What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a practice to assist you in determining and achieving your personal goals. You work with a trained coach using various methods, based on your specific needs, to set and reach goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illnesses, and coaches are not therapists, however therapists may also be coaches.
How does Life Coaching work?
Life Coaching aims to help you become more focused on your objectives and will help you achieve your goals more quickly than if you worked alone. Your coach will encourage you to act in ways that will allow you to gain a fulfilling, happy and successful life.
A life coach is a neutral party, and is non-critical and non-judgmental and should guide you to the recognition of your own personal potential in a way that impacts far greater than the contribution and support of friends or family, whose views may sometimes be influenced by other factors, such as their own issues and problems.
Your coach will be totally committed to you, but will always remain impartial. This allows them to assess the way forward and encourage and monitor progress by stages.
What can Life Coaching treat?
Life Coaching can help with all aspects of your life – family, career, finances, relationships, living environment, health and spirituality. If you are tired, successful but not happy, unorganised, ‘stuck in a rut’ or unsure of what to do, frustrated, afraid of taking action or making a decision, highly strung, overwhelmed, unfulfilled or feeling disconnected from purpose, life coaching can help you improve your overall quality of life and change the way you are living.
Whether you want to achieve a specific goal, find career direction, or overall life improvement, a Life Coach can help you remain focussed and committed, achieving results faster.
What to expect at a consultation
During your first session, your coach will introduce you to the coaching process, you will discuss what you expect to gain from your life coaching sessions and your current situation, as well as get to know your coach.
You will meet with your Life Coach in sessions, where you partner together to identify what you want out of life. You may make a plan, define what you want, discuss values and determine goals. You may also discuss what’s stopping you from achieving these goals. You and your coach will then prioritise your goals and may also come up with an action plan.