What's a Life Coach?

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You're a life coach? That's so cool!

Umm… what’s a life coach exactly?

Don’t feel bad if you’ve ever wondered what a Life Coach is or does. This is truly the most common question that I get asked. If we’re being completely honest here,  it wasn’t until I started my training that I realized exactly what it was myself. 

So, let’s get the technicalities out of the way and see the textbook definition:

Life Coaching is the art and practice of enabling individuals and groups to move from where they are to where they want to be.

Life Coaching IS partnering with your client. Listen, we’re working together. This isn’t my story, it’s yours. I’m not going to coach you based on how successful something has been for me, and then try to manipulate and force you to try it. My goal is to uncover what works best for you, and then to set a timeline of goals and action steps that will ultimately lead to a lasting change. 

Life Coaching IS dealing with your present. A Life Coach deals with your present to fix your future. Anything that you’re dealing with now, at this moment, that you want to ultimately address so that your future looks different, is most definitely coaching. If you’re experiencing issues in your life right now due to deep emotional scars of your past, that’s counseling. I’m a huge advocate for counseling, I’ve been to counseling and it was absolutely necessary for me to get to where I am today. But I never would’ve been able to come to the place I am in coaching, if I had not broken those past chains first. 

Life Coaching is about setting goals and actions. You haven’t just hired me to be one of your girlfriends that offers you a listening ear and then sends you on your way. This partnership is absolutely about me asking those discovery questions and actively listening to your answers, but that’s so that I, and so that you, can get a complete awareness about where you are and where you want to be. Then, together, we’re going to set the foundation and make a plan that starts you down the road of success. You can talk about what you want or how you wish things would be all day long, but until you put the action behind your words, all they’ll ever really be are wishes. 

In essence, Life Coaching is for the person who’s ready for a change, but just not sure how to bring it about. You don’t have to wait until you have this “major” problem come up to hire a coach. I can help you with something as creatively inspiring as filling up a vision board! There are literally countless avenues we can take with our coaching partnership, and I’m ready to get started. There’s just one thing missing to get you to where you want to be…you!