Life coaching is not limited to being a profession – it is an art form too. It has surfaced in recent years as a highly influential way that people receive help, giving them their personal “helper,” who partners with them in improving all aspects of their lives. It has altered the paradigm of how people seek help using a more client-centered approach.
A life coach always takes a coaching session seriously. They view it as a sacred place for another individual, offering them the opportunity to be sincerely heard (for the first time in years for some people), and within that holy space are miracles waiting to happen.
The individual’s own problem-solving skills begin to surface, and they come to realize that they are capable of solving their problems sans other people’s advice. Without a doubt, this realization alone can be life-altering. The individual starts to view things from a whole new perspective and reaches into that part of themselves that already has all the answers. They regain control of their lives.
Listening completely – that is, with full attention on the other person – is a must in life coaching. People today are rarely ever listened to in this busy world we’re all moving in. A life coach has a natural ability to listen. It is effective for clients, the ones who can express themselves openly, to have somebody who really listens to them. Helping others in have a beautiful life entails more listening than talking.
When a person is listened to with undisturbed focus on what they’re saying, they come up with their own solutions and decisions, and learn options they never saw before.
Before you select a life coach there are distinct qualities you have to look for. A life coach with several certifications may not be naturally attentive or have inborn people skills, while one with zero formal certification can have noteworthy listening skills and helpful insights to offer.
Before choosing a life coach, take time to ask the following questions:
Is the life coach a good listener?
Are you comfortable enough that you can be very honest to them?
Does it feel like they actually understand you?
Are they passionate and authentic when dealing with you?
Do you feel like they really have your welfare at heart rather than some hidden motive?
A life coach should listen to you and provide guidance, not instruct you on how to live your life. They are not your therapists or consultants. Remember, you are the captain of the ship. If a prospective life coach tells you that he can run your life for you, be wary.