Why Life Coaching
Top Ten Reasons Coaching is Important
- The life coach’s job is to share what he or she sees and senses, not to solve your problem. You handle your own self-improvement. The coach will share wisdom, steps, counsel, and feedback but will avoid creating dependency.
- You do the work, not the coach. Some people think that the life coach has all the answers, can tell them exactly what to do, or should prescribe all the actions. This not effective toward finding your purpose. The life coach’s job is to ask for more than you can reasonably do.
- The life coach may ask for the moon and settle for the stars. You can always decline or negotiate.
- Your life coach is your success partner, not your cattle prod or accountability service. Your life coach can support you to take actions, but the best coaching occurs when you are self-generative vs. being pushed.
- The life coach works with you as a person, not just on your situation or goals. The life coach will talk with you about who you are, where you come from, where you are at, how you think, assumptions you have made, what motivates you, etc. in order to discover life purpose and set appropriate goals.
- The value of life coaching isn’t based on how much time is spent in session. Great progress can occur in 60 seconds…when the right thing is considered at the right time.
- The original goals may be changed or abandoned. Few of us really know what we want. The real goals often emerge during the mentoring process.
- Sometimes the life coach will work on strengthening you, before or instead of encouraging you to accomplish something. A strong foundation is critical to a lifetime of personal growth in the direction of discovering your purpose.
- The life coaching sessions are not the key aspect of the coaching process…it’s how well you integrate and use what was discussed between sessions. By the way, you may ask the life coach to coach differently, if needed.
- This is not about a new fad called “life coaching”, but about who you want to be in life.