What is life coaching?
Life coaching is focused on helping individuals live their dream by identifying blocks and challenges as well as recognizing and actualizing skills, soulful purpose and untapped potentials. It is all about creating the positive changes that you long to be present in your life by helping you identify and achieve personal goals. Coaching will help you to not only direct your life by allowing you the freedom to challenge your perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, and actions, but it will also help you to truly define what your life means to you. Life coaches help clients set and reach goals using a variety of tools and techniques. Life coaches are not therapists nor consultants; psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the scope of their work. Life coaches draws inspiration from various disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring and other types of counseling.
Why Life Coaching?
At some point we all get stuck. We stay where we feel comfortable and forget what it was we really wanted to accomplish with our life. We find ourselves just going through the motions of day to day life, while hoping for an experience that will shake us out of our rut and make us feel fully alive again - where we would live each day with more satisfaction, health, success, joy, love and excitement. What does it take to get uncomfortable in the comfortable areas of your life? To stop merely wishing for all that you want and to start acting on it and making it happen? That's where a life coach comes in. The personal life coach often employs these five techniques (sometimes more) when working with a client:
- Values assessment
- Behavior modification
- Behavior modeling
- Goal setting
The client and their wellness coach have a personally designed life coach program. Reflection, questions, requests, and discussion help the client identify their goals. Plans of action and strategies are then determined. Everyday choices, whether profound or miniscule, are discussed and decided to best balance, fulfill, and satisfy the client. The life coach monitors the client's progress and keeps them accountable in terms of their action plan. The action plan grows and evolves as the client's needs and desires change. Observations and unbiased advice are necessary tools for a life coach, and the insights and skills to motivate the client. Positive affirmation is also important when a client reaches a goal or high point. However, a clear boundary must be drawn- the client takes the action and the life coach motivates it.
"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor." ~Henry David Thoreau