I’ve been asked many times “what is a life coach and what do they do?”, as well as “what’s the difference between a life coach and a therapist?” The answer is pretty simple to the second question. We all have a past, a present and a future. A Therapist works with an individual (or group in some cases) on the past. A Life Coach works with people on where they are in the present and where they want to be in their future. Where do people want to be in their life and how can they can get there? This is just a very brief explanation on what I work on with clients using a “thought based approach”.
Let me explain a little more in detail:
*Do you often talk to family or friends about dreams you might have? Many times they get poo pooed or you don’t get the encouragement and support you were hoping for. This is very common so don’t get discouraged or upset with them. Would you hire a friend to do electrical work on your house if they weren’t a trained electrician? I would hop not. The same goes with your life, your goals and your dreams.
*Have you ever envied someone for taking a risk in a career or a business and said “I wish I could do that”? Who says you can’t? As Life Certified Coach, I can work with you and talk through what is stopping you and what you can change to make it a reality.
*Have you ever started a project or business but never quite made it to the end or to a point where you are comfortable even talking to people about it? Why is that? What gets in the way of finishing this? How bad do you want to mark it complete and move to the next level? That’s an example of work between an individual and a Life Coach.
*Are you an Executive or a Leader? Do you feel like you are constantly pulled in a million directions between work, home, children, employees, spouses and friends? A Life Coach can work with you on the steps and processes to manage all of those distractions and duties that are thrown your way. And believe it or not, can help allow “YOU TIME” in each day.
*Do you have trouble communicating or reading people? A Life Coach can work with you on better ways of communication so you can have a better understanding of people’s different personalities and how to deal with each of them.
*Do you make lists, set goals and only follow through half way? A Coach can give you clarity on those goals. Are they YOUR goals? They will also hold you accountable to your goals and what you’re doing on that list to reach those goals.
Again, above is just a short list of examples of some benefits of a Life Coach. If I were your Coach, we would put a call or meeting schedule together. Each time we meet, we will discuss your goals, review our discussion from the previous session and put a plan in place for the following session. I would be available in between for any questions or struggles that arise prior to that next session.
My approach may be slightly different than others. I’m not going to necessarily tell you what to do or how to do something. I am going to ask you to dig deep within yourself and ask questions that will require you to come up with your own answers. Let’s face it, if anyone tells us what to do or how to do something, it’s almost never very well received (even if we ask for advice). Life Coaching isn’t always easy but working with the right Coach is always rewarding. My mission is to help you MOVE FORWARD!