When I started studying psychology, people often asked me one question: why psychology? And I really did not like this question at all. Why? Because, there, on the spot, I couldn’t think of anything better than ‘Because I would like to know why people do what they do’. And somehow, this just did not sound very profound or satisfying. After receiving my degree, I taught and tutored first year students and 7 out of 10 times, when I asked them this very same question, I got the exact same answer I gave a couple of years before. (Wondering what the other 3 answered? Because I love to work with people or I didn’t know what to choose, so I chose psychology).
And now, as a coach, if you ask me the question why I chose this profession, I still have to think about the answer, giving coaching gives me such pleasure, but why? Is it still the ‘Why do people do what they do’? It is true that is intriguing: Why stay in a situation that makes you miserable? Why choose not to live your life a 100%? But there is a difference between now and then: now I also know that changing something is so very hard. Changing your life, your patterns, getting out of your comfort zone, it is not easy at all and provokes all kind of emotions you maybe didn’t sign up for! The trick in giving coaching is to explore where certain behaviour comes from (is it the habit of doing things? Or maybe you are scared to change? Or perhaps you do not want to fail?), without ignoring the emotions that might come up. And once my coachees succeed in achieving their goals, then I feel that the real answer of why I chose this profession should be: because for me there is nothing more satisfying and grateful than helping other people feel happier. Very simple, actually :)