“Why become an ICF Coach?”
This is a question I have asked myself at different conjectures and have been asked by many others who want to pursue, or are curious about coaching. If I had to sum it up in one word, for me, its – ‘s freedom. I got to this in parts and I am still on its journey.
When I first started my ICF – ACC journey the gift that coaching gave me was a foundation and structure. Both may not seem like glamorous goals for a professional course. While we all know how essential it is, we stand and appreciate the beauty of a building rather than the strength of its foundation.
Coaching has various competencies and every competency has been carefully placed in an order to serve the client. If our life was to be viewed in a Socratic manner as the pursuit of questions and our journey the ability to answer them. Then doesn’t a life well lived require that we ask the right questions and ponder over them? An appropriate question, I believe, opens doors to different possibilities in life and hence can change the course of our narratives, view on life, decisions, and life path itself.
When I decided to sign up for the ICF – PCC certification, I found myself back with the question of Why Coaching? What was the need for it? The competencies were no different, The structure was the same. I then sat with the question of why ICF – PCC? The answer to this I got in a coaching session myself – Freedom.
It’s just like a speech that needs to be rehearsed before going on stage so one can be present, like an actor who becomes completely thorough with the script and their character sketch so they can be, without thinking or analyzing – just flow. Likewise, my ICF – PCC journey is to get to that stage of freedom to flow. It comes with understanding the length, breadth, and depth of the questions and competencies.
To conclude, Eric Weiner in his book on philosophy rephrases the Socratic thought really well when he says- “An unexamined life is not worth living and an examined life that doesn’t produce practical results isn’t worth it”. To me coaching definitely leads to practical results through continuous & daring examination – making life worth living.