By Dr Peter Chee and Dr Jack Canﬁeld
A great coach understands that fulfillment flows from adding value to others. They instinctively know that their life purpose to coach is a clarion command to serve a greater good. A lasting sense of joy and satisfaction is created when coaches fully live their life purpose centered on adding value to others. So how does coaching add value to others? Here are different ways how coaching makes a profound difference in the lives of others:
Consider the case of James, a successful trader based in Berlin. By all accounts he had it all, money, authority, and notoriety for making successful big bets. Yet, he felt empty and unfulﬁlled. The opportunity for transformation came when he met a coach during a morale improvement exercise organized by the ﬁnancial institution.
The coach helped James to identify what was causing feeling of emptiness. It was found that James was shoehorned into his current career by over-demanding parents. As someone who liked technology and computers, he preferred to be developing ﬁnancial technology rather than working the trading ﬂoors. On his down time, he would read up on the latest ﬁntech developments and dabbled in making his own ﬁnance apps.
The discovery came after the coach gave James a template to ﬁll out each week over a period of 12 weeks. He wrote down what he did well and enjoyed doing at work. It was difficult at ﬁrst, eventually the realization came when he compared what he liked to do against what he was good at. He liked to be involved in technology; but was good in trading.
This revelation broke open the dam in James. “I now know what I really liked and engages my giftedness. All these while I felt that I could be doing something else, knowing that I should embrace and combine my strengths and passions is a revelation indeed.”
So, by knowing what James wanted in life, the coach assisted him to map out a new career. A path which combined his skill in making successful trades, and his love for technological development. The breakthrough came when he made giant contributions to the digital development department in creating a trading app. This trading app for the client-facing side of the business enabled his organization to tap new markets and customer segments for business results.
By helping James experience fulﬁllment, the coach also feels the same. A fulﬁlling job engages the strengths and talents of a person in contributing to people, the organization, and the community. This applies both to the coach and to the coachee. Coaching can ultimately bring happiness, satisfaction, and meaning to the life of the coach, as well as to the people being coached.
When world-renowned leadership author Richard Boyatzis asked people who had been the most valuable people to them in their careers, he found that most people said that it was those who had helped them extend their dreams and reach for new positive experiences in their lives. On the other hand, those people who highlighted people’s faults and made others feel small were not valued.
There are many people in the world who seem to work very hard and achieve success, money, and fame—yet a true sense of lasting fulﬁllment is still largely absent from their lives because they have not dedicated themselves to serving a greater good. The positive emotions of true fulﬁllment tend to come most strongly as a result of hard work and sacriﬁce in the service of an end that is bigger than yourself.
Consider Nobel Prize winners such as Nelson Mandela, Albert Schweitzer, and Mother Teresa. These people were less interested in their positions or possessions than in their contributions to others. Study their lives and you will notice that they wanted to make things better for others. A coach who sincerely lives this principle does not see coaching as a task or a job but as a privileged calling. By doing so, he or she makes life really worth living. A coach’s fulﬁllment ﬂows from adding value to others.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those that have sought and found how to serve.