One of the things I’ve been trying to do recently in talks and articles about coaching is to demystify the coaching process. Like Toto in "The Wizard of Oz", I want to pull back the curtain and show that being a coach isn’t about being all-knowing, all-powerful, or some type of magical guru. That seems to be a common misconception about coaching in the popular culture – that your coach will somehow grant you your true wish via some type of series of magical tricks.
But the truth about coaching, coaches, and the characters in the Wizard of Oz is that what is needed, what is true, what is forthcoming, all resides already within you.
The scarecrow already was brilliant; the tinman already had a heart of gold; the lion already was the king of the forest, and as brave as can be; and Dorothy could go home whenever she wanted to. The Wizard was really just a man from Kansas, but the journey the characters took to see him allowed them to find out for themselves what was really true about them.
So, like the characters from that movie, what coaching is about taking the journey to find your own truth inside. It’s already there.
What’s already true about you?