What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a powerful tool to maximize your
personal and professional fulfillment
We all need a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to high stake situations.
We are given more responsibilities at work but know that we won’t succeed if we don’t address certain patterns and behaviors.
We want to establish our own business, yet we are afraid of being exposed. We are afraid that if we don’t address our fears, we may not realize our vision.
In times like these, it can be tough to determine how to get from point A (identifying a direction or goal) to point B (actually working towards that direction and achieve that goal).
This is where a life coach comes in.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.”
It's Your Life
If you take a step back, you will probably hear a narrative playing in your mind : “I want XYZ, but …”
I want to apply for a great internal opportunity at my workplace, but don’t think I am good enough for the role.
I want to stay calm during conflicts, but I get so emotional and don’t behave like myself.
I want to trust in myself no matter what, but when I see a decrease in clientele , I cannot help but feeling deeply insecure.
A life coach partners with you to work on these narratives. They help you to discern what you truly want, uncover the underlying obstacles that hold you back, and develop a plan to overcome those obstacles.
A life coach is a broad term. There are specializations such as business coaches, executive coaches, relationship coaches, mental health coaches … but a life coach helps you see patterns across different aspects of your life.
How is Life Coaching different from other forms of support?
A life coach helps to bridge your present with the future you desire. They uncover patterns of thought, feeling and belief that get in the way of achieving your desires. A therapist, however, examines your past and how it has impacted you in order to help you manage your present. In coaching, the emphasis is on what is possible: alternative perspectives and choices. Therapy focuses on healing through analysis and interpretation of the past.
In a coaching program, the coach works with you to create your overarching goals and vision . Each week, you work together on a small , manageable and relevant piece towards your goals. You are accountable for presenting a problem or a challenge to a coaching session and taking actions that you promise you will do between sessions. Each week, you move closer to your desired future.
Talking with a close friend may be helpful, but a professional coach is trained to offer undistracted listening and non-judgmental and thought-provoking questions to help you move forward. Coaching conversations are strictly confidential, allowing one to discuss things they may not feel comfortable sharing with a friend.
Mentoring is another way we seek support. A mentor usually helps you deal with technical challenges by providing relevant experience and advice. But we all have different challenges. Some challenges are more complex, so only focusing on the technical may only touch the surface of the issue. For example, some of us constantly procrastinate. We may think that we just need to manage our time better. But we neglect the internal challenges that are usually the core of procrastination. A life coach lasers in to help uncover your internal challenges. With increased awareness, you will make a bigger impact on your situation.
What are the benefits of receiving life coaching?
Life coaching conversations enable people to spend more time doing what they want, feel empowered to make decisions, and feel better about their lives.
Get to know where you want to be – faster
Uncover what is really getting in your way to allow sustainable shifts to happen
Have an objective listener offering non-judgmental observations to facilitate your new awareness
Move beyond obstacles that block you from achieving your goals
Design your own plan and create your own experiments to strengthen new paths
Achieve clarity around your authentic self – vision, purpose, passion, values, strengths, etc.
Sustain motivation to achieve your goals
Have a safe place to explore and express your authentic voice and honor your true self
Feel confident and empowered to make changes and live your dream
Do you think coaching with Lucy will help you with your situation?
For coaching to be effective, we need to assess the following:
Your situation is coachable
You are coachable
We feel comfortable communicating with each other