Coaching has come of age since its emergence in the late 1980s. The coaching profession evolved from a branch of psychology known as the field of “Positive Psychology.” Today the coaching field combines mentoring, training and motivation and is here to stay.
What is Life Coaching
Life Coaching involves a partnership between the coach and client. Through a process of inquiry the client is empowered to uncover her own inner wisdom. The objective is to successfully move towards the realization of goals and dreams. The coaching happens in private consultations and/or group sessions.
While Life Coaches may vary in their methods, the common thread is about refining the client’s aspirations and over time turning goals into realities. The usual method of coaching lies within the dialogue that allows patterns and solutions to emerge. Then the astute coach is poised to facilitate the client’s actions leading to success.
The Life Coach examines where a client’s life is currently, where she would like to be and bridges the gap by clarifying the vision and implementing a strategy. This process involves homework, conscious thought and effort on the part of the client. If a client makes a serious commitment to the coaching work, the benefits can be enormous.
While coaching does not replace the role of the therapist when emotional problems prevail, it does move people from feeling stuck personally or professionally to feeling empowered. The Life Coach focuses on the client’s strengths and operates from a positive perspective. The effective coach inspires, motivates and creates meaningful action plans. A Life Coach stays in touch every step of the way through the process and can provide follow-up.
Statements that suggest seeking the help of a life coach
- I want to transition out of my current work situation, but I don’t know where to begin.
- I’m afraid… I’m disorganized… I’m unfocused… My life is so unbalanced…
- My life seems to be working okay, but I think things could be better.
- I want to enjoy these years of my life, but I’m not exactly sure how to go about that.
- There is never enough time for me in the day. It’s always about work and taking care of everyone else.
- I think I would benefit from talking to someone who will help me to realize my dreams rather than talking to someone who puts the kibosh on my ideas.
- I feel isolated at home or at work and need support thinking through some innovative ideas.
- I want someone neutral yet motivational to help me move through this difficult transition.
The Benefits of Having a Life Coach
- You get to talk about challenges and transitions, goals and dreams without being judged, interrupted or criticized.
- Your Life Coach will challenge your beliefs and assumptions in a constructive way.
- You are afforded the time and space to sort out your challenges and opportunities.
- Based on the data you provide and the conversations you have with your Life Coach a new level of insight can be added to your self-awareness.
- Coaching often involves a time-limited piece of work around a specific goal.
- The support you receive is completely confidential and focused entirely upon helping you to become more successful in your endeavors.
- When you are lacking clarity about important next steps you need to take in your life, the Life Coach can guide you through the process of self-discovery and help you develop a plan moving forward.
What would you want from working with a life coach?