What does life coaching involve?
Life coaching is a creative, thought-provoking and confidential process that will inspire you to maximise your personal and professional potential. A life coach will honour you as the expert of your life and work, and believe you are creative, resourceful and whole.
Life Coaching helps you:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve
- Explore options and alternatives that work best for you
- Elicit self-generated action plans and strategies
- Hold you responsible and accountable
- Gain direction, structure, hope and positivity
- This process helps you dramatically improve your outlook on work and life
Entrepreneurs, executives, business leaders, actors, musicians, managers, small business owners, professionals, parents and home-makers all can reach their goals with the help of a life coach. If there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, you will benefit from life coaching. Not only will your life coach help you close the gap, he/she will help you work through your limited or unhelpful beliefs, challenge you to think bigger and help you create a specific plan of action.
What can be discussed with a life coach?
There are many things you can choose to discuss with a life coach. Some examples are:
- Managing career transitions
- Transitioning to a different life stage
- Starting a business
- Growing a business
- Dealing with work-life balance issues
- Making an important decision
- Making an important transition
- Overcoming time management problems
- Struggling with clearing clutter
- Getting organised
- Setting and achieving realistic goals and objectives
- Overcoming feeling stuck
- Filling a gap in skill or confidence
- Accelerating results
- Gaining clarity with choices to be made
- Planning for business, career or life
- Creating financial security and independence
- Identifying and working on internal blocks and fears
- Communicating powerfully and clearly
- Building depth in relationships
- Finding the ideal career/work or business
- Finding the ideal partner/love/relationship
- Identifying core values and passions
- Fulfilling personal and emotional needs
- & much, much more…
How does life coaching differ from counselling?
Counselling is a safe space to discuss thoughts, feelings, behaviours and events from the past, present and future perspective. Life coaching is a safe space to discuss goals, behaviours, beliefs from a present and future perspective. Life coaching does not focus on the past and is therefore future oriented. Another distinction is that life coaching typically does not allow for too much of emotional processing of situations, unlike counselling where processing emotions is a critical part of the process. In life coaching, there is a focus on action plans and ways to move forward. If there are blocks from the past and there is a need for healing, the life coach may refer you to meet a counsellor.
How is life coaching delivered? What does the process look like?
Globally life coaching sessions mostly happen over the telephone. TalkItOver offers both face-to-face life coaching services and telephone life coaching services. We recommend the first session to be face to face as it helps build rapport with your life coach.
Each session is a one hour process. The sessions are spaced once a week, once a fortnight or sometimes once a month, depending on many factors. Typically a life coach will work with you for 4 to 6 months to ensure your goals are achieved.
The process begins with getting clarity on the outcome of the coaching relationship and the goals. Once realistic goals are created, then the coach will help you explore your current reality, internal blocks and future alternatives and options. Consequently, an action plan is created and implemented to achieve desired outcomes.
Benefits of Using a Life Coach
There are several benefits of having a certified life coach support you. Some of them are:
An accountability partner :-
your life coach keeps you accountable to your goals and action plans thereby ensuring you reach your desired outcome
A safe space to explore yourself :-
life coaches are trained in specific competencies like listening, empathy and questioning that helps create a safe and non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and ideas freely
A sounding board :-
your life coach will often act like a sounding board helping you gain clarity on desired goals and outcomes
An evidence based process for growth :-
studies have shown that having a life coach has increased the probability of achieving results than otherwise
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