What is Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as:
“Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
People come to coaching for a variety of reasons, but ultimately, they all want some sort of change in their lives and are seeking help to more readily achieve this. Professional coaches help clients reach success and satisfaction in their lives through a focused approach designed to enhance self-awareness and ensure forward progress. Whether you’re struggling at school, work, or home, or simply feeling stuck and wondering where to go next, a coach can help you achieve results more quickly than you would on your own.
How does this work?
Professional coaches are trained to listen carefully and ask the right questions to help you identify what you want to achieve, determine what you need to get there, and get you moving in the right direction. As an impartial observer with only your best interests in mind, a coach provides unconditional support along with an agenda to move your forward. By exploring options and strategies, by helping devise plans to take action, and by consistently following-up on your progress, a coach keeps you focused and on track until your goals are achieved. It’s a partnership designed to produce meaningful and lasting changes that are in alignment with who you really are and how you want your life to be.
How are ADHD Coaches different from “Life” Coaches?
In addition to the basic coaching skills described above, professional ADHD Coaches have advanced training in all aspects of ADHD- from the neurobiology underlying the disorder to a thorough understanding of the symptoms and challenges encountered with this condition.
All too often, the defining traits of ADHD- inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, along with deficits in executive functions, interfere with the ability of those affected to be successful, to the extent that they experience diminished confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.
ADHD Coaches work to instill a positive mind-set by providing education and support along with a host of practical solutions and strategies to address individual challenges.
An ADHD Coach can help you:
- Understand how ADD/ADHD affects you and why: Realizing there is an explanation for your struggles and behaviors reduces any guilt or blame you may feel and increases self-awareness- both of which help you positively address your challenges and feel encouraged you can succeed.
- Identify and build on your strengths: Emphasizing your natural talents and abilities creates a positive self-image and provides a foundation to work from. When people feel good about themselves they are more hopeful and motivated to address their weaknesses.
- Develop skills and routines to overcome challenges and create new behaviors: Research has shown that the brain is flexible in its capacity to forge new neural pathways and incorporate new abilities. With effort and practice, people with ADHD can learn new habits and strategies to effectively manage their lives.
Common areas addressed include:
- Prioritizing and planning daily, weekly, and long-term goals
- Getting started and completing projects and/or assignments
- Maintaining focus and lessening distractibility and impulsivitiy
- Creating routines and structures to stay on top of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities
- Improving organization and dealing with clutter
- Managing time effectively and avoiding procrastination
- Staying motivated and tuning out negative self-talk
ADHD doesn’t have to be so hard! With an professional coach who specializes in ADHD you can reach your potential with confidence and skills that will serve you throughout life.