What is a life coach and what do they do?
A life coach is a person who is trained to help others deal with life. A coach is not a counselor, psychiatrist, nor a psychotherapist.
A coaching program is designed to help you, the client, clarify your individual goals and desires, thereby facilitating your ability to create a plan and take actions that will help you to achieve your personal and specific objectives.
We assist people by empowering them, mentoring them, encouraging and motivating them to identify goals and objectives develop plans and continue on their path toward self-improvement, balance and achievement.
What can I expect from a Coaching Program?
We are all under construction. Everyone loses their way periodically.
- Life isn’t going the way you had planned.
- Somewhere along the journey you veered off course for your dream life.
- You enjoy what you do, but you know that there must be more.
- You find that you are struggling to find ways to make your job feel more meaningful and fulfilling.
- Perhaps you enjoy what you do, but you are looking for that next proverbial level which seems just out of reach.
- Your relationships feel hollow or non-existent.
- It feels like you are just going through the motions of life, day in and day out.
- Maybe you keep coming back to the thought of a career change or more schooling, but you are still having trouble stepping into change or transition.
These are but a few of the things that a life coach can help you with.
It is antithetical in our society to ask for help with life’s transitions and vagaries But we all need help with those things that we can’t seem to get hold of, or find the right thread to pull on, or get off the treadmill leading to no where, or making the same mistake again and again, or even find a way to stay focused and accountable.
That is the job of a life coach, to help.
But like all else, there are specific duties, expectations and limitations. Many people are under the mistaken or misguided impression that a coach or coaching program will be the solution to all of their problems. Just sign up for “the program” and let this other person tell you what to do. That is far from the case. While every coach and coaching program will be a bit different depending on the field and on your goals, there are some elements that will always be present. And, there are also some fairly universal expectations, no matter the topic.
What will I get?
Before you sign up for any coaching program you need to look into the specifics of what you will be receiving for your money. Expect to have the details explained up front about how much time is involved, how and when you will interact, what materials you will get, and so on. You should also know the areas of expertise that the coach can provide guidance in.
By the same token, you should not expect that the coach will be able to explain every detail ahead of time. This is because they cannot guess every question that any given individual might pose.
I encourage you to make a list of your own questions and get them answered. Do not wander into this, or any other for that matter, relationship blindly, only to discover at a later date that something you needed was not included in the originally-quoted price.
Come away with a clear plan of action
No matter what area of life or business you are being coached in, you should expect to create a clear plan of action for how you will move ahead and continue to make progress. Some coaching programs will work with you one-on-one to create a very individualized plan. Others may only provide a template for you to fill out later yourself.
Even with a very individualized program, you should not expect the coach to be able to read your mind. No one knows your business or your personal needs as well as you do. You will need to provide details as accurately as possible. The action plan you create with your coach is only as good as the information you provide.
Don’t get stranded
You should expect to get support along the way for any questions that come up as you implement your plan of action. If a coach is not available to give you support, you may wind up feeling like you have been left hanging and find that you are unable to move forward. Even if it is not your personal coach, there should always be someone available to contact.
On the other hand, you should not expect your coach to always come to you to check in. You are likely not their only client and their time will be split among other responsibilities, as is yours. While some programs will include a regular question and answer session, your coach cannot account for every difficulty you may encounter between the sessions.
Get the feedback you need
In order to truly benefit from your coaching, you should expect to get feedback on your performance. Your coach should be observing your behavior, actions and results. You can then get some pointers on things to consider in approaching similar situations in the future and improve your performance. You should also receive feedback about which things are working well for you, and hose that you should keep on doing.
While it is always great to get everything right the first time, it is highly unrealistic. Do not expect to do everything perfectly and do not expect all of your feedback to be praise. If a coach does not help you sort out the things you need to consider changing, as well as the things that are worth keeping, then you cannot benefit from your program as much as you should.
How will I know if I am making progress?
Most coaching relationships are short-lived, a few sessions, while some may last a longer time.
The progress of this relationship will be measured as your goals and objectives are achieved. Our experience together will create sustainable results during our time together, and for years to come.
Every coaching program should result in your own personal improvement, whether it has to do with your personal or professional life. However, even with the best coaching program, you cannot expect miracles to happen. A great deal of what happens going forward depends on you and your willingness to act.
Ready to move Forward and make a Sound Investment in Yourself?
You have hopes, dreams and desires, both personally and professionally. You have great ideas, almost too many at times. But none of them seem to have taken you where you want to be now. You continually search for that spark that will propel you forward.
That, of course, is where coaching comes in, and where I come in. I know a great deal about coming through and overcoming. Who am I? Most of the surface information you can get from my bio, my About:Me page. But here is a condensed version. I have been doing what I do for a long time. I am a practicing physician with over 30 years of expertise in women’s health. I am a certified professional life coach, a businesswoman and entrepreneur, a minister, a survivor of many of life’s abuses, a seeker, a mother (most of it single), a grandmother, and a renaissance woman who writes, paints, and throws as time allows.
Let us work together so that you can truly bloom and grow where you are currently planted, blossom into the new creature you know is locked inside of you, go down a new career path, or just forge a more balanced and beautiful life.
I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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