There seems to be a new craze emerging in nearly every sphere of life and industry…life coaching. I’ve seen coaches come on the scene specializing in health and wellness, business strategy, marketing and brand development, general life skills and other highly specific industries. The options really do go on and on.
So what exactly is life coaching? The idea of life coaching began in the eighties and was born out of a need for help that was more than sporadic consulting and less than traditional counseling. People were looking for not just someone to tell them what to do, but to walk the journey with them encouraging them along the way, making slight but monumental adjustments at key points and arriving with them at the achievement of their goal. While the industry as a profession isn’t new, it’s popularity is gaining both speed and volume rapidly in our present day society.
When you hear the word coach or coaching, you probably first think of a myriad of sports…football…baseball…track…hockey…certainly not the things I mentioned above like team communication. But it was actually the sports world that inspired the growth and development of the life coaching industry. People have always known the value of a great coach in sports. Coaches are often the difference between a win and a loss, between getting into the post season or not. Now, we are taking that same principle and applying it to other spheres of life, society, and business.
Dictionary.com defines a life coach as “a person who advises clients on how to solve their problems and reach their goals in life.” Life coaching is different from counseling and consulting in that it is a partnership where the client is in charge. A coach isn’t here to tell you what to do…they are here to help you discover what you want to do, offer suggestions and walk with you as you do it. For those of you needing a visual, here is a diagram from Real Change Inc. This is from their coach training program outlining where coaching fits into the grand scheme of the growth and personal development options available to us.
My personal philosophy with coaching is simple…I don’t want to give you a generic 5-step program that doesn’t meet your individual needs. I want to create individualized, unique steps and activations to help you achieve your own goals and dreams. My job as a life coach is to encourage what is already inside you to come out, to ask the right questions so you can decide what your goals are and then to walk with you as you achieve them. And at the end of the day, I think the most important question you can answer is why? Why are you here? Why are you doing whatever it is you are doing? Why do you want to do something different? There are 1000 how’s to accomplishing your dreams, but there is only 1 why. I love helping people discover their purpose because once we do; you will be able to answer why for the rest of your life. Let’s start your journey today!