What is a Coach (And why do I need one?)

The self help movement in American society is a multibillion dollar industry. Want to lose 50 pounds eating cake and watching TV? There’s a program for that. Want to become a millionaire by Friday? There’s a program for that! You can even get these miraculous results for just “four easy payments of $19.95!”

It’s no wonder that people aren’t sure how to visualize where they want to be and develop a comprehensive plan to get there. They are constantly being told that they can achieve great things with little effort or accountability.

But, let’s be real. We know that some things are just too good to be true…
If you are ready to reach your fullest potential and live your best life, you must engage in the process of personal growth and development. This is an ongoing process that is essential for a person’s growth, maturity, happiness and success, but it takes commitment and discipline.

If you’re thinking, “I’ve got the commitment and discipline, but I just don’t know how to get started!” or “I know how to get started but I always get sidetracked before reaching my goal!” then working with a coach is just what you need! It gives you both the incentive and the means to become the best possible version of yourself.

So, there are coaches, consultants, counselors, and mentors…all claiming to offer to help YOU to help yourself. How do you know what you need?

According to the International Coach Federation coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

A consultant is an expert who is called on for professional or technical advice who will understand the client’s problem and present solutions. Consulting is unlike coaching because with authentic coaching, the answers come from the client.

A coach is the subject matter expert at coaching, not necessarily the subject matter expert of the client’s specialty.

Here is how I like to explain it… It’s a lot deciding you want to Play Professional football.

therapist/counselor will you to talk about your feelings and to get over your past pains so that one day, you will be able to pick up a football again.  

consultant will get you suited up in your pads and equipment and throw you right into a championship game. Then they’ll give you a 100 page report full of Xs and arrows on all the plays the other team has ever made and step by step instructions the most efficient way to play the game.

mentor will give you front row tickets to their next game, and have you watch how they play and then say “Ok, do what I just did!”

coach will assess you and help you go through a conditioning phase to prepare your mind and body and build up the stamina to be able to perform in a game. Based on your capability and capacity, a coach will design drills to leverage your skillset to improve performance and maximize your potential. Once you’ve mastered the drills, they will sit down with you and figure out what are the ideal results you want to achieve as a football player. They will then figure out what the difference is between your goal and reality. From there you both will work on a multi part plan that will focus on everything needed to help you close the gap and achieve the results you want. They will help measure and track your results and look for ways to fine tune your training program along the way. And the coaches at Whole Armor will assist you every step of the way, from beginning to end…from Vision to Victory!