What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is the art of helping people like you make the kind of changes that will move them from where they are to where they want to be. Coaches provide an empowering relationship that enables others to navigate transitions, hurdle obstacles, set clear goals and priorities for their life and create practical plans and action steps to get them to where they want to go.
Coaching as a discipline brings many wonderful skills and tools to a relationship to “pull the gold” out of people…to see them grow and maximize their potential. From intuitive listening to powerful questions, coaching is aimed at empowering individuals in becoming more intentional and proactive in the journey toward realizing their personal goals and dreams.
Coaching vs. Other Disciplines
At first glance you might ask, what is the difference between coaching and counseling, mentoring, or consulting? Counseling is typically focused on helping hurting people move toward wholeness, where coaching is focused on helping people who are basically whole maximize their lives. Mentors give wise advise based on their experience, where coaches help others draw from their own reservoir of insight and ability for making decisions and taking action. Counseling and consulting tend to lean on diagnostic and prescriptive approaches to helping people where coaching pulls on the experience and potential of the individual.
Underlying the coaching approach is a basic belief in the potential of the individual. More often than not, the biggest obstacle to our goals and dreams isn’t knowing what to do; it’s possessing the confidence to do it. Coaches bring this basic belief to a coaching relationship and are able to help others without telling them what to do.