The Coaching Spirit: 8 Principles for Coaching Success

8 Coaching Principles infographicMy life’s purpose is to motivate, inspire and empower people and organizations to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy. I’ve been coaching and training for the last 40 years of my life and have built an entire coaching division of my company where together, we’ve been able to successfully coach thousands of people to get past their roadblocks and create massive success, joy, and prosperity in their lives. Throughout this time, I have deeply connected with my coaching spirit and developed 8 coaching principles that create the foundation of successful trainers.

In my latest book, Coaching for Breakthrough Success, my co-author, Dr. Peter Chee, and I provide business professionals with various coaching principles that they can put to use every single day. We explain how to draw out solutions from employees through effective listening, asking great questions, using feedback, appreciating and continuously supporting people to take ownership, and be accountable for taking action to realize their goals.

Below is a list of principles that can be effectively used for coaching success.

The Coaching Spirit

  1. Believe in Human Potential for Greatness
  2. Fulfillment Flows from Adding Value to Others
  3. Bring Out the Best in People and Let Them Lead
  4. Use Influence Rather than Position
  5. Thrive on Challenges and Flexibility
  6. When We Grow Others, We Grow Ourselves
  7. A Coach Still Needs a Coach

Relationship and Trust

  1. Maintain Authentic Rapport and Humor
  2. Touch a Heart with Care and Sincerity
  3. Practice Integrity and Build Trust

Asking Questions and Curiosity

  1. Curiosity Ignites Your Spirit
  2. Ask Questions that Empower and Create Buy-In
  3. Avoid Judgmental and Advice-Oriented Questions
  4. Powerful Questions Release Solutions
  5. Asking Great Questions Requires Practice

Listening and Intuition

  1. Listen Rather Than Tell
  2. Be Present and Turn Off Your Inner Dialogue
  3. Avoid Jumping to Premature Conclusions
  4. Be Impartial and Nonjudgmental
  5. Listen Deeply, Use Observation and Intuition

Tip: Click here to learn how to meditate for clarity, intuition and mindfulness. 

Feedback and Awareness

  1. Embrace Feedback to Triumph
  2. Awareness and Acceptance Cultivates Transformation

Suggestions and Simplification

  1. Get Consent Before Giving Suggestions
  2. Use the Power of Simplicity
  3. Study the habits of successful people

Goals and Action Plans

  1. Establish Goal Ownership and Commitment
  2. Create Strategies and Action Plans for Goals
  3. Keep Score of Goals and Action Steps
  4. Use visualization techniques to maintain focus and to leverage the Law of Attraction

Accountability and Accomplishments

  1. Support Goals Completion Continuously
  2. Accountability Drives Accomplishments
  3. Acknowledge Efforts and Progress

You can read about each of these principles in more detail when you download the first chapter of Coaching for Breakthrough Success FREE here.

Remember to focus on the energy your students emit, as well. It helps to think of motivation as a shower that fades after a few days, compared to inspiration which is like a fire that never burns out. If you need a quick energy boost, then check out Brian Tracy's motivational AND inspirational quotes about success to get your spirit back on track. 

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  • Tony Savickas

    Great tips on how to have success as a coach! I know very well what it takes to be a coach and i must agree that these are all key to my success as a coach!

  • Laura Berger

    I especially appreciate "a coach needs a coach" in your list of principles under the coaching spirit section. I find it very amusing when I tell people that I hire coaches/consultants to work with me and they give me a puzzled look. They often say to me, "What do you mean you have a coach? You coach CEO's." I giggle and say, "yes, which is why I need a coach." ...and then we laugh because they are the CEO. Thanks for reminding me of the passion I have for my work and for sharing what you have to teach to the world.

  • Jacki Whitford

    Great coaches make great leaders. I worked for a large restaurant chain when I was in my twenties that evaluated its middle and senior management based on how well they had coached and managed their management team, and how well the management team coached and managed their restaurant staff. I learned early that it was my responsibility to coach myself and those who worked with and for me in order for me, my team and the corporation to continue to grow. I still use those lessons and principles and am grateful you have put them into a book we can all use as a reminder to practice these principles on a daily basis.

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