By Vanessa Sam
Coaching is a discipline that has become a trend in recent years as people turn to life coaches to help them improve their skills and attitudes and in turn perform better both personally and at work.
When engaged in this discipline, people receive guidance from a coach who seeks to bring out their best through personal exercises. Throughout the process, clients develop new skills that will help them deal with their daily lives.
While not a psychological therapy, coaching helps people avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. However, not everybody has a good experience with the discipline.
At what point can you turn to coaching?
The term “coaching” comes from the sports world. Through dialogue and persuasion, personal coaches motivate people to carry out activities successfully. Coaching also strives to help people learn to commit themselves to particular objectives and become disciplined and responsible with their coach’s tasks.
Clients need to put aside bad habits, break vicious circles and be willing to transcend personally. Coaching helps them recognize their goals and guides them toward self-knowledge.
“Personally, coaching has helped me change from ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘of course I can do it,’ no matter what happens,” said Guadalupe Mejía Jiménez, an accounting graduate in Veracruz, Mexico.
Many people may feel unable to visualize themselves in the future. For coaching to be successful, one must first have the desire to undergo a real internal change. The training process is systematic. It includes several sessions, allowing for personal changes to come gradually. Sometimes it takes more time, depending on a person’s emotional state and goals.
“The decisions in my life have changed. I defined things in the past with a negative perspective; now I project what will happen positively,” Mejía Jiménez said. “It has had an impact on my life that defines me as a before and after.”
Does it work?
There is no official body regulating coaching, and those who lead the sessions might not have any certification.
“I went to one of these coaching groups,” said Francisco Burch Villegas, from Veracruz, Mexico. “I did not like it. They treated people very poorly, disqualifying them without knowing them.”
“Many felt bad about it and cried,” he said. “I stayed aside and tried not to fall for provocations, no matter how hard they tried. A friend invited me, and it didn’t benefit me at all. I would prefer to go to a psychologist if at some point I have a personal problem.”
In the last decade, these groups have multiplied due to the economic benefit they represent for those involved.
(Translated and edited by Gabriela Olmos. Edited by Melanie Slone and Carlin Becker)