Awhile back I was working with a Life Coach, something I’d done with great success off and on over the years. I’ve also had great luck with therapists when I felt I needed some help. Learning to ask for help has been a good move for me.
This time, however, the Life Coach I was working with stopped in the middle of a session and asked me if I had ever considered becoming a Life Coach.
I laughed and said that I’d noticed coaching writers often meant doing some life coaching since it was hard to separate one from the other. It turned out he trained coaches and invited me to work with him to learn the ins and outs of the business. I was tickled.
After several days of thinking about it, and talking to three coaches he’d mentored, I decided to say ‘yes.’ As some of you may recognize I’m a big believer in the power of yes.
What is Life Coaching?
Google that question and you’ll get all sorts of answers. One that I like is “A life coach is someone that looks to empower others by helping them make, meet and exceed goals in both their personal and professional lives.”
Of course I’d change it a bit, perhaps to this: “A life coach is someone who helps others find their own answers, so they can make, meet and even exceed their goals in their personal and professional lives.”
My firm belief is that each of us has within the answers we need, or at least the questions we need to ask. My job as a coach is to help you uncover that inner knowing so you can move in the direction you truly want to go.
A great Life Coach knows how to listen deeply
Listening is probably the key skill of a good Life Coach – listening deeply so we truly hear where our client is coming from. This kind of listening often results in questions that bring clarity for the client and the coach.
Good Life Coaches provide accountability
Providing accountability for the client is another key skill a good Life Coach will use. It works like this:
Together, the client and the coach decide on something or several somethings the client will do to move forward on their goals before the next session. At that next session the client reports that the task was completed or not, and much can be learned by either response.
A Life Coach may also bring:
- The right questions can help the client discover what they really want
- Help the client set achievable goals
- Act as sounding board, and the client see things from a different angle
- Reflect back to the client what they’ve said and felt, and more…
What does this have to do with you?
The addition of Life Coaching to my freelance writing career may have nothing to do with you. And it is an addition – can’t really imagine life without writing.
Or maybe I can be a model for expanding one’s life work into new areas of endeavor.
Perhaps you will decide you want to work directly with me, either on your writing or your life or some combination.
I do offer a no-obligation gift coaching session. You can learn more about it and request your meeting with me over the phone at my coaching website, Life Coaching On Purpose. You’ll find some testimonials there and more about my philosophy and skills there. You could also check out Gordon’s comment about my coaching – a delightful surprise for me.
Why a labyrinth?
The reason I’ve used a labyrinth as the image for this page is because it’s also the logo for my coaching business. Walking a labyrinth has helped me go within to solve multiple problems. I find a labyrinth a great metaphor for the twists and turns of life.
Write well and often,