It is important to note the 3 things that coaching isn’t.
1.Coaching is not counselling or therapy.
Coaching is not about fixing traumas or all those things that are perceived as fundamentally wrong with people.
When you have a dental issue who do you go to? A dentist, right?
Every profession plays its role and they all work out fantastic like a completed puzzle.
2.Coaching is not mentoring.
It is great to have a mentor during the time of coaching but the mentor isn’t your coach.
A mentor is someone who is ahead of you and is willing to share their skills, knowledge as a road map. It is important to find one.
Surprisingly, sometimes the best mentors are those who you “envy” those people who are already living our ideal life. Once you befriend them, they half your learning curve making everything seem simple and effortless.
3.Coaching is not giving advice.
A coach does not give advice. A coach helps you achieve higher level of lives satisfaction.
Helps make your goals a reality.
True life coaching comes from within, the gurus are fine and exciting but we all have the capabilities in us to effect change. Coaching is great, lets you bask in the comfort of knowing you can “fix” your life, but your job is to make sure these fixes are not just some elegant and beautiful stickers but long lasting results.
For a change to last, to effect change that change, it is vital for it to come from deep within yourself. You have to recognise and rejoice in those baby steps you make.
This is what Jeni Purdie says about life coaching:
“A purposeful conversation that inspires you to create your best life”
Unfortunately for us, we love our little chit-chats. I have them. We all do.
By chit-chats I mean those non-stop conversations we have with ourselves. They are okay. But, all we need to do is make them more meaningful and purposeful.
Together we can make use of life coaching by asking appropriate questions instead.
For instance, we need to ask;
- Why do you act the way you do?
- What are your limiting beliefs?
- Do you have any other options and what are they? etc
So basically life coaching leaves you with answers, leaves you refreshed, inspired and lets you dream even bigger than ever before.
I would like to take you on that amazing journey of beginning of the rest of your life.