I do NOT need a Life Coach……. Really? Are you sure about that?
“Who looks outside dreams……who looks inside awakens” -Carl Jung
Have you ever come away from a conversation with a friend or partner, and wished that it could have taken a different direction?
Wished that you had been able to get more off your chest, or talked more about things that are holding you back from achieving what you want to achieve? But, although it was good, and fun, and a ‘connection’, it didn’t satisfy a desire deep inside you to discuss ‘other’ things?
Whilst some people are very lucky, and have a partner in life with whom they can discuss anything, feel ‘heard’, and appreciated, and get the kind of feedback they crave, there are many others who do not enjoy this depth of connection with anyone.
Personally, I have an amazing group of friends, with whom I can talk about most things BUT not one of them knows my innermost thoughts. That’s what my coach is for. My friends all know different bits, but connecting the dots and helping me move forward is left to my coach!
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
So, what actually happens during a coaching session?
First of all, YOU set the pace and direction. Coaching is all about YOU and what YOU wish to talk about.
A coaching conversation is a one with purpose; the coach is the anchor, keeping you from tossing about in the sea. YOU are the rudder, giving the conversation direction.
At the beginning of the call, you will be given a few minutes to unburden your soul with whatever is clogging up your mind. A good coach will hold the space for you to do a ‘brain dump’, and will then ask the question:
“What, for you, would be a good outcome from today’s session?”
From there, the conversation can take any direction, with the coach bringing the focus back to your stated outcome and providing you with feedback to help you move forward between calls.
A broad outline of what you are expecting to achieve from your life coaching programme will have been established at the beginning of the relationship, but each call can take whatever direction you wish.
Generally, life coaching is about helping you organise your life a little better, of planning and achieving goals, introspection, greater self-realisation, and ongoing personal development.
With a long-term goal in mind, coaching conversations can touch on any area of your life – you would be surprised to learn what unacknowledged hidden beliefs could be holding you back.
Would you believe that life coaching is relatively new? It only began to increase in popularity in the mid 1990’s, but has grown exponentially in the past few years with many of the world’s most successful people working with more than one coach at any given time.
A life coach is ‘future-oriented’ and works with those who want to live life beyond mediocrity. Whilst a mentor or consultant will probably only work with you on the professional aspects of your life, a coach truly believes that ALL areas of your life are intertwined, and work to support or detract from your goals.
Are you someone who wants to live life beyond mediocrity?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”