What it’s not.
Life coaching is not the sports coach who has all the plans and directs players to execute them. In it’s purest form, it’s not counseling, consulting, or mentoring. Coaching may help you discover your need for one or more of those, but it’s main goal is to listen intently and ask powerful questions to foster and encourage clarity, decisions, and actions on what is most important to the client.
Coaching is about growth, goals, and the plans to get there – all focused on the future.
Coaching is primarily about getting better, pursuing life long learning and development, and experiencing profound, positive changes in who you are and what you’re doing.
Coaching can help you identify what is most important to you and how you want to manage your top priorities for optimal balance. Sustained balance equals health. Health can promote greater strength, capacity, and flexibility.
Adding a few more specific categories can give you even more clarity into what will grow maximum meaning for you and your family. As you explore these areas of life to greater and greater lengths, you will be connecting with the deepest parts of your heart and soul. This kind of alignment will empower you to be more intentional, creative and innovative in overcoming your greatest challenges.
Coaching is highly concerned with real outcomes. Having coaching as part of your growth strategy increases the certainty of your learning, changes, and transformation many times over doing it yourself or even with those who may have your best interest at heart but have other responsibilities and commitments. Coaching provides dynamic, sustained encouragement, exploration, and accountability to ensure you are who you want to be doing what you want to do.
So what is it?
Life coaching is, “A powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance the lifelong process of human learning, effectiveness, and fulfillment”*. It’s a process that helps you tackle your highest goals with the most difficult challenges. It’s a dynamic partnership based on trust and transparency, powered by ongoing learning and application.
We navigate journeys through profound difficulties to discover, learn, and act. We seek to achieve goals that flow from deep, core desires and dreams. Coaching fosters clarity of values, and alignment of goals to generate concrete action steps by the person being coached (PBC). The PBC is the expert with access to the solutions and the coach works from this basis of faith. Essentially, coaching helps you live and do out of who you are to experience and enjoy your God given purpose.
* Co-Active Coaching (2nd ed.) © 2007 by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phillip Sandahl.