7 May 2020
What is life coaching?
A life coach helps you confront and understand conditions in your personal life that obstruct your growth towards your full potential, and gives you tools to change the negatives into positives.
Life coaching differs from psychological therapy in that it is future orientated. It does not probe into your past to try to explain your feelings and beliefs, but is geared towards identifying actions that will take you where you want to be.
Who needs coaching?
Quite frankly, everybody can benefit from coaching since it provides a safe, non-threatening opportunity to access within yourself the resources and solutions that you need to create a successful future. Clients may vary from ordinary people to the very affluent and top executives who all desire a better quality life but do not have the insight and objectivity to arrive at the solutions.
A life coach typically deals with issues such as life and career planning, motivation, self-esteem, relationships, productivity, delegation, conflict handling, leadership skills, time management, communication skills, assertiveness, problem solving, procrastination, lack of fulfilment, fears, and many others.
The coaching process
Coaching sessions are private one on one meetings. Professional integrity and complete confidentiality is maintained throughout.
A first, introductory interview takes place, followed by ten to twelve sessions of 60-120 minutes each. During the initial sessions the coach asks questions that help you gain insight into your values, beliefs and life and career goals. She listens with empathy and does not judge what you say or don’t say. She leads you to formulate compelling and inspiring goals and guides you towards defining strategies and actions for accomplishing your goals.
In subsequent sessions your coach will expect you to be an active partner in the process. You will have to do work in between sessions and give feedback to the coach. Most of the growth and results actually happen between sessions. Your coach regularly evaluates the progress that is being made.
After completion of the coaching process, maintenance meetings once a month are optional.
A good system shortens the road to the goal – Orison Swett Marden