What is Life Coaching and how does it benefit you.
A life coach is someone who can help you to identify your strengths as well as beliefs that limit, you from reaching your goals. A life coach will then help you develop your strengths and identify your personal and professional goals. The role of a life coach to assist the coachee throughout the change process and not to tell you what to do or decide for you what options to or not to take. A good life couch supports you in your decision-making using questioning techniques which help to empower you into making and reaching your goals.
Sometimes we may think we can do everything on our own but a wise person once to me that “no matter how good you are at anything, a coach can help you become better.” I think this is evident when you look at the greatest sports personalities, they all have coaches to support them in their sporting careers.
What are the benefits of having a life coach?
A coach is there to listen to you actively and ask you powerful questions which are focused on your goals. The coach helps you identify if you are in right direction, what has worked and keeps you motivated towards achieving your goals. A coach seeks to help you develop positive emotions while creating space for you to build on these emotions and thus helping you flourish.
A motivated person will easily carry on strategies agreed and work towards the goals. However, the most important aspect is that the person being coached is open to learning and willing to adapt to new ways of thinking or doing things.
What are the benefits of coaching to an individual
I used to think I was agreed doing things on my own. I thought I could figure things out. I found that having a coach was so important even though I am a coach myself. There are a number of benefits you get from having a coach. Its like having a second pair of eyes and an accountability partner. When you set goals you have someone to help you check if you are on the agreed strategies and help you with proper questions to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
A coach can help you improvement performance, set targets and goals. I found that with my coach I became more open to personal development. You also gain an increased ability to identify solutions to specific issues.
Your role in the coaching process
Even when you have a coach it is the roles you play yourself that are more important. You have to be coachable and open to learning and trying new things. The questions your coach asks you help you to see things clearer but you have to be and willing to implement. You have to commit to the agreed times, agreed goals and implement them. Coaching is not teaching, rather it is helping and supporting you through questioning techniques to get clarity in order to get where you want. A coach helps you identify if there are patterns which held you back before so that you can work them out with the goal to achieve what you have set yourself.
Most of us have self limiting beliefs and they are the worst because they stop us from reaching our life goals and purpose. There are also limiting beliefs from your background and upbringing which can be hindering you. These need to be identified in order to work them out before embarking on your goals.
In spirituality coaching we can do a Sozo in order to identify those deep down limiting beliefs and work through them and free yourself.
Different types of coaching
There are three main types of coaching that are important.
- Self coaching: Self coaching is as a do it yourself type of thing. You either buy a program and follow it on your own. This normally depends on how motivated you are otherwise lack of commitment is the problem
- Individual coaching: This is when you have a one-to-one with your coach. This yields results as you have accountability and someone to motivate you along the way.
- Group coaching: This is done as group as a masterclass. I find that the energy of others really does push me. Hearing different successes from others motivates me. At the moment I am in a group coaching program for Influencers. It really is quite motivating.
What ever method of coaching you choose, you need to ask yourself a few questions beforehand. Psychology online suggests the following questions. They are not exhaustive but are a good starting point.
- What do you need from the experience?
- What do you hope to achieve by its conclusion?
- What experience do you expect the coach to have?
- How important is the coach’s certification to you?
- If certification is important, then from whom and for what?