It’s almost like it’s become one of those new buzz words that is fun to use but no one truly knows what it means. Life Coaching.
“Are we making life a sport?”
“Is this a different way to say therapy?”
What a Life Coach is NOT:
- a counselor
- a therapist
- a consultant
- a mentor
- a parent (who is going to rule over you)
Now, with that out of the way…
What a Life Coach IS:
Most simply, a life coach is a professional who supports people in change. Whether you’re seeking to make change in your life or life is making changes for you, a life coach supports you in moving forward. They focus on progression and growth.
What Can a Life Coach Help You Do?
- Solve Problems
- Reach Goals
- Design a Plan of Action
- Make Decisions
The possibilities are endless but most things that a Life Coach does can be put in one of those categories. A lot of coaches stick to a niche because… well… it’s what they’re good at! When you’re experienced in a particular situation and have a track record of success it just makes sense to focus on that.
Example Life Coaching Niches:
- Business & Career
- Health & Fitness
- Family & Parenting
Didn’t know there was a coach for that? A lot of coaches get even more specific than those categories listed above. There’s coaches that focus solely on adoption or solely on building communication skills. There really isn’t a limit on what you can accomplish by working with a life coach because you are in the driver seat.
Why Does Coaching Work?
The biggest value a coach lays on the table is discovery. Because if light has illuminated everything, you will very clearly see your answers. Making that decision isn’t scary when you can clearly see all the information you need. Discovery isn’t as scary when you have a compassionate, nonjudgemental, advocate standing beside you along the way. Certified life coaches have been trained in the process of bringing discovery as well as what happens after the magic of discovery: creating a plan and knocking it out of the park! Discovery can look like identifying stumbling blocks, unlocking personal needs, establishing vision, unveiling limiting beliefs, etc. Some of that might sound simple and it is – once the discovery has brought it about. But oftentimes when we feel “stuck” those are the types of things beneath the surface just beyond our peripheral. The road blocks we don’t see but hit over and over again.
There’s the basics. What life coaching is not, what it can encompass, and why it works.
Help Me Out?
What questions first come to your mind about coaching? I’d be so appreciative if you either commented them at the very bottom of this post or email me here:
Knowing what I haven’t answered clearly is INVALUABLE to me. Whether you’re interested in a life coach or not isn’t as important to me as knowing what further questions this post has spurred. Thanks!