Let’s admit it, there is still quite a lot of misunderstandings around what life coaching is. Some consider it to be counselling, others a form of therapy, and others again simply hot air. Part of the stigma may come from the name itself: life coaching. Who are you to teach me about life, you ask?
But the term could be indeed misleading, if it is not backed up by an educated knowledge about this profession. So, without further ado…
What is life coaching exactly?
You could think of life coaching as a type of mentoring that will guide you through your journey of self-discovery.
Okay, but what does that mean?
Whatever your goal is — a career turn, improving a relationship, stop drinking so much, relieving your stress, getting out of your own way, etc. — it is often quite difficult to figure out the exact steps to take in order to become fully aware of your current status and achieve your objectives. A “third-party” perspective, in such cases, is absolutely crucial to help you evaluate the situation with a more objective eye. That’s exactly why a life coach is so important.
Life coaching is not black magic
It won’t make you suddenly rich, nor solve your problems in a blink of an eye. It is a journey that helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, values, vision, your deep desires and priorities, giving you full access to the tools you already have within yourself. That’s right, you already have them. A coach helps you identify them with penetrating clarity that helps YOU create the right approach for how to grow into the person you want to be.
As part of this journey, a life coach will encourage and counsel you on a series of selected issues. But there’s a very important difference with therapy: a life coach will never give advice nor administer therapy. And precisely because it is not therapy, life coaching should be accessed to literally everyone. Yes, to other life coaches too.
This incredible journey that you will establish with your life coach, whether as part of a series of private sessions or as part of group coaching sessions, will help you:
Identify your truest priorities and goals
Feel encouraged and motivated in pursuing your goals
Acquire new strategies to integrate useful practices in your daily life
Be accountable along the entire process so that you can increase your productivity
Life coaching is an asset that you can use in a specific moment of your life or as an ongoing tool.
Life coaching benefits
Did you know that training and coaching leads to an increase of 88% in productivity, versus 23% from training alone? And that return on investment in training increase from 22% to 88% when supported with coaching? You can’t really ignore those numbers, and that’s why you should definitely consider the services of a life coach.
Ready to experience life coaching?
Now that you have a clearer overview of how life coaching could help you, you might want to actually experience this yourself. First of all, you can join a group coaching session, which is a very affordable and powerful way to see how a coaching session is structured and how you respond to it (in fact, although life coaching can benefit everyone, it could still not resonate with some people, who could prefer a different self-discovery journey). In this way, you’ll become familiar with the tools and terms used (such as journaling, saboteur voice, wheel of life etc.) and will be ready to make the next steps towards a more empowered, more confident, clearer life.