What is life coaching?
Recognizing freedom, developing visions, mobilizing energies, moving forward step by step
the process of life coaching (occasionally also called “personal coaching”) is open to all subjects and issues. These might be classical business issues, focusing on your job and career, but it might also be a very personal question. And of course it could be mixture of both.
In any area of life, questions may arise which we cannot answer by ourselves, and where advice from family and friends fails to help.
As a neutral, professional conversation partner, your life coach does not judge, does not condemn, has no agenda or goal for you. This enables you to speak what you might not even dare think, but secretly wish for.
It is possible to realize not only your wishes, but also your own visions. And when you have the vision, you can mobilize your own powers to propel you in that very direction. Self-efficient action not only feels good, but also has higher prospects of success – more so than waiting for a substitute for your own life.
Life coaching is a short-term intervention. It is usual to schedule between one and ten sessions in order to clarify important life questions. You decide how often and how long you want to work on your issue.
What is life coaching not?
Life coaching is not therapy. Yet therapy and coaching are closely related – perhaps they resemble each other like two siblings who are close on the one hand, yet profoundly different on the other. Even people who are psychologically stable may experience crises and indecision at times.
Coaching is not about asking what happened in the past, why things are the way they are, where the wound lies and how it can be healed. Unlike many psychotherapeutic methods, coaching is almost invariably future-oriented, its work is solution- and goal-oriented, the process is usually shorter and more productive, and its positive results are easier to quantify.
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
(David Starr Jordan)
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