Here is an article I recently had published in the CTI online newsletter. Enjoy !
What do “Coaching” and the “Law of Attraction” have in common?
For starters, the law of attraction explains how it is that we can create the lives we desire, while coaches support their clients in creating the life they desire.
Secondly, they’ve both gained recognition in main stream over the past 10 years and even more so in the past couple of years, yet both have existed for much longer.
I believe that coaching and the law of attraction go hand in hand, that the expanding coaching profession is due to the growing demand for support and guidance from people who wish to consciously create their lives – as the law of attraction explains we can all do! It’s no mistake that coaching has flourished over the past few years, to accommodate the demand that is the result of society’s growing awareness of its ability to create a better life and world.
God bless “The Secret” and most specifically Rhonda Byrnes, whose sincerest intention was to spread joy throughout the world by sharing what she’s learnt about the law of attraction. Rhonda’s source of inspiration was a book that was actually written back in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles, “The Science of Getting Rich” (it definitely worked for her). Mr. Wallace’s book certainly wasn’t the only resource available that provided instruction on how someone can create their reality. For over a century the New Thought movement, which includes Science of Mind and Unity, has included this information in their literature and practices. You can also find similar teachings in most of the religious texts including the Bible. The premise that within us lays the power to create our reality is not a new age idea!
Let’s take a closer look at the origins of coaching.
Back in the 1500’s, the term “coach” referred to a vehicle that took people from where they were to where they wanted to be (does that sounds familiar?). In the 1800’s this same definition was adopted by the athletic field. Coaches became the vehicle that supported athletes and sports teams in reaching their goals, getting them to where they want to be from where they were. Then in the mid 1980 this term was again adopted by business men who used the term to describe their leadership development models. Finally, in the early 1990’s, Thomas Leonard and Laura Whitworth converted the vehicle of coaching to being one that helps people get from where they were to where they wanted to be, in any and all areas of their personal and professional lives.
Many of the skills and techniques used by those who teach the attraction principle are the same ones used by both life and sports coaches. Imagining one’s desired outcome, visually and sensually; the use of incantations and affirmations, positive self talk, identifying and taking actions that lead to the results we want, aligning our values to our goals. Basketball coaches train their players to “see” that ball falling into the net! As a Life Coach, I ask my clients to see themselves achieving their desired outcomes. The law of attraction explains that what we can see in our minds, we can experience in the physical. As we see it, we ignite the movement of the forces and energy required to have what we’re envisioning to take form.
Those who are most successful at achieving their goals - including the athletes who win the trophies – at some level are aware of the attraction principles. They may not call it that, and there really is no need to call it anything, they simply know what works. Regardless of whether they know how it works, they believe and trust.
As coaches, we naturally help our clients become aware of how the law of attraction is influencing their lives. The more we align with the essence of how the universal principle of attraction affects our lives, regardless of what we call “it”, we become a stronger attraction force for our clients, supporting them in creating what ever they desire for themselves and for their world – our world!