What is Life Coaching All About?
Updated: May 12, 2021
Well this is a good question to ask!
And I love a definition! So let’s start with one!
"Coaching is an on-going partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. Beginning with knowing the clients' desires - coaching uses reporting, exploring, and a consistent commitment to move the client forward to where he or she desires to be in life. Coaching accelerates the clients' progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow." - International Coach Federation, ICF
#LifeCoaching is all about helping people get from where they are in their life to where they want to get to. If everyone is being honest with themselves, I think we could all do with improving an area or two of our lives. But why don’t we do anything about it?
Everyone knows what to do in life to become more successful but they don’t do what they know. It is a Life Coach’s job to help people get what they want in life in by breaking down the barriers that people impose on themselves.
For me this grew from a desire to expand on the experiences my clients have in Fitness & Dance classes. I wanted to offer more then the counts in class and expand beyond the studio doors. I loved watching people uncover parts of themselves or reach goals with my guidance and am always the teacher happy to stay and check in for an hour after class may end.
Every coach's styles and approaches vary and what they are offering. I am excited to tie in my movement training in some aspects of my programs but offer much more in regards to coaching as well. (You don't need to dance to work with me - but a shake it out dance party every now and then is good for the soul!)
Like Dance or Fitness, the way an instructor or trainer will encourage you, ask you questions about your motivations and any barriers that you face and will help you reach your goals. A Life Coach does the same as a Dance or Fitness Trainer but with areas of your life.
This could include:
Confidence and self esteem
- Feel good about yourself
- Remove the self doubt
- Meet new people and feel confident
- Speak in front of groups
- Know what career is for you
- Get a better job
- Do your job better
- Get a promotion
- Start your own business and go it alone
- Develop listening skills
- Work through problems with your partner
- How to get through tough times
- Build stronger bonds
- How to communicate with anyone
- How to make small talk with strangers
- How to get your point across effectively
- Improve your health
- Reduce stress
- Aid with a healthy eating plan
- Aid with an exercise plan
Dreams and achievements
- Set some compelling goals
- Work out what you want from life
- Provide direction and purpose
- Have more fun
- Have more energy
- Earn more money
- Save more money
- Work out and stick to budgets more effectively
Getting what you want in life
- Becoming more organized
- Getting rid of barriers and negative thinking
- Manage your time more effectively
- Discover your values in life
- Remove the clutter that bogs you down
- How to stay focused
The role of a life coach
Rather than actually TELLING someone the answers, a Life Coach is the catalyst for getting a client to find the answers themselves.
By asking challenging and thought provoking questions, a Life Coach can unlock the potential in a client. Coaching is forward looking and focused on the action you are willing to take to get what you want out of life.
Sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees! You are so wrapped up in everyday life that indeed life just passes you by!
Well, coaching enables you to see different alternatives and to take a step back and actually examine your life and all of its component parts.
This in turn leads to greater:
A Coach Is . . .
Your own personal trainer to enable you to achieve your goals
Your champion during a turnaround.