Life coaching, as defined by the International Coaching Federation involves “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
In working with a life coach, a person experiences a sense of partnership and support in achieving their personal goals. The work is done in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment. Regular coaching sessions provide the person with a dedicated time to focus on what they want to work on. The coach helps the person design the action steps that will take him or her to the achievement of his/her goal. Coaches hold the person accountable, provide feedback and encouragement which increase the person’s motivation.
Life coaching is for individuals of any age and background who have a desire to achieve a particular goal or a series of goals. Working with the coach, the individual identifies personal or professional goals they want to achieve. Life coaching draws inspiration from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and positive adult development.
Personal development includes activities that improve self-awareness or self-knowledge and a stronger sense of identity, develop talents and potential, build on the person’s strengths, build human capital and facilitate employability thereby increasing wealth, enhance lifestyle and quality of life, improve health and social skills, and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
Coaches help clients make changes in their lives by helping them observe and understand present conditions, establish goals for the future, and determine action steps.
A life coach can be counted on to be understanding, a respectful listener, deeply interested in your concerns, gentle yet direct, intuitive and insightful. A life coach will ask you the hard questions knowing that you have the answers within but may not know the pathway to get to them. A life coach knows that you have the wisdom to know what is in your best interest. A life coach is your cheerleader to living your best life!
Imagine an athlete, a dancer, or just about any professional making their dreams a reality without a coach.