward and achieving success in their personal or professional life.
Step 3: Action
Action is necessary to resolve internal conflicts and stimulate the practice of positive behaviours. A professional coach helps the person determine the necessary action to take to deal with difficult and stressful situations in different life scenarios after thorough analysis and internal reflection.
Step 4: Review
The last crucial step of coaching is to review the results after following the previous steps and how they contributed to transforming a person’s emotions, beliefs, perspective, and behaviour, since these are the main focus points in transformational coaching. This step aims to assess the specific actions that modify his or her behaviour.
10 Tips for Making the Most of Professional Coaching
Getting the most out of a coaching relationship requires that you approach it with the right mindset and expectations. Now that you have a clear structure for effective coaching for transformation, let me elaborate on how you can make the most of professional coaching. Based on my experience as a corporate professional and an executive coach with 1000+ client coaching hours, here are ten ways to maximize the benefits:
1. Communicate Honestly
Open and honest communication with your coach is important for beneficial coaching. As mentioned above, listening allows a professional coach to comprehend your thoughts and emotions; therefore, share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns honestly and openly.
2. Be Clear About Your Objectives
Take some time to determine your objectives with clarity, whether you want to enhance your communication skills at the workplace, strengthen your relationships with others, or need guidance on some other life challenge. It will help you and your coach stay on track throughout the process.
3. Be Consistent
Consistency is key to success in any endeavour, including professional coaching for your transformation. Schedule and attend regular coaching sessions and be consistent with related actions to achieve your goals.
4. Be Prepared
Come prepared with specific challenges and topics you want to address. Do your homework to make the most of professional coaching. It will also help your coach understand the exact concern quickly and with clarity.
5. Take Actions
No amount of coaching can benefit you from just talking. It’s also about taking the right action at the right time. Don’t hesitate to take calculated risks and try new approaches and strategies to put in the work to achieve your goals.
6. Be Reflective
Take time to assess and reflect on what you’ve learned and how you can apply those lessons in your daily life. Reflect on the impact of professional coaching in your life and how you can optimize the process and accelerate your transformation.
7. Be Dedicated
Your transformation needs your dedication, both in terms of time and effort. Be willing to invest in yourself and display dedication toward the coaching process; the rewards will be worth it in the long run.
8. Seek Feedback
A professional coach not only offers guidance and support but also provides honest feedback and holds you accountable for your actions. Seek constructive feedback from them and use it to maximize the benefits of coaching.
9. Be Patient
Transformation is a long-term process, and professional coaching may take significant time to show visible results. Trust in the coaching process, stay dedicated, and be patient, even if you don’t see the encouraging results right away.
10. Try Different Coaching Styles
There are different coaching styles and approaches; determine the ones suitable for you according to your objectives and circumstances. Don’t hesitate to try different coaching styles until you find one that works for you.
Leverage transformational coaching for an exceptional life. If you engage, work hard and on time, and overcome past obstacles and fears with absolute commitment, you will be able to achieve new levels of success.
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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Personal Clarity Coaching Programs enable busy professionals unhappy in their jobs to tap into their passions and transform them into professions so that they work because they want to, not because they have to. 'Empower Yourself’ Executive Performance Enhancement Coaching Programs enable mid-career and senior executives to speak with confidence and communicate with impact so that they emerge as leaders sooner than envisaged.
Prior to her journey as a coach, Smita had extensive experience of 14 years as a corporate and business strategy professional with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a TEDx speaker, a speaker at various public forums, a published writer, and an Amazon bestselling author.
You can learn more about Personal Empowerment Life Coach and Executive Coach Smita D Jain’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Coaching Programs by visiting www.lifecoachsmitadjain.com and book a strategy session at https://www.lifecoachsmitadjain.com/booking.