What is Life Coaching?
Life Coaching originated from America about 20 years ago. A Life Coach helps a Client to attain direction, crystallise their business and personal goals, and supports the Client to achieve them. Coaching issues can be very broad-ranging and can include personal issues, relationship/family issues, career, time management, work/ life balance, and preparing for retirement. It can assist clients to consider what they are most passionate about; bring about the change required to work towards living their dream, and lead to a more meaningful, happy, fulfilling life.
Life Coaching focuses on the present and the future rather than the past, although acknowledgement of the effects of the past is taken into consideration. When a goal is clearly established the Coach will then explore the situation with the Client and consider options available to work towards achieving the goal. Activities are agreed at each session and the Coach then supports the client to complete them.
The Coach has no vested interest in the Client and is therefore totally independent. The Coach is an impartial listener who acts as a ‘sounding board’ and helps the Client explore all their options, primarily through questioning techniques. A Coach does not give advice but will give honest feedback and challenge the Client to step out of their ‘comfort zone’ when necessary. Anything that is discussed is completely confidential as the Coach builds a trusting, supportive relationship with the Client.
Coaching sessions are motivational, can help the Client to take control of their life and become ‘master of their ship’. The sessions are geared towards bringing positive change to the Client's life, helping them to develop confidence and create a sense of well being by feeling in control.
The sessions can be over the phone or face to face at a mutually agreed location. Sessions can vary between 45 – 60 minutes. All sessions have an e-mail backup.