Ronnie has mixed feelings about her move. She’s lived in the same apartment, on the same street, in the same town for the last 5 years. And now she’s leaving it all behind to embark on a new journey. Sure, she’s excited and she knows that the change is right, even necessary to her growth—but that doesn’t mean she’s not nervous about the transition. What if she hates her new apartment? What if she doesn’t make friends? What if she doesn’t like her coworkers? After a few weeks of these nagging thoughts, Ronnie decides to act: she schedules a session with the life coach a few blocks over. Immediately upon walking into his office, she knows she’s made the right decision. They spend the first session talking through her concerns and beginning to break her negative thought patterns. The two sessions that follow focus on more positive aspects of her move, such as the goals she’s hoping to accomplish. Ronnie’s life coach helps put her move into perspective: she’s refocused on why this change is good and necessary for her development.
Justin has a major decision to make: stick with his current company or embark on a new business venture with his brother—play it safe, or risk it all. Just a couple days ago, Justin’s brother Christian barged into his house, begging Justin to “just hear him out.” For the next four hours the two discussed the possibility of opening up a family restaurant: a childhood dream Justin thought had died long ago. It was a ridiculous, foolish idea… but it was also exciting. Justin explained to his brother that he was finally in a good place at work—he felt satisfied, and perhaps, more importantly, safe. But his hesitation was apparent. It was a proposal he couldn’t not consider. Ultimately, Justin decided he couldn’t possibly debate this decision alone; so, he paid his life coach a visit. And after a few weeks of sessions, Justin knew what he had to do. Flash forward five years: Justin and Christian own and operate the most popular restaurant on the block. Justin’s coach helped him realize that dream never died. And it would be a difficult road to travel, but the payback would be priceless: nothing beats pure joy and fulfillment.
What Is Life Coaching?
Have you ever found yourself wondering exactly what you’re capable of, wanting to capitalize on your abilities? Or maybe you could simply use a push in the right direction, some valuable advice, a motivating pep talk. Regardless of the specifics, you could benefit from an outsider’s intervention. More specifically, you could benefit from meeting with a life coach: a professional who is trained specifically to help clients excel in life.
Life coaching is designed to help an individual achieve their goals—to push them to self-reflect, realize and reach their fullest potential. Life coaches see a variety of clients, including but not limited to: CEOs who want to continue advancing in their career; recent college graduates who feel lost in the “real world”; teachers who want to enhance their performance and better serve their students; and recent retirees looking to find new meaning in life. Needs vary from client to client—the life coach’s job is to address whatever those needs may be.
Benefits of Life Coaching
Anybody and everybody can seek life coaching and benefit, due to its flexible nature. A life coach will first meet with their client and then design future sessions around their specific needs and goals. Therefore, no two life counseling sessions are identical—one individual’s experience may vary greatly from another’s, even if they’ve seen the same coach. However, there are some similarities seen across sessions, such as the benefits. If you choose to invest in your life and your future by meeting with a life coach, here are several benefits you’re likely to experience:
- Unbiased support and guidance from your life coach
- A better understanding of your goals
- Techniques and strategies that will help you reach those goals
- Greater accountability, which will keep you moving forward
- Encouragement and opportunity to talk about yourself for once
- Better self-esteem and confidence
- Advanced/advancing personal development
- A clearer path to success and happiness
What Does a Life Coaching Session Look Like?
As mentioned above, life coaching sessions vary according to a client’s goals and needs, as well as a coach’s approach to their practice. However, the purpose of a life coaching session is universal: to further the client’s success and focus on their developmental goals. These goals may be personal or career-related. Some examples include:
- Graduating from college
- Earning and receiving a promotion
- Adjusting to change
- Making a major life transition
- Embarking on a new career path
- Opening a family business
- Feeling happy and comfortable at work
Life coaches work with their clients—either in-person, over the phone, or even via video chat—to make their dreams a reality. These professionals pull from a variety of methods to diminish their clients’ negative thought patterns, help them organize and understand their goals (such as those listed above), and move confidently in the direction of achieving them. Life coaches do not simply advise—they listen thoughtfully, they offer insight, and they guide their clients on their journey.
Quick Facts About Life Coaching
- Life coaches dedicate their lives to helping clients achieve their goals and reach a greater potential.
- They each have their own coaching styles, which may also vary based on their client’s needs and preferences.
- Life coach is not synonymous with therapist—they are two different professions, which demand different qualifications.
- There are organizations dedicated to teaching and enforcing ethics of life coaching, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF).
- A life coach may work independently, or partner with medical, therapeutic, or life coaching organizations.
- Life coaching is believed to have emerged in the 1970s amidst a self-help movement.
- Sports team coaches are said to have first utilized popular approaches of life coaching.
Meet with a Life Coach at Thriveworks Today
Life can be a difficult and treacherous journey, but it’s also an amazing adventure—especially if you decide to take hold of the reins. You can reach your greatest potential by consulting a life coach: they will help to identify your needs, set or narrow goals, and push you toward accomplishing those goals.
Here at Thriveworks, we believe that everyone can benefit from working with a skilled professional—a counselor or coach who is passionate about helping their clients advance in life. If you think that life coaching may benefit you, schedule an appointment with one of our providers: click here to see a counselor or coach near you. Or, if you’re interested in online counseling or coaching, check out these opportunities here.