Wednesday, 7 November 2007

What is Life Coaching?

Every life coach will have their own view of what life coaching is. Many will emphasise that it tends to be more pragmatic and forward looking than counselling, which some see as being more about finding out why you might act in a certain way than on focusing on strategies to improve your situation (some counsellors might dispute this!).

Others might describe a life coach as being someone who helps you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. Nice as that sounds, it misses the fact that sometimes you need to do a fair bit of trying things out before you discover exactly where it is that you want to be.

I consider the end product of life coaching to be primarily about emotions and satisfaction - about helping people to act and think in ways that will make them feel happier and more fulfilled. The purpose of setting goals or targets to aim for is that you believe that those goals will be what will bring you that sense of satisfaction, inner peace or happiness. If you reach a target but you are no happier then you may wonder whether it was worth it - Perhaps the Beatles had it right when they sang "Money Can't Buy You Love".

You can find out more about my view of life coaching as being primarily about helping you to feel happier, more fulfilled and more in control of your life in my introductory article about what life coaching is. The article considers the relationship of personal goals, personal outcomes and individual needs. If you are interested in reading it, please visit the link below:

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