What is Life Coaching?
There are times in our life when we find ourselves at a crossroad, unsure of which direction to take. We may feel stuck, we can’t seem to think or see things clearly and our energy is zapped by our lack of clarity, hesitation and indecision. This is where Life Coaching can help you!
Life coaching will help you to look at where you are now, explore what the challenges are, identify what is holding you back and – importantly – help you visualise where you want to be in life. Your future actions will become clearer and you will be re-energised to move forward.
The simple questions can be the most powerful for individuals, and on many occasions, we are our own greatest hindrance to where we want to be in life. Sessions are confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and concerns privately. Life Coaches are skilled at knowing the right questions to ask. They will use a range of tools and techniques to empower you to find the answers within yourself.
Life coaching is a partnership between you and the life coach. The coach will gently encourage you to explore and make positive changes in your life. You need to be open to discovery and new insights. The decisions you make will be your own and will emerge from reflecting on wider ideas and perspectives.
Who delivers life coaching?
Georgia Barr. Read more about her here.
What are the benefits?
- Quality time to focus on a specific issue in your life
- Opportunity to examine current perspectives
- Objectivity: speaking with someone who is independent with no emotional attachment
- Empowerment: becoming stronger and more confident in controlling your life
- Constructive challenge through questioning
- Clarity of where you want to be in your life
- Creation of wider options and choice in where you want to be in life
- Opportunity to reflect on broader ideas to help you move forward
What will the sessions be like?
A coaching programme is made up a series of coaching sessions, each lasting 1.5 – 2 hours which is tailored specifically to the needs of the client. Some clients may only require 1 session, whereas others may require a longer time e.g. monthly meetings over a 3-month period. Working with a coach helps the client to clarify what they would like to achieve/change in their lives and, through reflection and discussion, identify what is helping or hindering them in achieving their goals and identify the specific actions required to move them forward. As a result of the coaching session, the client will have identified things they will do differently, specific actions to take and their progress is discussed at subsequent sessions.
The role of the coach is to support the client to achieve their goals and coaching sessions will allow the client to consider their progress on the following terms:
- struggles and set-backs