This may be with regard to achieving in the workplace, on the sports field, or in one’s personal life. Addressing ‘work – life’ balance is a typical agenda for a life coach and his/her client.
Who is life coaching appropriate for?
Life Coaching is appropriate for people from all professions and personal backgrounds and helps you to improve strengths and to build on weaknesses.
How does life coaching work?
A core principle of life coaching is that a client is given the power to help themselves. It’s important not to be prescriptive but to recognise:
Subjectivity: we hold different perspectives – no one perspective is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.
Empowerment: a life coach believes it is within everyone’s capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. With the help of life coaching, anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.
Guidance: instructor or guide? An instructor shows a person exactly what to do; a guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is about guiding, not instructing.
What happens in a life coaching consultation?
In an initial consultation, our life coach will ask you about what you want to get out of life, what areas you’re unhappy with and where you’d like to see yourself ending up. He will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don’t feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately.
What behaviours or habits can be addressed with life coaching?
Life coaching can help individuals address issues such as:
- Anxiety and stress
- Anger management
- Body image
- Exams and education
- Fears and phobias
- Habits and disorders
- Behavioural and lifestyle change
- Weight loss and weight gain
- Professional performance at work
- Sports performance
Life coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. You will also be offered support and reflection to assist you in staying focussed on identified goals.
Russell Hoyles offers a free initial consultation, which allows you the opportunity to discuss the help on offer and to consider if the programme feels right for you too.