“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”
- Les Brown -
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching can be used at many different points in a person’s life, however is most common for people suffering with stress or anxiety during a time of a significant life change or when trying to achieve a particular goal, such as weight loss.
Life coaching can help you get clear on your goals, identify obstacles holding you back and set out a clear path to overcoming each obstacle. Life coaches are great at identifying people’s strengths and they use this ability to create unique programs for each client, in order to create long-term change.
How does life coaching work?
Life coaching usually consists of 1:1 sessions between yourself and your coach, on a (typically) weekly basis. The first step in coaching is helping you establish your goals and what barriers are standing in your way of achieving them.
Your coach will then help you break down those barriers and work with you to lay out the steps needed to get you from point A (where you are now) to point B (where you want to be).
At the end of each session, your coach will give you weekly tasks – ‘homework’ if you like – which will help you to progress towards your goals each week.
How does coaching differ to counselling?
Whilst there are similarities between a life coach and a counsellor, it is important to also know the differences.
Both coaches and counsellors will help you identify obstacles that are holding you back and they both want to help you towards a happier, more fulfilled life.
One of the key differences is in the process for getting you to your happier, more fulfilled life.
Whilst counselling focuses on the emotions, feelings and healing, with conversations often centred around the past, coaching aims to challenge thought processes and help you identify actionable steps towards your goals. It is a coach’s job to look to the future, be action-focused and hold you accountable for achieving your potential.