What is Life Coaching?

Introduction To Life Coaching

Life coaching (or personal coaching, or whatever you choose to call it) is the process by which an individual is supported by an experienced professional to work on or towards something. If that sounds vague then bear with me, that’s deliberate, because it’s one of the most commonly misunderstood terms I come across in my day-to-day practice.

The term ‘life coaching’ has come to mean so much that it almost means nothing any more. to some it is aspirational, to others a joke.

The Benefits Of Life Coaching

As with all forms of coaching, the specific benefits will depend on how well the coaching is conducted, how hard the coachee is prepared to work with their coach, and the specific aims of the coachee, but generally speaking the following are almost always true:

  • Self-awareness
  • More clarity (on the subject or problem at hand)
  • Increased resilience
  • Better communication
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased likelihood to take action

What Life Coaching Is Not

Life coaching is not counselling.
Life coaching is not therapy.
Life coaching is not motivational quotes.
Life coaching is also not any of the fluff or woo-woo that so often has come to be associated with the term.
Life coaching is simply coaching, stripped of the (often artificial) barriers that confine it to just work, or just career planning, or just leadership skills.

Life coaching (or ‘personal coaching’ as I prefer to call it) can simply be thought of as all the powerful techniques and benefits of coaching being applied to any and all areas that are uncovered, whether that’s your attitudes to work, other people, yourself or your experiences.

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