Although the dictionary plainly defines coaching as the job of a
professional coach, this activity involves a sophisticated form of
teaching aimed to help individuals in the development of inner
qualities and physical aptitudes, or just for gaining self-esteem and
confidence.

Coaching is a term that was coined in the Great Britain during the
mid-19th century in relation to sporting activities. Once the idea of
coaching took root in the United States, coaches were hired to
encourage sports teams, and the way in which coaches helped athletes to
develop their full potential did not go unnoticed by professionals in
many other fields.

Derived from sports coaching, nutrition coaching and fitness coaching
emerged in the last 20 years to help people develop a sense of
wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle. The baby boomers generation
developed another form of coaching: business coaching.

Combined with teamwork, business coaching
has helped literally thousands of people attain their goals by
developing their skills in full by means of a designed strategy based
on a plan comprising different points of action.

There are also coaches whose mission is helping people to cope with
social demands, reducing stress and encouraging spiritual and leisure
activities to gain wellness and health.

In fact, coaching work consists of helping people balance their
activities and learning to achieve harmony with their family, their
work place, or just their environment.

Depending on the coaching program, people can be subjected to different
challenges to motivate their interaction with the world, including
initiative games, problem solving activities, and team building
exercises. These team building exercises promote leadership based on
experiential activities.

Today, coaching is so important to the individual that there are
associations of professional coaches recognized internationally.
Depending on the field of expertise required, coaches may offer
synchronous and asynchronous training individually or to two or more
individuals.

The range of coaching styles include organizational coaching, systemic
coaching, team coaching, executive coaching, business coaching,
ontological coaching, individual or personal coaching and dissertation coaching.

Mentoring, supporting, and encouraging people, coaches are committed to
help their clientele to analyze and solve their problems, approaching
them from an optimistic point of view.

Therefore, coaching is not longer an activity expressly designed to
assist students or sports teams. Coaching is a useful aid for any
individual requiring professional support in any aspect of their lives,
or reaffirming their principles.

Getting closer to a coach is rediscovering the old saying: “where there is a will there is a way”.