Life Coaching - What to Expect
Article about the basics of the life coaching relationship.
The June 9, 2010 edition of Coaching News reports "the demand for coaching has accelerated. In less than a second a search on Google for “life coach” yields more than 2 million entries, and a search for “business coach” includes more than 820,000 websites." So exactly what is a Life Coach and how can they help you?
A sports coach helps the team strategize, develop a plan of action and implement the game plan that will lead the team to victory. Coaches whose teams don’t win lose their jobs because they are not being effective. Coaching is about results. An effective coach will help their team bring about positive results. Whether it may be turning the team around from a losing streak to finally winning some games or going all the way and reaching the ultimate victory, championship status.
Coaching You Towards Victory
Life coaching is similar to sports coaching only you are the team and the sport is living the best life you can. A life coach is your personal cheering squad offering praise and cheering you towards victory. They are also the defensive coordinator who gets on your tail because you fouled up that play, helping you to see where you went wrong as to achieve victory the next time. They are the play coach who helps you develop your strategy to meet your goals; they listen intently and help you see objectively where there may be loopholes in your playbook. They push you to train, train, and train so that when you step out on that field you are at the top of your game. No pain, no gain.
Life Coaching Credentials
Credentials for life coaching vary. There are hundreds of training programs available and many credentialing organizations. While it is important to know that your life coach has had some formal training in the process of coaching, their experience in a specialized area is what they use to help you be successful. Their experience is their credentials and is not something that can be taught. Most successful sports coaches began their careers in the field playing. They are able to bring first hand experience and knowledge together to lead the team to victory. They are then able to relate to the team on a personal level and share their story of victory to give encouragement when morale is low.
The Life Coaching Relationship
The coaching relationship is built upon trust and honesty. Your coach should be grounded and someone you respect. Why would you listen to someone you don’t trust? Having a coach does not mean you are weak. It means that you are smart, do you know that most top executives have coaches who help them stay on top of their corporate game. Famous people, like Fantasia Barrino, use life coaches to help them manage their new lifestyle and implement plans that will help them succeed in their new roles.
Life coaching could be described as the new helping profession. Helping people go from mediocre to excellence in all areas of life. When eagles reach the highest point in the sky, they spread out their wings and soar. Enjoying the ride and the view. Are you ready to soar?