This is a question I get asked all the time, and it’s not the easiest one to answer. It can be different things to different people. This is best way I have found to give clients a good picture of what Coaching is.
Remember the main characters in the Wizard of Oz?
They were all wondering around along the yellow brick road to find the magical and wondrous Wizard of Oz who was going to fix all their problems. The Wizard at the end of the road, behind those gigantic green doors… that’s what a life coach is.
Did I just hear you say Bull Sh*t? Yes, I think you said that out loud J
Let me explain… Each one of the characters had a problem they were trying to solve, right?
Dorthy – wanted to get home
The Tin man – a heart
The Lion – courage
Scarecrow – needed a brain
We all remember the story – Dorothy meets each one of these sorry souls on her way to see the wizard so she can find the way back home. And if you remember right she wants to go back to a home she was unhappy with before the tornado, one she even ran away from. Funny how we change our minds about a circumstance once it’s taken away from us…isn’t it?
So as the story goes, the foursome takes the long journey down the yellow brick road to find the Emerald City. Along the way they are hindered and menaced by the Wicked Witch of the West. And they must creatively overcome each of her plots to stop them from reaching the Wizard (and to get Dorothy’s shoes of course).
The whole time they are traveling down the yellow brick road they are each fixated on the end of the journey, that Wizard who is going to solve all their problems.
Finally, they reach the Emerald City only to be given the most impossible challenge yet. Kill the Wicked Witch of the West and deliver her broom to the Wizard. Only then will they be given what they most desire, a heart, brain, courage, and way home.
So the foursome head back out on the quest to do away with the Witch. After many more challenges and retrieving Dorothy back from the kidnapping Witch, a simple bucket of water melts the Wicked Witch and the broom is theirs.
The Wizard now awards each of the foursome with their long awaited prize. Tin Man receives a heart shaped watch to represent is heart. Lion is given a medal of valor for courage. Scarecrow a diploma to prove he does have a brain. And the Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kanas in a hot air balloon.
But Toto her dog runs after a cat causing her to miss the balloon as it floats away, and she is once again stuck in the Land of Oz. Until Glenda the Good Witch comes to save the day. She tells Dorothy of the magical powers her ruby red slippers hold. They are her key to getting home.
So what does all of this have to do with Professional Life Coaching?
We have many yellow brick roads in our lives, journeys littered with challenging events and things we must overcome. At the end of that road we hope to be rewarded with our completed goal.
In the movie, all the characters already possessed the attributes they longed to have, and during their journey they all proved it. The scarecrow came up with many of the plans they used to beat the Witch, the tinman showed love and compassion to his friends, the lion protected the group from the Witch’s goons, and Dorothy she always had those damn shoes.
It took a normal man behind a curtain to help them reflect on their journey and show them they already has what they so desired.
That is what Professional Life Coaching is.
A Life Coach is there to ask the right questions and offer time for reflection you can overcome the obstacles in your life to reach your Emerald City.
Coaches are there to help you discover how to use your ruby slippers in your world.
Our Professional Life Coaches have taken extensive training on not only how to help you achieve your goals, we also address the emotions and limiting beliefs that come up along the way. Releasing these limiting emotions and beliefs gives you the ability to move forward without the doubt and sometimes debilitating feelings you have held onto for so long.
One other thing…. Life is NOT all about reaching that Emerald City at the end of the road. Life is about the journey. We can show you how to enjoy the journey and look forward to the challenges it brings.
Are you ready to head down that yellow brick road?