Coaching started with sports, as teams found themselves in need of someone to come alongside the athletes and help them along, giving them a frame work in order to accomplish their goals. It’s that simple. In the last century, “coaching” has grown greatly as a profession, and we now see speech coaches, performance coaches, writing coaches, personal development coaches,… the list is endless. “Coaching” is actually the second fastest growing industry in the world. The reason is pretty obvious–coaching works! The results are not only phenomenal, but they also are measurable in quality and quantity. Coaching can happen in many different fields; the possibilities are endless. Right now, the two fastest growing fields right now are Business Coaching and Life Coaching.
What is Life Coaching? Well, let’s start with what it’s not! Life coaching is not counseling. Counselors are trained in helping people move through things from the past from which they need healing or closure. They deal with pain, struggles and move toward finding healing rather than potential and goals.
Life coaching does not deal with your past nor does it try to fix it. Life coaching simply deals with the present. Right now. And where you want to go. That’s it! So in as few words as possible, this is the definition of a life coach: A life coach is someone who helps you reach your goals or make a change in your life. Life coaches are trained to listen for what you are really saying, and they will take what you are saying to help you discover what you want, and how best to get it. They will motivate you, keep you accountable, praise your successes and walk alongside you all the way until you get there.
Professionally, I wear a lot of hats. One of them is to be a Certified Life Coach. For many reasons, this is truly the most fascinating and rewarding hat I ever wear in my professional life. What’s not to like about empowering someone to make the changes that they desperately seek? What’s not to like about seeing someone’s face light up when they realize what it is that they really, really want in life, and then watching their soul take on boldness and purpose? We all need a purpose in life, don’t we?
There is one thing I am convinced of: my client has his (or her) answers right there, on the inside of him. He may not have discovered them yet, but as I ask the hard questions and he answers from his gut, his true life purpose or dream or need will surface and he will recognize it. All I do is help him discover it. Then, I get to witness how he designs a plan to get that desire, dream or goal into motion and bring it to fruition. I stand by him along the way, and keep him accountable. I get to watch him succeed, and handle failure along the way, and succeed some more, and tweak his goals or habits until it’s just right, and then, I get to cheer him on all the way to the finish line. And I get to do that with people all over the world.
That’s life coaching in a nutshell. And I love it!