What is Life Coaching
“Life Coach” is and can be a broad statement that often leaves people wondering exactly, “what is a life coach?" On the one hand, Life Coach is broadly used to cover a menagerie of niche markets for which a person may want some assistance. As the word “coach” implies, there are people trained to help “assist” or “coach” individuals needing help in those specific fields or specialties. Some examples are, just to name a few: Academic Coaching, Business & Career Coaching, Executive Coaching, Motivational Coaching, Spiritual Coaching, etc.
On a less broad scale, (depending on how you look at it!) a Life Coach can also be a generalist. That is, a person who assists clients with life in general.
All technical jargon aside, a life coach simply helps a client work through the challenges in their lives which are preventing them from achieving the goals they want to achieve. A good coach does this by asking building questions whereby the client and the coach come to identify what the roadblocks are and develop strategies for creating a work around. After that, the coach will help the client to make clear, informed and less biased decisions and provide the strategies and resources needed to get the task done.
A life coach works on the future, not the past, but looks at the past for repeated patterns and weaknesses. Because change can be hard sometimes and breaking through those self-limiting beliefs can be a challenge, a life coach can guide you as you step outside your comfort zone. A coach should also help keep the client feeling motivated and “connected” while at the same time creating a sense of accountability. Oh, and let’s not forget, a life coach should also be your cheerleading squad when you overcome those hurdles and reach those long-anticipated goals!
A coach in any field of expertise should ultimately help the client find clarity enabling them to change their "mindset", create a "vision" identifying a clear sense of what the client wants, and develop a personalized step-by-step "plan of action" to help the client move toward their goals. The journey you take with your coach should lead you to your destination.