If only I had a pound for every time I was asked “What is a life coach?” Because it’s tailored to the individual, it sometimes feels like people only really get what life coaching is once they’ve experienced it. But in an attempt to answer the question…
A life coach helps people set and achieve personal or professional goals. They work with clients to identify their aspirations, challenges, and values, and provide guidance and support to help them make positive changes in their life or business.
Life coaches use various techniques and tools to:
- help clients clarify their goals
- create action plans
- overcome obstacles
- stay motivated
Life coaching is a collaborative process where the coach and the client work together to explore what the client wants to achieve or change, identify any limiting beliefs or patterns, that are holding them back and develop strategies for personal growth and success.
The coach typically asks powerful questions, actively listens, and provides feedback and accountability to assist the client in making progress towards their goals.
Life coaches can address various aspects of life, including career, relationships, health and wellness, personal development, time management, and overall life balance. Coaches don’t give advice; they help the client discover their own solutions and empower them to take action.
It’s important to note that life coaching is not therapy or counselling. Coaches do not diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Instead, they help individuals create and work towards their chosen outcomes, promoting personal growth, increased self-awareness, and improved overall well-being.