Why a Coach Training School Matters in the “New” Normal
Somewhat unbelievable, even one year later, when our coach training school, the Jay Shetty Certification School, took in our founding members on March 2020, we all thought that the pandemic was just a blip on our path. That we could “flatten the curve” and prevent disaster with a three-week stint of strict lockdown! In retrospect, we knew nothing and did not understand the changes that were to come in the next months and years.
Coach Training School Changes Lives
Of course, our passion and purpose with the coach training school were valid and admirable. To change the lives of billions of people for the better by training coaches to apply their skills in their families, communities, and countries. Wherever they live, they can make a difference by unlocking the potential that people suppress within themselves, for whatever reason. Many of us have limiting beliefs, a fixed mindset, and instinctive reactions steeped in many generations of struggle and survival. A good coach helps a person to reflect on and become aware of these thoughts and habits. Awareness makes clients see their potential and unlock the hope and courage to Change.
The challenge that no one predicted was the overall impact that months and years long restrictions in movement and social expression would have on our collective soul. Humankind is a social species. We desperately need touch, attention, interaction, and acknowledgement. Without these freedoms that we took for granted for a long time, we wither.
Depression and Anxiety Increase Significantly During Covid
Before Covid, the World Health Organization estimated that depression affects more than 264 million people worldwide and 284 million experiences clinical anxiety every year. Looking beyond this annual prevalence, other studies found that more than one-third of adults are affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime and one-in-five suffer from depression. What is even more troubling, is that most of these cases go untreated.
A year after the start of the pandemic, these numbers are even more dire. The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues and policies, reports that people suffering from mental illness and substance use have increased 10-fold in the past year. Many adults are reporting negative impacts on their health and wellbeing such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.
Coaching is at the Forefront of Making a Difference
So, how can a coach training school help? We teach our students the key competencies that stimulates a positive mindset and produce positive change and the skills to apply the principles in practice in self-development and with clients.
The benefits of talking to someone who is listening attentively without judging are well established. Being to trust another person in a safe space changes the brain. The natural chemicals released makes a person more receptive to positive feelings of hope, creativity, and resilience. Over time, these changes become structural, which shifts your emotional baseline so that thoughts and actions are more mindful and productive.
Imagine what good coaching can do if much more accessible to help the world collectively become tougher and more adaptable and bounce back quicker and stronger from unexpected challenges?