For the past ten years, my motto for what I do as a Life Coach has been: “I’m not here to change you…just to wake you up!” It’s not my job to change anyone; it is my job to empower each client to make changes, shifts and to transform his/her own life.
Sooo….what is it? Is it therapy? Is it counselling? What kind of credentials does the “coach” have to have, in order to qualify as a “Life Coach”?
Well…this is a growing field: COACHING. You know about football coaches and vocal coaches, right? These folks help the footballs players and the singers do what they do better, play the game at the next level, reach their highest potential in their game or art. Likewise, the “Life Coach” is trained to ask the right questions; to watch and listen for the distance between what you SAY you want in your life and what it is you are DOING and THINKING that presents barriers to having the life you love.
So many people will ask me: “so…why do I DOOO that?” and I answer “I’m not sure why…and if you had the answer, would it make a difference?” I would much rather avoid the “analysis paralysis” and go straight to observing what is working and not working. To stop looking back and analyzing ourselves out of the business of living; and to look forward at what we want our lives to be and how we want to experience ourselves in our work, our relationships and our spiritual connection with ourselves and our creative source.
Some Life Coaching may lean toward the business approach to things; will look at goals and create concrete action steps to achieve and remain accountable for those goals. Other Life Coaching may be a spiritually-based intuitive approach to looking at the person on a mind-body-spirit basis, looking and listening for the consonance or dissonance between what a client may want to experience in life and what he/she may be willing to allow to emerge.