What Is Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as: partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Simply put, a coach can help you become your best you! The coach recognizes that the client is naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching is a process (not an event) in which the client and coach co-create a relationship where the client can explore, in a safe environment, what they need to create the life they want to live. This exploration enables the client to discover their needs, values and strengths and empowers them to build on these discoveries to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals and dreams.
Coaching is not therapy. Therapy is about resolving the past while coaching is about the present and achieveing one’s goals for the future. The coach guides the exploration that can unlock the solutions that the client already holds within themselves. The coach provides support, accountability and guidance along the path of self-discovery and helps the client develop their own system of accountability.
For those diagnosed with ADHD (or those who suspect they have ADHD), coaching can provide the key that allows them to unlock their often buried talents to realize their full potential. The coach helps the client to develop systems and procedures, habits and processes that minimize the ADHD client’s difficulties while maximizing their many strengths and talents, such as creativity and the ability to see outside the box.