Your questions about coaching answered
The easiest way to describe what to expect with life coaching is to understand what it is not.
What life coaching is not:
So, what is life coaching:
A coach is like an action-oriented guide working alongside you to help you remove blockers to success, and help you achieve your goals.
While most coaching calls seem seem like a conversation, the job of your coach is to listen to what you're saying, what you're not saying, the areas for further insight, discovery, and growth, and to be a mirror for your own personal growth.
Coaches operate from a mindset that everyone is creative, resourceful, and whole which means you are the expert of your domain and already have the answers you need inside of you, but simply need powerful questions, listening, and coaching to help you uncover them.
Where most people in your life (e.g. your boss, partner, friends) have their own agenda, the only agenda of your coach is yours! When you win, your coach wins.
Here's the list of differences to the left.
(Courtesy of "Becoming a Professional Life Coach")
People seek out coaching because they need want more of life. Whether it is guidance or help getting unstuck, finding balance in life, or want to kick it into the next gear -- coaching will help.
People often arrive at coaching because they're feeling unfulfilled or uncertain about their future. Maybe the person knows why they're unsatisfied, or maybe they don't. A coach can help a client get to the root of what's holding a person back, whether it's self-limiting beliefs, lack of confidence, lack of desire or motivation, environments, or more.
Too often in life we turn to our friends or family to help provide us with insights, advice, or counseling, but there's a problem with that. And the problem with this is that our friends, family, and colleagues aren't equipped with the right skills to help and frequently they have an agenda or stake in your success (or lack thereof).
Life coaches are 100% in service to you, and their goal is to support and champion you, your dreams, and help you to make them a reality. They have zero agenda other than what you want, and when you win, they win. You can accomplish whatever you want, and a coach helps you to make it possible.
If you're looking for detailed reasons or ways in which a coach can help, here are a few:
You'll often find that there are many different types of coaches out there.
These are just to name a few! The field is so prolific due to the industry advising coaches to "niche down."
However, any coach will tell you that whatever your goals are, it's likely they intersect with your life -- making all of coaching, life coaching.
"How you do one thing is how you do everything." -- Anonymous
Behind every successful business visionary, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, there is a coach.
Here's a list of commonly known people who have had a coach:
While coaching has now become a status symbol, you'll openly hear more and more people discussing the conversations, work, or insights they had from working with a coach. There's a reason many people refer to their coach as their secret weapon.