What is Life Coaching
Life Coaching is about facilitating change in people and assist them with gaining perspective on their problems. It is a professional partnership between the coach and the individual which focuses on the discovery of one’s life direction. Fulfilling potential, paying attention to the smallest detail in everyday life by promoting the process of understanding overall life purposes. Life coaching is a now and future-minded practice which works to identify what is working and what is going well, going from functioning to thriving. It looks to the future whilst keeping the client firmly in the present.
It focuses on an individual’s entire life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and change. Life Coaching compared to counseling, therapy and mentoring, is a two-way communication that allows you to realize your own potential and make changes in your life to accommodate successes and other essential milestones. It is about transformation, which helps bring about personal changes to influence success. Changing your personality or outlook on certain matters, can create the best version of yourself such as achieving your goals, changing your career, acing that interview, finding a life partner or even solving an ever-present problem.
WHAT DOES LIFE COACHING ENTAIL?
Even though Life Coaching may have similarities of therapy and mentoring the fundamental difference is that Life Coaching is not clinical, and does not dwell on, or in the past, in fact it focuses on the present and the future performance and effectiveness throughout a broad range of life issues. It is often orientated towards promoting health, wholeness and good decision making. Life Coaching embarks on a journey towards fullness and calling with emphasis on the future and how to pursue passions and dreams. It usually includes establishment of personal goals and measures progress toward objectives. Whether you are facing life’s difficulties or struggling at work and unable to maintain a good relationship, regular Life Coaching is generally a partner, a guide and a catalyst that can help you discover your own calling and define your own way to make progress towards your objective.
LIFE COACHES PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE SUCH AS:
- Stress management and finding a balance
- Spiritual as well as personal growth
- Maintaining intimacy and relationships
- Planning and development of career
- Development of entrepreneurial spirit
- Time management and motivation
- Balancing family life and parenting
- Harnessing creativity for professionals
- Managing budgeting and finances
- Managing health and fitness
- Keeping a healthy lifestyle and aging gracefully
- Accepting and respecting yourself
Coaches believe that the power to transform a client’s life lies with the individual. In most cases, they do not realize their potential or simply feel too complacent to make changes. With Life Coaching, you can determine your goals, desires, strengths and weaknesses to find out exactly how you can use different skills and strengths to achieve your goal. Life Coaching simply helps you understand the potential rather than provide quick shortcuts or solutions.
SIGNS THAT YOU MAY NEED A LIFE COACH
Although Life Coaching has an approach that is personally designed according to the needs of each client, there are no formal procedures or medical diagnoses to determine whether or not you need a Life Coach. A number of telling signs ultimately, indicate whether or not you should hire a Life Coach. A professional and experienced Life Coach can help you with a number of challenges like:
- Your need for more happiness
- Eliminating low self esteem
- Feeling overwhelmed with everyday tasks
- Loss of purpose or meaning in life
- Lack of support in personal or professional sphere
- Lack of motivation to improve health
- Lack of direction in career or love life
- Need for support during trying times
- Coping with deadlines and multitasking
CONNECTING WITH YOUR LIFE COACH
A little prep work before you visit a Life Coach can prove helpful in maximizing your coaching but there aren’t any set rules about what you should do as a client. It’s just a matter of figuring out what your coach wants and blending that with what works for you. Before you rush through different professionals, it is very important to do an introspect. Figure out exactly what you need out of your Life Coach. Write down your challenges, concerns and the goals you want to achieve.
Life Coaches analyze your state of mind as well as your plans for the future, they offer valuable advice coupled with constructive criticism to help you cope with different aspects of your professional or personal life. Keep an open mind about your shortcomings and remain willing to change for the better.