Just about everyone has a vision of his or her ideal life. Maybe you've always
dreamed of becoming a successful writer, musician, or corporate executive. Yet
your vision hasn't quite made the leap from your mind to reality.
That's where a life coach steps in. Life coaches provide the incentive and direction their clients need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives. They help clients to:
- Hone in on their skills and ambitions
- Refocus their life's goals
- Overcome obstacles that stand in the way of achieving goals
It is when an individual partners with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential! Life coaching draws upon a variety of tools and techniques from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, positive adult development and career counseling with an aim towards helping people identify and achieve personal goals.
Why would I need a life coach?
There are a variety of reasons that people turn to life or wellness coaches for help. For instance, you might
consider looking for a coach if you:
- Need some guidance moving forward in your career
- Want to learn how to best take advantage of your strengths and talents
- Don't know what to do about a major life decision, such as a move or divorce
- Don't have an acceptable work-life balance
- Are overstressed
- Are having difficulties in your relationships
What happens during the coaching process?
First, you'll sit down with your life coach or wellness coach over the phone or in person. The sessions will range from 20 minutes to an hour. During that time you'll talk about what you want to accomplish. Through the questions your coach asks, together you'll define your goals and the challenges that could stand in your way. Then you'll outline the steps you'll need to take to achieve those goals.
You'll have homework assignments -- things to think about or do between coaching sessions to work toward your goals. You might need to write in a journal or create "action plans" of things you want to accomplish.
Your life coach or wellness coach will offer support and guidance along the way. And your coach will hold you accountable for achieving your
You'll work with your coach for a period of a few
months or longer. The time frame depends on how often you meet and what you're
hoping to accomplish
I am a certified
life coach from the Life Coach Institute of Orange County (http://www.certifiedlifecoachinstitute.com/) .