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Busting the Top 5 Myths About Coaching

Don’t let these misconceptions hold you back from reaching peak performance.
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Coaching can unlock a new realm of opportunities and can help you take your personal life and career to new heights.

But maybe you’ve found yourself hesitating to partner with a coach.

In this article, we’ve tapped Arootah’s Director of Coaching Lauren Bonheim to pull back the curtain on coaching and break down five of the most common coaching misconceptions.

Myth #1: Coaches “Do the Work” for You

Here’s a coaching secret: Unlocking a client’s untapped potential isn’t a spectator sport. It’s a collaborative process.

So, don’t sit back and expect your coach to do the heavy lifting. Your coach’s role is akin to a supportive partner; they’ll help you uncover creative solutions while paving the way for your progress.

Think of your coach like a personal trainer, says Bonheim. “Coaches can’t do the push-ups for you, but they can provide the tools and encouragement to help you build strength from within.”

Myth #2: Your Coach Has All the Answers

One of the greatest parts of working with a coach? They don’t have all the answers. Instead, they help you uncover what’s best for you — and only you know that! This unbiased perspective supports personal growth as your coach helps you unearth solutions to obstacles via the resources, knowledge, and networks that are already within your reach.

Myth #3: Coaching and Therapy Are the Same

Coaching and therapy might seem to overlap, but they serve very different purposes. While both modalities can be beneficial, a life coach doesn’t replace a therapist and vice versa. A coach helps you set and achieve goals, strategize, and pursue personal and professional growth. On the other hand, a therapist tends to focus on mental health conditions, healing past traumas, and addressing deep-seated emotional issues.

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Myth #4: Your Coach Must Have Experience in Your Industry

Every industry has its unique challenges. However, your coach doesn’t need to be an expert in your industry to guide you effectively. In fact, a coach outside your industry can bring fresh ideas and perspective. A skilled coach possesses versatile coaching skills that can be applied across a wide range of careers, helping you identify strengths, raise self-awareness, and create strategies for growth.

Myth #5: Coaching Is Only Needed to Fix Problems

The assumption coaching is only for individuals facing challenges is a common misunderstanding.

The truth is, no matter your level of success, a coach can help you explore new possibilities, set loftier goals, and expand your potential. Working with a coach is also an excellent way to be proactive, taking action before issues arise. “Coaching isn’t solely about problem-solving or fixing issues; it’s about continuous growth and development,” says Bonheim. “Just like there’s no limit to your success or growth, there’s no limit to how a coach can help you thrive.”

The Bottom Line

Coaching can be a powerful tool for anyone seeking growth. By gaining clarity on these common coaching misconceptions, you should feel more confident to embark on your coaching journey.

Ready to take that next step in your career or personal life by working with a coach? Sign up for a free introductory coaching session to get started today.

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be taken as professional medical, psychological, legal, investment, financial, accounting, or tax advice. Arootah does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or suitability of its content for a particular purpose. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read in our newsletter, blog or anywhere else on our website.

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david john
david john
1 year ago

I have personally found that asking similar questions has opened up valuable conversations with my team members, helping me understand their aspirations, concerns, and what they need to thrive. It’s an approach that can make a real difference in employee engagement and retention.