You change all the time—like it or not, realize it or not. How you think, feel, act, and even look constantly changes. However, if you intentionally choose to learn or grow, you have likely changed…at least a little. That doesn’t necessarily mean you transformed, though.
That’s where a transformational coach comes into play.
What is a Transformational Coach?
Life coaches typically concern themselves with your current challenge and finding ways to reduce or eliminate it and what steps to take next. On the other hand, transformational coaches take a broader view, focusing on who you are now and who you want (or need) to become to do or have what you want.
A transformational coach’s job is to explore who you are “being” rather than what you are “doing.” After all, true transformation—lasting change—comes from changes at the identity level. Only when you change your identity can you change your mindset and behavior so you achieve desired results consistently over the long term.
What is Transformational Coaching?
All forms of coaching claim to increase your effectiveness, performance, development, or growth. But transformational coaching focuses on helping you achieve your human potential. Rather than looking for change via strategy, goal achievement, or skill enhancement, transformational coaching puts attention on helping you become someone who can attain goals, develop mastery, or create what you desire. Thus, it’s about self-actualization.
With this in mind, you could say transformational coaching takes an ontological approach to coaching. That means it relates to the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being—in this case, your being or identity.
Other types of coaching tend to function from the premise that a person will show up at a session, uncover a current issue, dream, or goal, and then discuss how to move forward. However, the session is based on their existing way of being. The coach does not explore how to shift the client at the identity level to get the desired outcomes.
Transformational coaching also examines the client’s current challenges, dreams, and goals. Yet, its exploration of those challenges, dreams, and goals is based on the premise that expanded, shifted, or new ways of being will bring about the outcome. Once clients realize who they need to be to get unstuck, they gain access to alternative mindsets, habits, perceptions, and energies that align with the new identity they choose. They then can see what actions are needed to move them forward.
Do You Need Transformational Coaching?
Everyone can benefit from working with a transformational coach.
However, if you…
- Feel stuck
- Have failed to realize your dreams or achieve your goals
- Know that you can be and do more
- Are at a crossroads but can’t decide which path to take
- Are ready for change
…a transformational coach can support you through the self-growth or personal-growth process necessary.
The Benefits of Transformational Coaching
All types of coaching help you create change. However, transformational coaching is more likely to help you make lasting changes.
Beyond transformation itself, here are five benefits you will get from working with a transformational coach.
Through the coaching process, your awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, values, characteristics, commitments, triggers, habits, mindsets, stories, blindspots, and desires will increase. With this clarity, you can choose a path forward.
Transformational coaching serves as an opportunity to really see and think about yourself. From that space of self-reflection, you receive insights about what’s working, what isn’t, and what changes you want and need to make.
3. New Insights
A transformational coach will help you connect past and present, fears and desires, and who you really are as opposed to who you think you are. A good coach helps you see your blind spots so you can navigate safely toward your goals and dreams. Your sessions will show you habitual patterns of thinking and behavior and connections between personal and professional life as well as spiritual and physical life.
4. Holistic Results
Transformational coaching doesn’t impact only the area of your life you are most concerned about. It affects all life arenas. Thus, if you want to work on business with a transformational coach, your discussions also make a difference in your personal life or health and wellness. Additionally, transformational coaching impacts your spiritual life as well.
5. Fast and Lasting Change
When you work with a transformational coach, the goal is not a quick change that doesn’t last, such as trying a fad diet only to fall back into your old eating habits after a month. Instead, the goal is lasting change—true transformation. Like any coaching or personal growth process, change can take time. However, when you change your identity, change can happen instantaneously.
A Spiritual Approach to Personal Growth
If you recall, a transformational coach approaches coaching from a metaphysical point of view. Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with abstract concepts, such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space. Metaphysicians look at broad concepts to help define reality and our understanding of it.
That means that transformational coaches take a big-picture view of being human and often touch on the big questions in life, including those related to spirituality. So, while life coaching or Certified High Performance Coaching are categorized as personal growth or personal development, transformational coaching includes personal and spiritual growth.
Since you are a spiritual being having a human experience—a soul housed in a physical body, transformational coaching addresses your true nature. That’s what makes it so effective.
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