Let’s examine the role of the sports coach again. It wasn’t the coach’s responsibility to teach the college or professional athletes how to play the sport; they already came to the coach with that knowledge – at least the basic fundamentals. Many times the same holds true with life coaching – you may already know how to process your emotions, communicate, and actively listen. But as your Battle Buddy and life coach I would help you fine tune those skills, in some instances relearn those skills. This is in order to help you successfully make the transition from military life to civilian life without wrecking your life. In both the athletes’ example and your example, a basic foundation is needed for the coaching experience to be successful.
You see, transitions are a natural occurrence in life. Think about it, you transitioned from a baby to a child; from a child to an adult; from a civilian to a Service Member and now from a Military member to a Civilian. With each transition you should have learned something new about yourself – good, bad, or indifferent. Truth is lessons had to be learned in order to make each transition. You have to willing to learn some new lessons in order for your coaching experience to be successful.
A life coach is trained to listen to your words, observe your actions, and become aware of the way you currently interpret the world around you. Because of this training a life coach comes equipped to help you reach your goals. Bottom line: If you are committed to your life coaching experience working for your situation, then and only then will life coaching work.