Becoming a Coach or Mentor 1: Letting the Genie out of the Bottle!

becoming-a-c-or-m-yellow-purple‘Once a Coach, always a Coach’ as the genie is out of the bottle!

Making the decision to train to become a coach or mentor is not just a career or work decision.  The statement, ‘once a coach, always a coach as the genie is out of the bottle’ might sound more than a bit excessive. In my experience of developing coaches and mentors over a number of years it is my, as well as their, reality.

Once you have developed the insights, knowledge and understanding you need about yourself and others in order to be able to support them to have positive and proactive control over their lives you will realise you have made a decision that affects all aspects of your own life. The learning you have gained will stay with you, and be helpful to you, regardless of what you do and where you go in the future.

If that sounds a bit scary, I don’t mean it to be. This is not about your life being taken over by something you cannot control. Neither is it about you not being able to have the kind of life that you want for yourself and those close to you.

Quite the opposite!

If coaching and mentoring is about supporting others to achieve their goals and to have the life that they want for themselves, it is certainly about you role modelling its reality.

So – what do I mean by the statement ‘Once a Coach, always a Coach’?

Becoming an effective coach or mentor is very much about understanding yourself in order to be able to support others to do the same for themselves.  It is about being open and willing to do what you need to do to really come to know how you see, make sense of, experience and respond to the world.  To experience, for yourself, what you are going to support others to achieve.

Why?

When you . . .

    • have the ability to make sense of what you are thinking and feeling
    • have an understanding of why you do what you do and how you do it
    • have the personal insights you need to access your unconscious as well as conscious processing
    • are able to recognise and value the uniqueness in yourself and in others

then . . .

You have all you need to unlock your potential and to take positive and proactive action to achieve what you want for yourself.  Put very simply – you have the ability to self coach and mentor.

And, most importantly as a coach or mentor, you will have what you need to support your clients, as well as others you relate to, to learn how to do the same.  For me, this is the greatest gift we can give our clients and those we work with – the ability to self coach and mentor.

Hence – ‘Once a Coach, always a Coach . . . ‘

It is for this reason that all our coach and mentor development programmes begin by supporting participants to learn more about themselves.

Learning more about yourself also further supports you to be able to recognise, value and work effectively with difference. And to be well on the way to developing the knowledge and skills you need as a coach or mentor to work with each of your clients in the way that is ‘right’ for them rather than ‘right’ for you.  The essential next step in becoming an effective and ethical coach or mentor.

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