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WHAT IS A LIFE COACH?
The ICF (International Coaching Federation) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional development.
A life coach is a person who is professionally trained to know how to ask the right questions, actively listen, and communicate effectively. A life coach empowers and counsels individuals by providing them with a unique set of tools and techniques to help them maximize their personal and professional potential. The role of a coach is to help push you to identify your goals, and clarify obstacles that are holding you back. They hold you accountable to overcome those obstacles by helping you come up with different strategies unique to your situation.
WHAT DOES A LIFE COACH DO?
A Life Coach motivates clients to explore their values, strengths and capabilities using a solution-focused approach in order to help them reach their life, relationship and career goals. Coaching does not focus on your past but rather focuses on the here and now and what is needed in order to make it better.
A coach will analyze your current situation and help you identify your limiting beliefs and any other challenges you may face that are getting in the way of your personal and/or professional development. They will then help you come up with action steps in order to make sure that you are achieving your set out goals.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A COACH?
The benefits you will experience working with a Life Coach will be unique to you and will be based on your specific goals. Some of the positive outcomes that will come from spending time with a coach are:
Improved work/life balance
Feel more confident
Personal development and growth
Positive outlook on life
Identifying and challenging negative thoughts
Learning to communicate more effectively
Achieving weight loss/fitness goals
Finding the right partner
Building stronger relationships
Exploring core values
Managing life transitions
Overall, clients will see improvements in specific areas of their life if they choose to work with a coach. They will also achieve effective goals quicker and more efficiently than they would if they were to just work on their own.
HOW DOES LIFE COACHING WORK?
The first step in coaching is defining your aim of the session and your vision. Using a specific structure and format, a coach will help you by asking you specific questions, and then creating a custom action plan that will best suit what you’re looking to achieve. Some questions you can expect a coach to ask are:
What is it that motivates you?
What is it that you’d like to achieve by the end of our session today?
After answering the questions your coach sets out for you, you’ll work alongside your coach to identify any obstacles and limiting beliefs that have been holding you back. You will continue to explore questions such as:
What negative thought patterns have been holding you back?
How have these patterns impacted you and how can you move past them?
After exploring all the right questions with your coach, you and your coach will create achievable goals. Your coach will help you determine your long and short term goals while making sure that they are aligning with your core values. You will then work on creating a plan of action and decide when and how you will commit to the action steps.
Your coach will always be there to hold you accountable and to encourage you through every step of the way. If obstacles arise along the way, you will receive the tools and techniques to help you cope with them. Your coach will frequently assess what is working well and what isn’t with the action plan so that if any modification needs to be made, it can be done accordingly. This will ensure constant success and motivation!
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER WORKING WITH A LIFE COACH?
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and are looking for guidance, accountability and encouragement, a coach is the right person for you! Get ready to work towards a happier and more meaningful life for yourself. If you are looking to build more confidence and improve your mental health, you can find yourself reaping from the benefits of working with a life coach.
Life Coaching clients are ambitious people who are willing to put in hard work and dedication to be the best versions of themselves. There are so many kinds of people that use life coaches which include actors, creatives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, homemakers, and anyone else who finds there is a missing puzzle piece between where they currently are in life and where they would like to be.
MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A COACH IS TO:
1. Discover, clarify and align with what YOU want to achieve
2. Use MY (the coach’s) expertise to modify goals as needed
3. Encourage YOUR self-discovery and growth
4. Elicit YOUR own generated solutions and strategies
5. Hold YOU responsible and accountable
6. Encourage YOUR productivity
This process will help you dramatically improve your outlook on work and life while developing leadership skills and unlocking your true potential.