What does Life Coaching really look like?
The Coach and Client relationship is a unique nonjudgmental and confidential relationship where the Coach observes, listens and provides the Client tools to formulate measurable ways so that the Client’s individual goals can be reached.
What is the difference between Coaching and Therapy?
There is a difference between Life Coach and Therapy. Therapy heals the past and unresolved wounds. Therapy can be helpful if going through extreme grief or having gone through trauma. Life Coaching focuses on where you are now and helps you move forward towards creating the future that you want. Consistently focusing on what you want and how to get there rather than the obstacles and problems getting in the way- Life Coaching focuses on creating solutions and building a new life towards your goals.
Individual Life Coaching is powerful because you work one- on- one with your Coach and design a unique plan to obtain your individual goals. At a scheduled time you meet with your Coach over the phone or Skype. Throughout the coaching relationship, the Coach asks powerful questions that help you access your best information, talents, emotions and self. You discover not only what you want to achieve, but your personal why. The Coach also provides support, objectivity, structure, energy, positivity, insight and tools. You will be given action steps to take in your own life or exercises to complete between sessions. This ensures that you are being held accountable to achieve results.
Beliefs – Thoughts – Emotions
Coaching understands that the way you think profoundly influences the way you feel, so learning to think differently can enable you to feel and act differently. A Coach helps strengthen certain patterns and brain connections, making it easier to think new thoughts and create new habits.
Assessment, Goals and Results
There are multiple steps in coaching, starting with assessing your current situation. We then discuss the desired outcome you want, and look at anything that has or could block you from achieving that desired outcome.
Once that is established, you will set specific goals that can be both performance and behavioral based. The goal could even be to work on creating a new habitual thought pattern. From there we will design actions and create a strategic plan. A Coach will guide you and keep you accountable as you implement the plan, and monitor progress. We’ll continue to look at the results and adjust the plan as needed.
There are many potential areas of impact in a coaching relationship, including the following:
Balance – Time Management, Organisation, Fulfillment, Scheduling
Communication – Having difficult conversations, assertiveness and people pleasing
Body Image – Confidence, Body Love, Self-Care
Relationships – Areas of influence, friends and family, dating, marriage
Career – Dissatisfaction in career, gaining clarity, strengths and values
Finances – Money management, beliefs about abundance
Happiness – Dealing with stress and anxiety, finding what brings you joy
Mindset – Learning to relax, transforming your inner-critic, learning to think new thought patterns about yourself.
As you can see there are multiple ways that a Life Coach can help you. Anyone can benefit from having a Life Coach for a period of time, as they will reflect patterns and blocks you may not have seen, identify clear goals, and be in your corner every step of the way.