Feeling stuck? In a rut? Life coaching helps you identify and change those areas of your life which you find unfulfilling or unsatisfactory.
Coaching has been around a long time, but usually in the areas of business or sport: A business might call in a consultant to review its operations, or a tennis player might employ a tennis coach to improve his game. In these situations, coaches and consultants generally are experts in their own fields.
Not so with life coaching. The life coach is not normally an expert in, say, finance, even if the matters the client wants to discuss are financial. They will work with lawyers, builders, musicians, clergy and so on, but cannot claim expertise in any of these areas.
The life coach’s job is not to directly advise you. He or she will help you explore the balance of your life in several major areas, identify where you might wish to make changes, set desirable, realistic and achievable goals in these areas, and then assist in and encourage the change process.
So how would your ideal life look to you? What brought you here to where you are now? Was it a living dream in which your problems would disappear?
And how is it now? If you are really happy with all of it and things look perfect, you don’t need a life coach. Unfortunately for many of us, this is not the case, and life coaching may be the way to put things back on track.
In a first life coaching session, clients often are asked to look at their idea of a perfect life – and it may be that in many areas, this has been achieved.
Commonly, life coaches will want you to examine several critical life areas, such as health, work and career, relationships, spirituality, and financial status, and evaluate how you feel about them. Once the low-scoring areas—the ones that need attention—have been identified, coaches examine the client’s goals, strengths and weaknesses, and any blocks or challenges that might be in the way of achieving change. Then they can set goals which identify the client’s desired outcomes, and identify strategies to achieve them.