What is a Life Coach? It’s a broad umbrella name for a person, qualified or not, that coaches another person.
Life Coaching is the process of one person coaching another person who wants to make positive changes in their life.
Both Personal Coaching and Professional coaching fall under the all-encompassing term Life Coaching.
Personal coaching, as the term implies, is more centered on a persons personal life. While Professional coaching is focused on a persons business life or career.
With Life Coaching, similar to sports coaching, the aim to help an individual enhance their abilities to do certain behaviors well, and to stop doing behaviors that are detrimental to achieving a goal or outcome.
In sports coaching the expert coach may be called in to help a figure skater perform the triple axel jump. To do this, the sports coach not only works with the skater’s physical needs but also their mental needs of dealing with the stress of such a difficult jump.
In Life Coaching the expert coach may be called in to help with a small business owner’s need to move their company to the next level, or to help a salesperson out of a slump, or to help an adult or child overcome anxiety dealing with a particular life situation.
Broad To Specific Coaching
Because Life Coaching is such a broad area and the coaches expertise varies from coach to coach, there can be an unlimited number of situations and an infinite number of coaching styles.
Often coaches will select one area of expertise to work within. One example of a more specific type of Life Coach would be: For mothers with postpartum depression.
Ronda is very successful at helping “Bullied Children Suffering Poor Grades From Social Anxiety.” Because, after all, Ronda is the expert on Self Esteem and all its variations. Many people have had a life-changing “Ah-Ha” moment just by reading her book, How To Heal from years of criticism, insults, abuse & rejection.
Our coaching first became successful through “Emotional Pain & Stress Relief” and at business meets people would literally hold our business card up and yell to their partner across a crowded floor to “check it out.”
Life Coaching Beginnings And Reach
Life Coaching had its first real surge in the 1990’s and many coaches and coaching companies of the day took credit for its creation. But, according to Wikipedia, the term Life Coach was mentioned as early as 1941.
Today every type of business is using the internet and social media combination to bring awareness to themselves creating a huge demand for Life Coaches. Because the more people become aware of the benefits of Life Coaching, the more people search it out.
Some people simply want peace of mind while other want successful careers. I once coached a retired lady who just wanted to feel comfortable talking within a small group of people. She had always felt a great deal of anxiety whenever she had to speak to more than one person at a time.
It’s Not Age Specific
We noticed early on that there wasn’t an age-specific group involved in coaching. Even though the majority of people who seek coaching from us at Life Potential Developments are in the 40 to 60 age group, we have coaching clients in all age group. Ronda’s coached an 8-year-old with separation anxiety and a 10-year-old with school anxiety.
And I have coached many people over 60, and the oldest was a lady of 72.
Most baby boomers have climbed through life carrying childhood baggage along, and are more than ready to dump it with the help of a good Life Coach. It’s their time to move on and enjoy peace of mind because they have worked hard for it.
It’s Not Person Specific – Yes It Is For You!
We have successfully coached people in many different life areas, from dishwashers to Federal Government politicians, from young children to senior citizens. And from supercharged life filled individuals to a person with only months to live.
Once you understand that, yes, your problem can be “fixed” and that you can have a much happier, healthier, and more successful life once you decide to get help with it, then what would ever hold you back?
In 1998 the International Coach Federation surveyed 210 coaching clients for demographic data and feedback/opinions about the value and use of coaching.
Of these respondents, 197 were employed professionals with a formal, on-going relationship with a coach with an average duration of 9 months. Over 80% of the respondents had undergraduate degrees and over a third had Master’s degrees or higher.
Highlights of Survey Results
Level of confidence in the coach
50% confide in their coach as much as their best friend, spouse or therapist
12% confide in their coach more than anyone else
The main role of the coach
85% listen and give honest feedback
47% business consultant
Typical issues addressed
81% time management
74% career guidance
59% relationship / family issues
52% physical/wellness issues
45% personal issues
Value of the coaching investment
70% “very valuable”
Outcomes attributed to coaching
68% higher level of self-awareness
62% smarter goal-setting
61% more balanced life
57% lower stress levels
52% improved self-confidence
43% improved quality of life
40% enhanced communication skills
36% more effective project completion
34% improved health and fitness
33% improved relationship with co-workers
33% improved family relationships
32% increased energy
32% experienced increased enjoyment
26% increased income
26% stopped a bad habit
23% more free time