To receive coaching is to have a dedicated listening ear, a safe place to explore what you want, and a mirror to reflect back who you are. A coach believes in your best self, and supports you in living that best self.
Laura Whitworth and her coauthors in “Co-Active Coaching” describe coaching in this way:
“Coaching is not about solving problems, although problems will be solved. It is not primarily about improving performance, attaining goals, or achieving results, although all of that will certainly happen in an effective coaching relationship. We believe that coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important choices.”