Many people who I’ve spoken to recently don’t really understand what life coaching is. I don’t blame them; the term is still pretty new for most people. The industry has actually been around for many years, but it’s only become more popular––and more regulated––recently. People may have heard of famous life coaches like Tony Robbins, but have never worked with one on a personal or professional level. So they don’t have a lot to go off of, or to compare to.
When most people hear the words “life coach”, they tend to try and relate it to other professions they’re familiar with like therapists, consultants and other types of coaches they know of like physical trainers or business coaches. That’s not a bad start, but there are definitely major differences between all of these professions.
First of all, life coaches don’t dwell on the past like therapists do––we focus on the present and the future to help clients reach their goals, no matter what those are. Not to discount the work that psychologists do––they are very important in helping people work through trauma and other mental health issues. We may even refer our clients to therapists if we feel they’d be better served by this type of professional.
We also aren’t consultants––we don’t tell you what to do, instead we work with you to come up with solutions of YOUR OWN. Consultants are results-driven, but they usually rely on their expertise in a particular area to give their best recommendations based on what you present to them. The difference is that coaches co-create solutions with you, based on your needs. We stay unbiased and guide you through a creative process to discover your own next steps. However, we will still challenge you when we think you need it or when you’re “staying small.”
The reason this is important is that when you stop working with a coach, you’ll have learned how to be more resourceful and will take ownership of coming up with your own solutions. If you work with a consultant, it will be a lot harder to know what to do since you’ve relied on their expertise to tell you what to do and you most likely will have to go back to them to keep progressing forward.
Training is important
And finally, there are many different coaching styles and training methods out there. I was trained in Whole Person Coaching® by the Coach Training World in Portland, Oregon. I believe being a trained coach is important, as there are many coaches out there today who have absolutely no training and they go off of their “own experience” instead of actual training. While some may be able to get away with that, I know if I was going to invest in a coach, I would want someone who was actually trained to do it properly vs. someone who just kind of “figured it out” as they went along.
Training helps me to stay neutral as I coach others and not ask leading questions which may alter their outcome. I also have a number of advanced tools I use to help my clients go deep within themselves for total transformation. Finally, continual training allows me to work on my own “stuff” to better serve you. If I had no training, it would be hard for me to stay unbiased and not try to lead you to a certain outcome that I think it best for you. The way I was trained helps me to let the client lead the session on their own terms vs. me trying to take over the call with my own agenda. This way, you get what you want out the session and we work on whatever is most important to you.
“Whole Person Coaching is an advanced, holistic coaching method dedicated to helping clients create fulfillment by fostering balance, flow, vitality and harmony in all aspects of their life. It works with the whole person mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, recognizing and embracing the complexity and interconnectedness of all parts of their life.
Whole Person Coaching encourages clients to become self innovating so they can design, create and sustain the life they’ve always wanted to live, drawing on their own strengths, gifts and wisdom for success.“
Some benefits of coaching:
- A coach helps you get to the root of your issues so you can change your beliefs and behavior for good
- You can reach your goals faster because you’re supported while you’re working through obstacles and coaching helps you move through them instead of getting stuck
- You’ll get instant accountability––and that’s what is needed to keep moving forward on your goals
- You become self-innovating throughout the process so you can sustain your success on your own
Would you like to learn more? Schedule a free consultation to learn more about my programs and to see if they’re a good fit for you.