Life Coach: a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges.
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Now let's dive right into this. Coaching is a practice used for people who want positive change in all areas of their lives. Coaches generally don’t care about who you were in your past (no offense). You could’ve been the high school over achiever, the girl who was a little risqué and developed early on in life, or the kid who sat alone at lunch. Coaches DO NOT CARE. We look at who you are today, who you want to be, and what blocks you have that prevent you from getting there. Therapists generally dive into a clients’ past experiences to calculate why you are the way you are. Now don't get me wrong, therapy is very important for many people. Some people desperately need to go back in time to figure out certain triggers or behaviors in order to create that positive change. That being said, most people who seek coaching instead of therapy are people who have a strong desire to make their dreams a reality.
What To Expect:
Now here’s the cool thing about coaching: coaches are guides. As a coach myself, I will rarely tell a client what they have to do. Instead, I provide questions that help the client realize that they have the answers within themselves. I will usually provide a client some sort of homework assignment based on the goals we’ve made together.
For example: If a client wants to write a book by the end of the year, I will ask them what he or she can accomplish by the end of the week to make that goal happen faster. Typically, the client would say that he or she will begin creating an outline for the book. After the client comes to that decision, it is fully up to them to carry out that goal.
I personally don’t care if he or she meets their goal or not. But what I do care about is holding my client accountable for what they said they would do. If someone doesn’t reach their goal, I will go back and help them figure out what blocked them from reaching that goal. As a coach, I hold my clients accountable for making their dreams become realities. No dream is too far fetched.
Results From Coaching:
Coaching isn’t for everyone. It’s definitely a very “new age” concept. However, the results that come from coaching are incredible. Clients tend to feel empowered, self centered, worthy, acknowledged, and capable after coaching sessions. The client will ideally walk away having a better sense of self, a certainty of their life purpose, and greater appreciation for their life. By asking challenging questions to my clients, it encourages them to look at their lives from new perspectives as well as come up with new solutions to personal problems or external problems. The coaching experience helps people set measurable goals made up of specific and manageable steps. As a result of doing this, a client will gain the tools and techniques to face any blocks life throws in their way. Basically, clients learn how to kick ass in life. End of story.
Love & Light,