What is Coaching?
What is a Life Coach?
A professional life coach is someone who understands that you know best what you want for your life. Working in confidential partnership, a life coach supports your efforts to bring that deep wisdom into the light.
Together you set goals and make a plan for meaningful change. The process involves asking powerful questions and using discovery tools to help you create a new future.
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.”
A Life Coach will help when:
- Your work and life are out of balance
- You’re “stuck” and want to move forward personally or professionally
- You’re entering a time of change or challenge
- You wish to accelerate progress toward your current goals
- You need to identify your strengths and how to leverage them
- You want to realize greater possibilities professionally or personally
- You’re still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up
It may be helpful to understand what coaching is NOT:
- It’s not therapy ~ Therapy looks at the past, which you cannot change. A life coach acknowledges where you are today and looks forward to what you are becoming.
- It’s not counseling or consulting ~ These professionals identify issues, give advice and tell you what you should do. A life coach helps you find the answers that are already within.
- It’s not mentoring ~ Mentoring involves guiding and advising but there is an implied hierarchy. A life coach is an equal partner in the process of discovering your own wisdom.
- It’s not training. ~ Training involves presenting a program or curriculum and your job is to learn it. A life coach will not tell you what to do.