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What is Life Coaching? A guide to working with an experienced Life Coach.

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

People seek out life coaching for a number of different reasons, but the one thing they all have in common is they are looking to work with a professional who can bring out the best in them. Perhaps Life Coaching was recommended to them, or they read something about it in a magazine or heard about someone who worked with a Life Coach. Life Coaching provides space for reflection, insight and motivation to move you forward towards your unrealised potential and closes the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. Life Coaching is great in helping you find career direction, build confidence, gain clarity and create relationship connections.

The Life Coaching partnership is based on a structured relationship framework that is set up early on in the work, through a number of questions that clarify the areas of life you want to focus on developing, changing or transforming. The framework of the relationship is dynamic and the coach can check in with the client to track the progress and see if there is a more effective way to help. Some of the most common themes that have come up in my life coaching sessions are career change or growth, health and wellbeing habits and navigating the leadership pathway involving organisations and people. Let's break them down so you can understand how the professional life coaching process works and see how life coaching can help you.

So much of our life-fulfilment comes from the quality of our relationships and connection with others. Life coaching conversations explore values and beliefs surrounding relationships as well as your emotional understanding and ability to manage emotions effectively and build trust. Goals for relationship success sometimes involve activities that can create positive bonds in relationships, deal with internal conflicts that are limiting opportunities for connection, and setting up a lifestyle that fosters kind, strategic and intimate interpersonal relationships.

Stress impacts everything and nobody these days lives stress-free. Stress is not necessarily unhealthy provided you have a good practice that helps you recover and renew your energy, resources you and allows you to bring balance to your mind, physical body and emotions. Mindfulness provides a pathway for sustaining energy and can teach you to orient the mind toward the present, attend to the body and mind affectionately and unfold the heart in kindness for ones self and others which can lead to connection and more meaningful relationships too. When the mind can see clearly it naturally chooses from a space of vitality, and the coaching engagement helps to provide insights about what the body and mind needs to live with wellbeing in mind.

Career Coaching can support you in developing a meaningful and inspiring career. From finding purpose, making a career change to establishing work life balance or a new business start up. I'm passionate about empowering clients to create a conscious career path so they feel inspired tpo do the work. I've supported employees within organisations and worked with professionals, leaders, students and people thinking about returning to work, advancing into leadership, starting a business or returning to study. I can help you change careers or even industries or overcome challenges in your professional role or workplace. Typically career coaching helps you identify and align with your professional values and strengths, build confidence and map a new purposeful career or start up business. It can support to navigate complex challenges with your work life, develop new skills to build on your performance and satisfaction.

Today's leaders live in complex times and as such, engaging a leadership coach is a great option - especially when they need to become effective at delegating day-to-day work in order to build a vision and innovate on behalf of an organisation or small business. Reflective practice can aid leaders in shaping a sound strategy, as well as helping the leader stay open to the full spectrum of possibilities that may present on any given day. The work can help them stay true to their values when challenged by the ethical dilemmas that inevitably arise within large organisations. For emerging leaders, building strategic relationships based on trust can help them have more movement, and aid with conflict resolution. Leadership coaching also helps leaders understand their leadership shadow and overcome challenges that arise on the path of leadership. Developing change management, organisational and creative skills can also help boost their existing skill set, and prepare them to expand into broader leadership and executive roles.

More often than not, someone who seeks coaching doesn't fit neatly into one category, but rather comes to coaching with an intention to develop an area of life - and finds everything is slightly changed from their experiences. We don't experience our life and work in silos - we are whole ecological human beings and as we become more integrated, effective and authentic, both life and work fulfil us. We grow and develop naturally in both areas. If you're keen to find out more about Life Coaching please contact me.


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