Coaching and Resiliency

Resilient PicThe International Coach Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines resilience as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

What is resiliency and why is it so important? Resiliency is important because it is what we need to do when faced with life’s challenges and stumbling blocks.

One of the reasons I became a coach is because I have always been told how resilient I am. I, like many others have had challenges with my health, my daughter’s health, personal issues – we all know what this is like. When I was completing my coach education my alumni coach gave me a tag line of “Building Resiliency Through Change” – and this has stuck with me ever since.

My daughter just went through

major spine surgery and had a couple of stumbling blocks during her healing journey. Even through the difficulty of these stumbling blocks she was still thankful to be able to walk and I kept reminding her that one day this will all just be a memory.

As a coach when coaching someone to develop their resiliency, we want to focus on their successes as well as their struggles. We want to build their confidence by keeping their focus on the process of their achievements. We support our clients with bouncing back from struggles or setbacks and help them stay focused on their goals.

Having a coaching conversation is the perfect opportunity to overcome these challenges and get to the resiliency piece that we need to move forward.

Resilience is something we do rather than something we have.

How do you as a coach support your clients working towards resiliency?