A few weeks ago, I stepped out of my office and ran into a colleague named Al Faatz, who had just finished a day of coaching clients. What inspires me about Al, is how sharp his mind is and his love for coaching, which he still does even at 75 years old.
The great benefit of coaching is you can coach well into your senior years. There is something about time, experience, and maturity that helps one help others grow. In hiring my own personal coach, I look for important traits that work for me; some alignments with philosophy of life, an understanding of the psychology of success, being ICF certified and having a fair amount of life experience, which only comes with time.
A study by the University of Michigan (2010), concerning the advantages and contributions of being older. Here is what was discovered; heightened ability to imagine different points of view, or see the bigger picture. Extended thinking of multiple solutions, higher skill level at dealing with social conflicts and greater emotional intelligence. The wisdom that comes from experience, maturity, and time are vital elements for coaching others toward success. Just run into Al Faatz and see for yourself.
Here are 3 truths concerning maturity, experience and time:
- BETTER WITH EXPERIENCE: Yes, just like fine wine gets better and better with age, well so do coaches. There’s a lot to be said about going around the block a few times. We learn and grow from our exposure to daily living. Consider this, all things we go through, the good and the not so good, are of value to the coach as well as to the client for further development.
- BETTER WITH MATURITY: I love this quote, “If I would have 50 years of living, I certainly would give 25 years toward preparation.” In other words, focus on preparing yourself, it matures you. A study concluded that people over 50 were happier overall, more positive about self-well-being and managed the ups and downs of life more effectively. This could only happen as we mature.
- BETTER WITH TIME: Age is a huge topic for there are over 100,000 books written on the subject. The question is, how will you invest your time as you age? I once heard John Maxwell, author and speaker, say, “Time grows all things.” Indeed it does, and coaching others to grow to make this a healthier world is the perfect aging lifestyle.
Carl Casanova, M.S.