A life coach is someone who aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals.
This can include excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring your potential and achieving ambitions.
By harnessing techniques based on core psychological principles and intuition, life coaches provide clients with the tools to confidently face difficult situations and push past emotional barriers.
A life coach will never try to be an ‘agony aunt’ – he or she will never attempt to tell you what to do. Life coaching is about objectivity, structure and empowerment, not instruction or indoctrination.
At the heart of it all lies the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principles behind life coaching, which include:
- A) Subjectivity: we all have different perspectives of the world – no one perspective is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.
- B) Empowerment: it is within everyone’s capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. With the help of life coaching, anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.
- C) Guidance: there is a difference between an instructor and a guide. An instructor shows a person exactly what to do, whereas a guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is a guide, not an instructor.
What happens during a session with your life coach?
Life coaching sessions will typically last between 45 minutes and 60 minutes (depending on the life coach you choose). Sessions can be conducted over the phone, face to face, over email, via Skype and occasionally through instant messaging.
During the session, your life coach will ask you a number of questions, such as:
- What you want to get out of life?
- What areas you’re unhappy with?
- Where you’d like to see yourself ending up?
Although a life coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don’t feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately.
Life coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. A life coach should also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals. Source: Extract from Articles on the Life Coach Directory website
As a ‘life coach’ one investigate a range of areas. Within this, we may choose to home in one or more specific area(s) such as health, spiritual, business, relationships, family, careers, coaches, ….. The service is available to everyone, including entrepreneurs, business owners, managers or even employees, and general public. To find out more about what we offer, please visit our Life Coaching Services page.