LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you come up with a New Year's Resolution every year only to drop it within the first month? By partnering with a professional coach, you can make your resolutions stick.
Professional coaching is globally recognized as a valuable way to attain goals beyond the often short-lived New Year's resolutions, like finding a new career, improving communication skills, and developing better relationships.
"Making New Year's resolutions is easy, but keeping them is the hard part," International Coach Federation President and Master Certified Coach Giovanna D'Alessio, MCC, said. "A professional coach can help you define your goals, hold you accountable to your action plan, and equip you with the tools and resources you need along the way."
The ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, the latest research commissioned by the International Coach Federation (ICF), found that people are turning to professional coaching to attain goals in their personal and professional lives. More than two-fifths (42.6 percent) of the study's respondents who had experienced coaching chose "optimize individual and/or team performance" as their motivation for being coached. This reason ranked highest, followed by "expand professional career opportunities" at 38.8 percent and "improve business management strategies" at 36.1 percent. The study also showed that coaching is being used to help people increase their self-esteem/self-confidence and manage work/life balance.
"A coaching partnership offers clients a confidential space to explore ideas, problem-solve and establish a realistic, clear plan of action to reach desired outcomes," D'Alessio said. "ICF research shows that coaching is helping the majority of coaching clients achieve their goals."
Not only is coaching helping people attain their goals, but it is also proven to be a very satisfying experience as a result. The Global Consumer Awareness Study reports 83 percent of respondents were "satisfied" and 36 percent were "very satisfied" with their coaching experience.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of working with a professional coach to achieve your personal and professional goals this New Year, visit Coachfederation.org to learn more and begin your search for an ICF Credentialed coach.
The Global Consumer Awareness Study, which surveyed 15,000 individuals representing 20 countries, was conducted independently by the International Survey Unit of PwC. Learn more about this groundbreaking research at Coachfederation.org/works.
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.
The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 17,500 members in more than 100 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is the only organization that awards a global credential which is currently held by more than 6,960 coaches worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.coachfederation.org.
SOURCE International Coach Federation