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What is a Life Coach?



A Life Coach is someone who aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals - including excelling in their workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in their home, exploring the self and the world, and achieving ambitions.

By harnessing specialist techniques based on core psychological principals and natural intuition, Life Coaches provide clients with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes.

Just as sports coaching enables athletes to hone themselves into the fastest, strongest, most tactical competitors in their disciplines, Life Coaching helps people from all professional and personal backgrounds improve their strengths and build upon their weaknesses to make the most of their lives.

A Life Coach will never try to be an 'agony aunt' - he or she will never attempt to dish out advice as in imposing a personal view of the world onto another person (who may or may not share the same view) and, secondly - it is not a Life Coach's job to become personally involved in a client's life. 

Life Coaching is about objectivity, structure and empowerment, not instruction or indoctrination.

At the heart of it all lies the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. 

Offering advice based on personal opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principals behind Life Coaching, which include:

  • Objectivity: we all have different perspectives of the world - no one's perspective is 'right' or 'wrong', but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.

  • Empowerment: it is within everyone's capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. 

With the help of life coaching, anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.

  • Guidance: there is a difference between an instructor and a guide. 

An instructor shows a person exactly what to do, whereas a guide provides the tools and the support a person needs to do something for themselves. 

A Life Coach is a guide, not an instructor.

 

The term 'coaching' itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for 'carriage', which is a means of transporting something from one place to another. 

A Life Coach therefore, is an individual who guides another individual from where they are in life, to where they want to be in life.

What happens during a life coaching session?



Life Coaching sessions will typically be for a specific duration, often between 1 hour to 2 hours.

Sessions can be conducted over the phone, face to face, over email, via Skype and occasionally through instant messaging.

During the session, your Life Coach will ask you about what you want to get out of life, what areas you're unhappy with and where you'd like to see yourself ending up.

Although your Life Coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas to help you move forward with your life. 

You will never be forced to make any decisions you don't feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately.

Life Coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. 

Your Life Coach should also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.



What is NLP?



Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is thought to be one of the most effective and accessible self-help methods to come from modern psychology. 

Many Life Coaches use NLP techniques to help 'reprogramme' clients' patterns of thinking and behaving. 



What can a life coach help me with?



Life Coaches utilise effective techniques to help their clients in all aspects of life. 

If you've ever struggled with anything - whether it be sticking to a diet, learning a language, moving out of your comfort zone, standing up for yourself at work, keeping a stable love life, or achieving those things you always wanted to do (see a whale, go to Asia, climb a mountain and other so called 'bucket-list' activities), then consulting a life coach could help you. 

A life coach will approach things pragmatically

Through questions and exercises, he or she will try to get a good idea of how you look at the world. 

From this, they will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal. 

Some people feel intimidated by the idea of change and so need to take things very slowly to fulfil their goals.

In this situation, a life coach might divide ultimate goals into smaller bite-sized pieces. 

Other people get impatient and lose interest if their dreams aren't realized immediately. 

In this situation a Life Coach might suggest introducing stronger reminders and incentives to keep them on track.

However you approach Life, your Life Coach will be able to tailor your sessions to fit. 



Subjects Life Coaches deal with include:



  • Love life - do you ever wonder why the opposite sex never seems to be interested in you? 

Do you wish you had the confidence to approach someone you have your eye on? 

Do you have commitment problems? 

Do you have problems trusting your spouse? 

Are you having an affair? 

Are you struggling to deal with a divorce?

Whatever the problem, a life coach could help you understand your love-life problems and then work towards rectifying them.

  • Business life - starting and running a business is tough work. 

Sometimes we get so absorbed in hard work we neglect ourselves. 

Life Coaches can help you with: leadership, decision-making, improve your self confidence, and work/life balance.

  • Personal life - perhaps you feel like you're not making the most of life. 

There's so much to see, do and learn in this world, but often a lack of confidence, time and will-power can cause us to stay inside not doing anything. 

Life Coaches use specialist skills to motivate their clients to do the things they want to do, so they can finally fight the urge to procrastinate.

  • Performance - improvement is at the heart of Life Coaching. 

Whatever your skill, life coaching could help improve it. 

Whether you're an athlete, an artist, a writer, a performer, or a musician - adopting specialist techniques will help you to push your limitations and exceed expectations.

 

How many life coaching sessions will I need?



You can have as many or as few Life Coaching sessions as you like. 

Since your Psychic Life Coach operates over the Phone or via the Internet, the sessions can easily fit around your schedule. 

Some people schedule a session once a week, some people have a session every few months, most business minded clients require for assistance whenever needed - in many cases 2 to 3 times a week.

It's entirely up to you do decide whenever you need further clarity.

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