Conclusion

As Plato states in The Republic’s Allegory of the Cave, to step forward into the real world, one needs to focus on science, knowledge, belief, and opinion. The need for change will emerge from one’s coordinates between the intelligible world and the visible world. Coaching invites thought to step forward from the world of becoming into that of being.

Coach is a change catalyst. Understanding a coaching model and participating in a coaching relationship can provoke effective and sustainable change. A change that affects both the session agenda and the way the coachee thinks and acts, thus ensuring he will follow through the way forward.

Coaching is no success story. It is not necessary to love the prophet to believe the prophecy. Faith is not invited.  People are invited to see how coaching applies to them. Coaching is not only the vehicle to live your values, it is also the model you use every time you want to move on, to make a substantial change, to focus clearly, to nurture prosperity and mindfulness, to become unstuck when stuck.

As with C.P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”, coaching not only benefits the arrival at the final destination, the island of Ithaca, but also the “marvelous journey” towards Ithaca. “Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.”