What is Life Coaching?
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What is Life Coaching?

Life coaches work under the belief that the solutions come from you. At the end of the day, nobody else knows more about your life than you do. Life coaches are simply trained to have a thorough understanding of how the mind works. They help you direct your thoughts , gain a deeper understating of what drives you, and align these to achieve your goals.

When you hear the word coach, what image instantly goes through your mind? That’s right, Sports! A coach is someone who calls the shots. He lays out the plan, tells you exactly what to do, and barks at you until you get the result.

So when people typically hear the term, Life Coaching, for the first time. You can imagine a billion questions suddenly poking their minds. Life Coaching? How does that work? Is it similar to how they people are coached in sports teams? Wait, isn’t that like counselling or therapy?

Today we will shed light to what Life Coaching is really all about. If you have questions similar to what was previously mentioned, then you came to the right place.

What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching, simply put, is a method of helping people identify and achieve their personal goals.

You may think, “Okay. So it is similar to coaching then? As in, coaching in sports teams. He/she guides the team in achieving their goal. The coach strategizes the plan, tells you what you need to do, and barks at you till you get it done.”

The straight answer is no. Life coaching works very differently from how sports teams are typically coached.

Life coaches work under the belief that the solutions come from you. At the end of the day, nobody else knows more about your life than you do. Life coaches are simply trained to have a thorough understanding of how the mind works. They help you direct your thoughts , gain a deeper understating of what drives you, and align these to achieve your goals.

This is very different from how a sports coach is expected to operate. The assumption is that they have the knowledge, and they have the solutions. And therefore the strategy, the goals, and the directives come from them.

Life Coaching… is that like counselling or therapy?

This is a very common question. Again, the straightforward answer is no. Counsellors and Psychologists are trained to help people with specific mental conditions. This is a million miles away from what life coaching is.

A life coach’s focus is to simply help you identify and achieve your goals. Whether it be overcoming procrastination, gaining confidence, or just figuring out what you really want and being driven to do it.

How do you know if you can benefit from life coaching?

 Here are some tell-tale signals if life coaching maybe for you;

  • You feel there’s something in your life that needs to change, but you can’t pin-point exactly what it is.

  • You already have a goal in mind, but are overwhelmed about how you can get started.

  • You already know what to do. But somehow, you can’t seem to get yourself to take action.

  • You feel that you lack confidence in the decisions you make, or the actions that you take.

What can you expect from a life coaching session?

Here are four tidbits on what you can expect from a life coaching session:

#1 You will not be judged or criticized.

Individual respect and non-judgement are key principles that life coaches uphold. We all have different experiences, beliefs, and values. All of these make up who we are, and they are meant to be honoured. Life coaches are engrained to have this conviction.

#2 Everything you discuss will be confidential.

Confidentiality is part of a life coach’s code of ethics. Everything you discuss will remain between you and your life coach. Apart from it being a strict policy, this level of respect is essential helping people you identify and achieve their goals.

#3 You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

At the end of the day, the session is yours. It will be about you and what kind of support you need.

But inevitably, you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself through the process. This is because coaches are going to help you understand what really drives you. You will learn a lot about yourself. In terms of your values, beliefs, and drivers.

#4 You will be held accountable for your own standards.

A coach is someone that holds you in a high regard. He/she will assist you in living up to the standards that you will be setting for yourself. And they are trained to help you align your thoughts and actions to these ideals.

Where can I find a life coach?

Typically you can search for life coaches online. The average session takes about 30 to 60 minutes long. It can be done through skype, over a phone call, or face to face. The rates vary and would mainly depend on which coach, their specialization, and what medium the session will be given.

Life coaches typically provide a free trial session. We encourage you to avail of these so you can decide whether or not a particular coach suits you well.

We wish you well on the journey that we call, life. And we hope that this article helped answer some of the questions you may have had on life coaching.

Want to learn more? Then come give me a buzz at Strategy Life Coaching!

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