What is Life Coaching?
Coaching is a process of self discovery that focuses on the positive and innate potential of the individual. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.
This relationship between coach and client focuses on the client taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of personal discovery and inquiry to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility. Coaching provides structure, support and feedback for the client with the focus on the 98% or more that is working. What you focus on expands so the awareness of the client as to why you do certain things shifts to one that is positive and that will support you in moving toward their dream.
Professional Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; the life coach has the firm belief that the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. The coaching process helps the client both define and achieve professional and personal goals more efficiently and with more ease than otherwise possible. Professional Coaches are held by an international code of ethics and all sessions are confidential.
Why is coaching so powerful? One of the primary reasons why coaching is so powerful is that the client is held accountable for moving their life forward. Another reason is that the coach will hold the client’s vision even if the client has doubts. Coaches ask the client to expand and stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone to achieve the results they really want. The coaching session provides a “pattern interrupt”. The client shifts from the “doing” of struggle to the ease and effortlessness of “being”.
Annemarie will support you to:
- Identify what you are truly passionate about and establish markers to guide your journey to realizing your vision.
- Have clarity as to your Life Purpose and be able to answer the questions- ” What am I doing here?” and “What’s it all about?”
- Leverage your time and energy to what really matters so you feel more in charge of your life and your decisions.
- Make decisions that are in alignment with your values and your passions.
- Reject and banish self sabotaging behaviors and self-limiting beliefs that are obstacles to your dream.
- Reach your goals in the minimum of time possible.
- Realize your full natural genius and leverage it for success.
- Be your authentic self and power.
- Find the fun and adventure in life as you step outside your comfort zone.
- Create and embrace opportunities that catapult your career, life and passions.
- Handle the challenges and bumps with grace and ease.
- And much more….
How is coaching different from therapy?
Therapy tends to focus on dealing with, resolving and healing the past and how someone is feeling. Coaching deals with the NOW, to create, take action and move forward toward your desired aspiration, goal or dream. Coaching is for people who realize and own that they are in charge and consciously create their current experience and are the creators of their life. The client creates a next step plan to keep their dream moving forward. In the coaching partnership, you, the client are accountable for your thoughtful action or inaction.
How does coaching differ from what friends can do for me? A coach listens with only the client in mind. In a friendship, both parties share their issues and triumphs. A coach provides structure and follow- up. In a friendship, there is generally no organized follow-up.A coach listens to the client without judgment or evaluation. In a friendship there often is a bias as to what their friend ‘should do.’
How does coaching differ from consulting? In consulting, we ask a “subject matter expert” for the answers. The consultant will provide several ways of doing things and then recommend what may be best for the client. The consultant is responsible for creating a work product for the client’s review, approval and implementation.
In coaching, it is held that the client knows the best answer for themselves and the coach supports them in accessing their truth to find the most effective answer for themselves. In coaching, the client is solely responsible for doing all the work that is agreed to in the coaching session.