Positive and Coaching Psychology

Not everyone needs a coach, but everybody will benefit from one. And the world needs great coaches. By becoming a coach and fuelling the success of others, you are contributing in a real way to world becoming a better place for all of us.

You are a trail blazer, rather than a path follower.  This is a developing and blossoming profession. So if this is you, this advanced degree could be for you.

There will be challenges along the way, but it is a rewarding Masters, and you will join an exiting  profession that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.  And there are many ways to be a great coach.

Maybe you want to work privately, offering your services to individuals and organisations. You might prefer to work as an internal coach in a large organisation. Or you could want to develop into leadership, bringing out the best in your team by leveraging coach leadership. Or you might be in a human services profession, and you want to incorporate coaching into your professional skill set. An example of this is the developing profession of nurse coaching. You could be the first to forge this path for your particular profession.

And here is your first test.

Can you resist the temptation to make a quick decision.  And instead adopt a coaching approach.

In life we often jump to into decisions too quickly. We do not take the time to explore all the options, and we miss possibilities. We are uncomfortable with the uncertainities of transitions, so we jump into quick decisions.

For example, the most frequent question I’m asked is about the timetable. This an important consideration, but not at this stage of the process. More important is to explore whether coaching is your path.  If you discover it is not, then the timetable is no longer relevant.

If you were accepted on the course,  this is the time to consider the timetable. If it does not work for you, well your task is to explore other courses with the knowledge that we thought you would make a good coach.

If you make a quick decision based on the timetable,  you are no nearer to discovering whether a coaching course is for you. And in reality you don’t even know whether the timetable works. The new timetable will be published in the summer. Based on what our current students tell us, we could make changes.

The shape of the timetable will be the same, but a tweek could be the change that makes it work for you.

It is better to explore a bit first.

And if you cannot resist that urge to rush into a decision, then this could give you information that this may not be the path for you. You will after all be asking people to take time to explore, and if you cannot do it yourself…..then heed this message.

So in your daily life see if you can practice being curious for a bit longer as you explore, see notice what it’s like to put off a decision for a bit.

When you’ve done  this, what do you know now?

And what difference does knowing this make?

Time to explore whether you have the common qualities of coaches