"The hardest changes are those
made in isolation. See what a difference it can make to have a
coach in your corner."
What do you want to do with the next month?
The next 6 months? The next year? Your life? What’s your
strategy for accomplishing it? Is your strategy working?
If you struggle to answer these questions or
you don’t like your answers, maybe it’s time for a
life coach. But what is a life coach, anyway, and how do you find
a good one?
Most of us have to give ourselves the time
and brain power to figure out what we want our lives to look like.
The truth is, most of us will not take the time on our own to
make these assessments; a life coach will ensure you do.
What is a life coach?
The International Coach Federation (ICF), one
of the largest coaching associations, defines coaching as “partnering
with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that
inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Life coaches help people set and/or achieve goals through a variety
of methods that often involve conversational tools and self-reflection
There are actually quite a few differences
that you should keep in mind when thinking about if a life coach
is right for you. To put it simply, life coaching is oriented
towards the present and future. Coaching is proactive, so there
will always be invitations to take action on your realizations
work with a coach?
Coaching is about having someone on
your side. Someone with an outside perspective to bounce
ideas off and get the encouragement and support that you need
to ask more of yourself and to accomplish what you really want
more easily. The focus is about what YOU want—not what you
should want or somebody else thinks you should want.
Coaching helps you to focus, clarify,
and act. It is an adult to adult relationship in which
the coach supports you in being responsible for your own life
choices. This includes supporting you in disregarding any of the
coach’s suggestions or requests if you choose to do so.
Coaching focuses on taking appropriate
action in the present time to create the future life that you
choose. Coaching is not therapy although that can have
a useful role to play at different times. If you are in a lot
of emotional pain or caught up with past issues then you may like
to consult a professional therapist.
Coaching is about supporting you in
generating and implementing your own solutions. Coaching
is not consultancy although that can also be a valuable tool and
there is some overlap. Consultancy is appropriate if you want
someone with specialist knowledge in an area to provide solutions
and/or to implement them for you.
How to find a good life coach?
Before seeking help from a life coach, think
about what areas of your life you’d like to change. A good
coach will lead you through a series of exercises that can be
compared to mental gymnastics but will ultimately ensure you are
getting what you want out of your life.
To set up an
appointment with certified life coach, Jamie
Blum, please email her at Jamie.Blum@cpeclinic.com