What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a synergistic relationship between a life coach and a client that helps the client tap their full potential. Coaches assist clients who want to make a change or reach a personal or professional goal. They act as a motivator, strategist and accountability partner in the process of growing and developing a life plan. The coach asks guided questions to help identify goals, develop action steps and build accountability.
Coaches work to uncover client strengths and open awareness of patterns and self-limiting beliefs. As clients become more mindful of their perceptions and self-limiting beliefs, they are better able to stretch their goals in the direction of growth and development. Much like an athletic coach, a Life Coach is a developmental assistant that helps grow the capabilities of their clients.
What are the differences between Life Coaching and Counseling?
Life Coaching is a non-therapeutic process in which a life coach is focused on the present and the future. Life coaches are non-advising and non-consulting, and their role is to ask questions to draw out answers from the client. They work with clients who are seeking ways to improve their life circumstances and maximize their emotional health. Life Coaching is goal driven. Coaches work with the client to define specific goals that are unearthed through questioning. Life coaches hold clients accountable for their progress while providing the client with structure and encouragement.
Counseling is a therapeutic process focused on the past to assist the client with a particular problem or pattern in their life. Counselors utilize their knowledge to help uncover sources of emotional pain in order to assist a client in recovery. They work with clients who are seeking to identify and resolve problems or trauma that interfere with daily life.
What are Life Coaching goals?
Life coaching’s overarching goal is to work with a client toward a paradigm shift in viewpoint, feeling, and perception of the world. It is about life transformation inspired by a client identifying a clear vision of what they want, creating and writing a plan, taking action, and being accountable. Other goals include helping clients to prioritize what they value, and to make informed decisions that are rooted in what they feel is important. All of the aforementioned goals aid a client in making lasting and positive changes in his or her life.
What do Life Coaching sessions include?
Coaches begin with a client agreement form and a description of Life Coaching services. Coaches often use assessment tools to guide the process and assist in defining purpose, goals and desired outcomes. These tools provide essential material for crystallizing a client’s life purpose, as they identify specific goals and action plans. Coaches utilize other assessments that aid a client in identifying personal values and work preferences and that guide them to mindful living.
Sessions are structured based on what is important to the client. What is it they would like to discuss? What new perspectives they would like to share. Concerns they have. Challenges they have experienced. Accomplishments attained.
Coaches talk about goals and commitment to action. Clients work to identify and to overcome self-limiting beliefs and roadblocks. The Coach and Client set completion dates for each action they ascertain will aid in their progress.
A Life Coach asks guided questions posited at the right time to catalyze and lead clients to their purpose. A Life Coach takes what may seem muddled and guides the client towards clarity. A client is able to unveil their inner truth, and this leads to a paradigm shift. The shift empowers clients to make permanent and positive changes in their lives. Clients begin to experience transformation in their feelings and their perception of the world, and they begin to create their desired future – the ultimate benefit of Life Coaching.