What is Life Coaching?
Coaching is a professional partnership between a client and a coach. You can think of it like hiring someone whose sole job is to champion and assist you in achieving your goal(s).
The by-products of coaching tend to be:
- Increased productivity
- Increased clarity
- A greater sense of self-worth
- A deeper connection with your Authentic Self
- Better communication in your relationships (therefore, deeper & richer relationships)
A Professional Coach is:
- A truth-teller
- An accountability partner
- A cheerleader for YOU
- Someone who will help you identify any limiting or outdated beliefs that might be holding you back
- Someone who will challenge you to face your fears head-on, even when you think you can't
- Someone who sees your Authentic Self and encourages you to keep listening to your truth, even if (and especially when) it's scary or difficult
Working with a coach can assist you in taking real action steps toward creating your goal or project in a specific period of time. A coach helps her client stay focused on where they're going, while at the same time plays the role of truth-teller, accountability partner, and the one who will challenge her clients to face their fears when/as they come up.
A coach’s skills are about knowing the right questions to ask and having the right tools and techniques to empower her client to find their own answers within.
The client is the only expert in his/her entire life who truly knows who they are and what they need. They are the only one who can recognize what is absolutely best for them. That being said, a coach simply helps them discover what their own personal best might look like.
What a Professional Coach isn't:
- An advice-giver
Contrary to popular opinion, a coach’s skills are NOT about telling their client what to do. Rather, they are about knowing the right questions to ask and having the right tools and techniques to empower their clients to find their own answers within.
This is because the client is the only expert in her/his entire life who truly knows who they are and what they need. They are the only person who can recognize what is absolutely best for them. A coach simply helps her client discover what their own personal best might look like and how to achieve it.
- A friend
Some people think, "I can just get support and advice from my friends. Why would I pay someone for that?"
Sure, you can get advice from your friends; I mean, we often get it even if we don't want it!
Unlike a friend, however, a coach is trained professional whose committed to telling you the truth as she sees it in service to your growth (this is sometimes difficult in friendships, due to the nature of the relationship). Since she isn't a friend or family member, she has the unique position and neutrality to ask the hard questions and give the tough feedback others might not be willing to give. This outside perspective and honest feedback is invaluable to the process of growth and change.
- A comfort zone
Working with a coach isn't always comfortable because change itself isn't comfortable.
A coach will regularly challenge you to get out of your comfort zone so you can stretch and grow into the best version of you.
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