What Does a Life Coach Do?
I am sure you know what an athletic coach does: They help an individual or team identify what it takes to win and develop a practice/workout/fitness plan for the person or group. A Life Coach is the same thing. Life Coaching focuses on what is happening and what the person wants next. A Life Coach is a thinking partner on how to get there. The goal of engagement with a life coach is always forward movement.
The International Coach Federation, an international organization I belong to as an ACC, describes coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
My approach to coaching is a very co-active one. The client and I collaborate as we move things forward toward their life goals. We talk a lot about the saboteurs and gremlins in their thinking that may be the resistance to change. I am trained to listen, observe, and customize my approach to individual client needs. I believe that each client is naturally creative and resourceful. All the while, the client deepens the self-awareness, self-discovery, and learning that becomes part of that journey. I see my role as the coach to pour sunshine on the path for the client to become more than they thought was possible and have a transition in life that is significantly more satisfying than imagined.
We do this in a confidential setting where clients can express their thoughts and frustrations. There is no judgment, only empathy.
Topics here include career changes, professional or personal relationships, couples looking at becoming empty nesters, and those ready to move on after the death of a loved one or a divorce.