What is Life Coaching? and What does a Life Coach do

At the core of life coaching

At the core of life coaching is the belief that every person has the capability to be, do and have anything he or she desires.

We are all unique individuals but we share one very powerful attribute – the ability to create our own reality through our thoughts, intentions, beliefs and actions.

Solution focused personal development

So, what is life coaching?

It's a solution focused approach to personal development aimed at helping people make very positive and lasting changes in their lives.

People, or 'clients', are encouraged to realise their true potential by following a process that will uncover and eliminate obstructive thinking and behavioural patterns in their lives.

The life coach facilitates this change using tried and trusted tools and techniques to empower their clients, in a caring, supportive and inspiring environment.

A life coach is there to guide and inspire his or her client to bring about a clearer understanding of their aspirations, goals and life purpose and to effect the necessary changes in their current and future behaviour to ensure the realisation of those goals and aspirations.

With the motivation, support and caring that a good life coach can provide, most people are capable of achieving far more and leading more fulfilling lives than they would if left to their own devices - human nature being what it is.

Life coaching is different

In answering the question 'What is Life Coaching' it may be helpful to explain how it differs from other disciplines

Counselling and psychotherapy interventions aim to deal with past traumas and events that require healing before the future can be faced with confidence.

It is specifically aimed at functioning, mentally well people who want to achieve more from their lives by accepting that the present is what it is and that the past does not have to dictate the future.

Mentoring is a process in which wiser and more experienced people look to impart their knowledge to younger people or apprentices who want to get on in their lives or careers.

Life coaches do not look to share their experience, give advice or offer solutions. They look to use their training to help their clients come to realisations about themselves and to embrace their own power and capability.

Consulting is a process by which experts with specialist knowledge and skills will design solutions to problems or challenges faced by their clients.

Life coaches know that their clients are the only true experts when it comes to their own lives. Life coaches will work with their clients to help them design and execute their own solutions to their problems and challenges.