The What-IS-Coaching Model

by Jean-Paul Cortes

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: ...so long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.


From Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland

What is this coaching model about?

This coaching model is like using a map and compass when you're going hiking, it helps you get to where you are going.

Having an idea of what you want to achieve is the first important step to any venture. Because like Alice, if you don't know where you are going then it doesn't much matter which road you take, or where that road takes you.

At what point can you use this coaching model?

The gap between where you are now and where you want to be, is where you can use this model. It acts as a guideline by which you can determine a course of action.

How does it work?

To understand how this model works, lets go on an imaginary hiking trip. The road you're taking can be treacherous, filled with unexpected ravines, long winding paths and lonely roads.

You can never be quite certain what you'll find around the next turn on this trip. But there's something that you have, a couple of valuable tools, that will help you safely go wherever you want to go and back.

As you're getting ready to set off on your journey, you reach into your pack, and you pull out

  • a Map and,
  • a Compass

You smile, knowing that whatever road meets your way you'll be able to navigate safely and accurately. Because, it's when you use both a compass and a map you don't really need to follow known trails, you can follow your own.

What type of map is it?

Most people have seen a map, a few more have actually used maps for getting around.

You shouldn't be surprised that there are all sorts of maps, for all sorts of purposes. Maps have been used to conquer nations, reach the furthest places and connect empires.

As humans we have internal maps. These tell us how to guide ourselves every day. Some of the maps we inherit, others we learn and we all experience them whether we can see them or not.

We also have other bigger maps, those we know are always there, but sometimes we seem to lose connection to. We get a sense of these maps through our intuition, that sense of knowing and trusting yourself.

Maps help us determine possible obstacles, they can help us see other forces at work in our lives and better ways of getting to our destinations.

How to navigate through any terrain

Having a map will do you no good if you don't have a way of navigating.

It's important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are and in which direction you are headed.

This is actually your inner compass, your navigation system which you can trust to guide you through.

What are your values?

What do you really want?

Really understanding yourself is the best compass, that one which now only one point- its destination. It is the only thing that will faithfully guide you through the darkest nights and fiercest storms.

The first step...

We all face several challenges in life, some we overcome easily, others we just seem to get stuck.

Maps give us a BIG picture view of things, a compass helps us navigate our way. Nothing really happens however without you taking the first step.

Regardless of where we are, or where life might take us, remembering the unique resources you were given is the greatest asset you can have.

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