“What exactly is a life coach and why would I need one?” …A question I hear quite regularly in my business and one that always catches me by surprise, even though I know it shouldn’t!
Long, long ago…I remember back to my days of being a civil engineer (longer ago than I care to mention) when friends would come up to me and ask if I could help fix their car UPW Chicago.
“But I haven’t the first clue about cars’ engines,” I would protest, only to be confronted with a quizzical look…
“But you’re an engineer, aren’t you?”
When you get really close to a subject it’s easy to forget how little other people know about something that you’ve learnt to take for granted.
I’m sure you know the feeling.
In fact, I have to keep slapping myself as a reminder that it was just a few short years ago that I first asked that very same question:
“What is life coaching – and what does a life coach do?”
From my experience, most uninitiated people have preconceived notions about life coaching that are derived from their understanding of disciplines that are more well known. Rabbiting on about what a life coach is, often does little to dispel these notions.
I find it useful, when introducing people to the unquestionable benefits of having a personal life coach, to start by explaining what life coaching is not… and gently expand from there.
Life coaching is not counselling.
First and foremost, life coaching is not a form of counselling or therapy.
Life Coaches aren’t there to diagnose how past traumas may have contributed to your current condition, help fix personal problems, heal emotional wounds or slay past demons.