What is life coaching and what it isn't?
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
What if there was a way you could reach your maximum potential? Are there things you’ve always wanted to do but for some reason, haven’t pursued or reached them yet? There's a process through which one can realise their goals. And it’s called Life Coaching.
“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
― John Wooden
What Life Coaching Isn’t
Life coaching is different from counselling or therapy. In the latter, the therapist or counsellor helps the client process a painful situation and offers guidance. Life coaching, on the other hand, is for those who want to do better in their life. The areas of improvement could be their career, relationships, health (mental & spiritual) or even a passion they’d like to pursue. Coaching can help such individuals to identify their goals and create an action plan to reach those goals.
The process of life coaching is a gradual process and analyses one's belief system. A coach will determine a person's limiting beliefs and guide them accordingly. Life coaching, unlike therapy, is focussed on helping the person shape their future and not just regress their past. A coach, also doesn’t simply offer an opinion, rather enables the person to reach decisions, which is a critical difference between therapy and coaching.
So, What exactly is coaching?
The process can be simplified into the following stages
2. Setting goals
3. Reaching goals
Life coaching enables a person to identify their goals in life, which is a huge task in itself. The reason behind this is, most people aren’t taught to think about their lives in terms of setting and reaching goals. From a young age, most of us are taught to follow a set path of education, job and family with kids. Coaching can help an individual discover what success really means to them. An experienced coach, asks the right questions and uses tools that helps an individual to gain better understanding of what they want from their lives.
Life coaching can help you get clear about the area of life you’d like to improve and excel at. Is it your career you’d like to grow in? Or it’s perhaps your relationship or health? Maybe you’d like to pursue a creative interest?
There are coaches who specialise in each of these areas. You can benefit greatly from working with coaches who have specific expertise.
2. Setting Goals
Once a person has gained clarity about what matters to them in their life, it’s time for the coach to help them set meaningful goals. This step may sound repetitive and may even be confused as being the same as gaining clarity. However, the stage of goal setting is critical. Goal setting, when done properly can be one of the best things one can do for themselves.The science behind setting goals
You can use our free goal worksheet to start setting your goals.
3. Reaching Goals
Life coaching can help you stay on track with your goals. However, a life coach is neither an “agony aunt” nor do they only offer advice. A good life coach will, instead, provide a framework using which it’ll be simpler to achieve your goals. This framework varies from person-to-person, as it depends on individual beliefs, fear, strengths and weakness.
A coach can help you with unlocking your potential and live a life that you want to. Just like we exercise our physical body, a coach helps you exercise the mind.