A certified life coach is someone qualified to support, encourage, challenge, and inspire you to achieve your goals. A personal life coach is a good active listener that can pick up what you’re really thinking from your voice and will facilitate you to take actions to move towards all of your self-development goals. They will celebrate your victories, assist you in figuring out how to overcome hindrances, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and empower you to propel yourself ahead at a far swifter pace than you could accomplish on your own. All of this would lead to the ultimate aim of the achievement of your self-development goals and discovering a much more content and satisfying life.
The tools and techniques used by a career coach are entirely the same for a personal life coach. However, one major difference is that with a life coach, you would be focusing on a specific part of your life or several areas that you want to improve, whereas with a career coach (as the name suggests), you would be focusing solely on your career. In practice, our careers have a considerable impact on most areas of our lives. Choosing a certified life coach who specializes as a career coach has a significant advantage for those striving to accomplish any personal development plans.
One similarity between a life coach and a counsellor is that they both ask the client questions and a session usually involves plenty of soul-searching. Neither counselling nor coaching is simply about giving advice but rather listening to what you say and directing the conversation with further pertinent questions. However, while a typical counselling session deals with emotions and issues in the past that are affecting the present, a coaching relationship focuses on the future and deals with optimizing the opportunities in your life for you to eventually attain more substantial happiness.
A consultant is a subject matter expert who resolves a problem or implements a solution for you, whereas a life coach helps clients figure out their own solutions and teaches them techniques to do this effectively. Consultants manage activities on behalf of their clients and don’t try to change a client. On the other hand, a life coach facilitates self-driven change and customizes processes in partnership with clients. Where a consultant is responsible for the outcome, with coaching, the client is responsible for their own success.
Most therapists diagnose and treat dysfunction and abnormality, while coaches typically work from a position of strength with the client. Clients who complain about or exhibit signs of mental health issues such as violence, substance abuse, severe depression, anxiety, or developmental disorders are best treated by a medical or psychological professional. A life coach is more of an empowerment coach and focuses on positive personal potential rather than problems or dysfunctions.
A life coach helps you focus on exactly what you want to achieve and helps get you there faster. We go through life constantly busy ‘doing things,’ but very rarely do we stop and consider our future and where we want to be. With the assistance of a life coach who is 100% dedicated to you and your future, you can do just that. They will not only listen to you but also support, motivate, and embolden you to stay focused. Through their experience and expertise, you will be able to recognize options available to you that you may not have considered before.
Every person at any stage of life can take the help of a life coach. The only trait that people who look for coaching have in common is the desire to change part/s of their life so that they feel more fulfilled.
Not at all. Anyone from the age of 18 or higher can hire a life coach. If younger people are interested, parental consent would be required. Parents may also suggest coaching for their children.
The session always belongs to the client. During each session, the coach and the client set a session goal together to outline what the client would like to achieve from their time together. They explore where the client is at that moment with that particular goal, what they have tried, what has worked, and any obstacles they have faced along the way. As the sessions progress, the coach and the client will also collectively look at what was accomplished from the last sessions and the general progress and successes. The coach encourages the client to set their own action plans to reach their goals.
How much are you willing to spend on that new Louis Vuitton handbag? Or the Gucci shoes? Or the anniversary package to Switzerland? Are you willing to spend the same, or perhaps less, to empower yourself, transform your thinking, love yourself, forgive yourself, and become an amazing version of yourself for life?
Life coaching sessions typically last 50-60 minutes. These sessions can be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, depending on the needs of the client as well as how much time they can invest.
This is determined by what you want to achieve with your coaching. Most people hire a life coach with a life-changing purpose in mind. To achieve this, the coach looks at smaller goals that need to be achieved each session to move you closer to your overall goal. For some, this might take as little as 6 sessions, while for others, it might take more. It’s a personal choice based on your individual goal.
Face-to-face coaching is the most efficient form of communication. Where the coaching takes place usually depends on the coach’s practice. Some coaches have dedicated offices, while others meet clients at home. However, in this day and age, life coaching is increasingly taking place online since it’s the most convenient way for individuals to fit coaching into their busy lives, especially when the coach is from a different time zone and lives oceans apart. Other than a cellphone/computer, you will need a quiet room with zero distractions, where you can wholly focus on the conversation.
Coaching costs around the same amount of money as seeing a health professional. For more information on packages and prices with BenaiferK Coaching, click here.
To get the best from life coaching, the first thing you need is an open mindset and the desire to change. You need to have a positive attitude towards the accomplishment of your goals. It’s extremely important for you to be completely open and honest within the coaching relationship (with the coach, yes, but more importantly with yourself). You need to put in the time and commitment to complete the action plans that you will set for yourself at the end of each session. Ultimately, your level of dedication will directly influence the speed and extent to which your goals will be realized. To help you with all of this, I, as the coach, will provide you with boundless motivation, assistance, and reassurance within a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment.