The Whys of Coaching?

You have a number of questions about coaching and why you should consider it. Here are some of my answers to the questions I hear most often.

Why should I get coaching?
  • If you want help making decisions about what’s important as you go forwards into the future then get coaching.
  • If you are struggling to reach a goal then get some coaching.
  • If you need some help improving a skill or behaviour then get some coaching.
  • If you need help to deal with the situation you’ve found yourelf in then get some coaching.
  • If you can’t work out how to set an ambitious but achievable goal then get coaching.
  • If you feel like a square peg in a round hole for whatever reason then get some coaching.
  • Finally, if you’re not sure if any of the above fits but you’ve read this far because something nagging in the back of your head says you could be better off and achieve more, then have a chat with me. Maybe you don’t need to get some coaching

As with most coaching the answer to why you want to be coached will be unique to you. Whatever your position, personality and preferences, you can definitely benefit from coaching; it provides more clarity and objectivity than you can sometimes provide from your closeness to the situation, there is a different level of accountability by bringing in someone external and also a different perspective will provide new questions to consider. A coach will not provide you with instant solutions but will help you get to your own answers better.

For more reading on this, try my article ‘4 Things a Coach Will Do For You’

Why should you use me for coaching?

Maybe you shouldn’t. I prefer to operate outdoors (see why below) and if that’s an uncomfortable place for you then don’t hire me. I’m happy to chat and recommend other people though, who might be a better fit. However I have all the attributes of a professional coach plus the outdoor qualifications to take you walking so if you like the idea of being outdoors and the health benefits that come as an extra with the coaching then maybe I’m your coach.

If you want to know more about me before you commit then read my bio page or my philosophy on coaching

Why Outdoor Life Coaching?

Going outdoors provides a whole host of benefits, even before you add on the coaching. I work outdoors because I love being there, even in the sometimes inclement Scottish weather – for the freedom, exercise and fresh air. Other benefits from walking and talking include things such as a lack of across-the-table confrontation and pressure, a different perspective on life and a journey metaphor that we can apply to your life. Coaching outdoors seems to give more time to ponder and so results in deeper conclusions as well as providing more distance from real life allowing for greater objectivity.

For more information on this try my article ‘Outdoor Life Coaching Explained’.

Why do I coach?

I love to see people grow and develop and achieve more of what is possible in their lives. For me learning has always been a key motivating value and that infuses all of my work, but particularly my individual coaching; we can accomplish so much more when the coaching is targeted to exactly where you are, rather than the generic needs of a group. I want to help you however I can, to walk with you as you travel the route towards your goals.

For more on my reasoning, read my philosophy on coaching

I’m happy to chat to you for free in the first instance, to see if coaching would benefit you and whether we ‘fit’ – I’d hate you to sign up for a series of sessions and decide after the first one that you don’t want any more (except in the unlikely event that we have dealt with all your topics in one go!)