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  • Writer's pictureAya

What is coaching?

Updated: May 27, 2019

<<This post is my personal opinion and a story based on my personal experience. Therefore, it might be biased and unequally covered. However, I’d like to write it as my personal post.>>

“Coaching”-- I’ve been hearing and using this word for years. More than 10 years. However, most of my past knowledge and experience was limited in organizations. So it was used as a part of talent development. I was feeling it contained something like “to let them acknowledge” and/or “to lead them” when I used the word. I believe it is not wrong, but I notice this side of “coaching” is a very small part of “coaching”. Also, I believe my understanding and experience is still partial and limited. At the same time, I am amazed at how deep “coaching” is.

It is very important for a coach to know and be able to use skills and techniques, however, I started to feel coaching is “how to see things” or possibly “how to live your life”.

I studied over 300 hours to be certified, have been studying further after receiving the certification and have been coached myself for over a year. When I look back one year ago, I am surprised by how much I have changed. I have clear visions about what kind of person I would like to be and what are valuable things for me. So I feel I am moving forward to reach the goal. I have never experienced such a big growth last 20 years. I learned a lot after I grew up, however, I can’t remember when was the last time that I enjoy everyday and can’t wait to have another day.

It can be painful to go through changes. It is also common to hesitate to make a step or sometimes you can’t be bothered to do new things. However, if your goal is clear and the value of accomplishment is big, you can go forward after taking a short break and you also can acknowledge your progress.

Since I was little, I have been believing that I was not good enough. Not good enough to dream big, not good enough to do something valuable and not good enough to make things happen. I was achieving many things, but I didn’t acknowledge my effort and results. Even though people around me are surprised to hear this, but I had my low self-esteem for a long time.

In fact, it took me a year and a half to apply for the coaching certification program after I started to think about it. And I believe it happened because of my low self-esteem.

However, in the year 2018, things were totally different. I wanted to change. I was looking for challenges. And I did whatever I wanted to try, I took a variety of actions and I achieved so many things. Since I started to learn to coach, I have started my own company, obtained a short-term project/work, joined several online/offline communities, added one volunteer work and be starting a new (additional) job. I didn’t know I could have done this much and I would not be able to believe where I am if someone told me those changes a year ago.

Coaching is not magic, but it has miraculous power just like magic.


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