What is a Life Coach?
A brief introduction to Personal Coaching
When I first had the idea for becoming a Life Coach, I pushed it aside. It seemed a bit "woo woo" and no one (read as me) would take it seriously. So instead, I listed the things that were energizing: helping people achieve goals, listening and caring for others, encouraging and challenging people around me, and holding people accountable. One former roommate made me her accountability partner for eating healthy. When I caught her in the kitchen with an Oreo in her mouth, she asked, "Do you want me to spit it out?" Absolutely. Right into the garbage. Knowing that I took my commitment to her seriously, she may have regretted her question. #extremeaccountability
A Life Coach helps people expand their visions, build their confidence, unlock their potential, increase their skills, and take practical steps toward their goals. Our goal is to help realize their potential and strive toward it. It is proactive, building, growing, and moving individuals or teams from where they are to where they want to be. #vision #potential #lifegoals
Life Coaches use lots of different titles representing their niche: health coach, financial coach, career coach, success coach, transformational coach, relationship coach - the list goes on and on. Each of them encourage, guide, and walk with their client to make strives in their niche. Coaches are an objective party, keeping confidences and giving honest feedback.
Coaching is often confused with counseling, consulting, or mentoring. All have a valuable purpose, but the focus is different. Lines may seem blurred at times, but Patrick Williams and Diane S. Menendez from the Institute for Life Coach Training give a great succinct definition:
Counseling or therapy deals mostly with a person's past and trauma and seeks healing.
Consulting deals mostly with problems and seeks to provide information, expertise, advice, strategies and methodologies to solve them.
Mentoring deals mostly with succession training and seeks to help someone do what the mentor does.
Coaching deals mostly with a person's present and seeks to guide him or her into a more desirable future.
Coaching is a great way to get a boost to achieve a goal and will focus you on overcoming "the gap" and obstacles. For more information, please contact email@example.com.