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What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching can play an essential role in the happiness of many different people facing challenges in various areas of life. It could be that a life coach can support you through marital difficulties, business and executive coaching can be useful with career changes or help you come to terms with the past. Or it may be that life coaching can improve the day-to-day running of life and reduce stress levels significantly.

How Can Life Coaching Help People?

On a personal level, a Life coach can help us identify obstacles, clarify goals and implement strategies to achieve a long-lasting change and personal growth. In essence, a life coach will help people to:

  • Identify their talents, skills, and unique abilities
  • Recognise their dreams and figure out where their passion lies.
  • Help to set achievable goals.
  • See things in a different light.
  • Prepare mentally for challenges along the road.
  • Stay accountable for their actions.
  • Build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Consider alternative approaches.

Here are just four ways that life coaching can help:

1. Finding your Purpose

Every person has their place in society, and often it can be challenging to determine where yours is. Here is where a life coach can help by unlocking your potential for meaningful purposes. A life coach can help you process your past and use your experiences, good or bad, to find out who you really are and what makes you tick.

Often people have a yearning for something more - a vocation, over an occupation, but lack the confidence to make that important first step. A life coach can provide the support and empowerment that is needed to create a productive career change.

2. Unlocking the Answers Within Yourself

A life coach will use positive encouragement to guide you into discovering what really matters the most; what could you be doing differently? What are the hurdles you feel you’re facing? What is stopping you from making a change today? Often a life coach will ask you questions that you’ve never asked yourself and give you the opportunity to see things in a more black-and-white way.

3. Create Steps to Improve Yourself

Once your passion, desires, and hopes have been unlocked, here is where the real work begins. A life coach can help you achieve personal or career-related goals by partnering with you to create a plan of action. This will often involve a series of manageable step-by-step stages.

When you have a clear, achievable plan laid out, things don’t feel as overwhelming. By focusing on one step at a time, with the support of your life coach, anything is possible.

4. Having Someone on your Side

Life coaching can mean that you have your own personal cheerleader. Someone with your best interests at heart that will celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small, alongside you. A life coach is someone in your corner who will listen to your challenges, support your decisions and praise your success.

What are the Different Types of Life Coaching?

Life coaching can mean focusing on a certain kind of problem, and there are often specialist life coaches who can help in the following areas:

  • Relationship and Family Coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Finance Coaching
  • Mental Health Coaching
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Spiritual Coaching

What is the Difference Between a Life Coach and a Therapist?

Life coaching isn’t therapy. A life coach isn’t there to give you the answers but to help you to discover them for yourself. A life coach will help you to realise your potential and your aspiration, whereas a counsellor is there to aid more deep-set issues such as trauma, death of a loved one, or more severe mental turbulence.

About the author

Robert is an experienced life coach in London, UK working to help clients manage life, career and business phases by understanding their personality 'operating system'. Working with clients with a unique combination of world-class coaching and powerful self-discovery.

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