THE POWER OF LIFE COACHING
Life coaching as an industry fully emerged in the 1990 and has exploded to a global industry with nearly 50,000 certified life coaches (ICF, 2012). With the rapid growth and many different programmes and education platforms, there is need for defining the exact scope of what coaching entails. The purpose of this essay is to conduct and integrative review of evidence-based life coaching literature in order to enlighten the millenials on power of life coaching and hopefully provides the objective of establishing life coaching community and or generation.
Keywords: life coaching, behavior change, quality of life, approach, coach, coachee, goals, awareness.
Is there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be in life? Stop struggling on your own when you can get what you want out of life in very little time with the support tools from a skilled life coach. I would like to share with you the power of life coaching and the need to engage a life coach.
Coaching is defined as unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. Due to the fact that coaching is not about telling people what to do but prompting them with questions that will require them to search for the answer from within and listening to them. Whitmore (2009).
Coaching is a wonderful relationship that gives an individual an opportunity to learn about themselves to enable them to move forward and leave behind negative behaviors or thoughts that limit their true potential. It is so important for all of us to have the opportunity in life to create a positive vision for our future and learn to enjoy the whole journey we embark on to fulfill our goals in life. Life coaching approaches and processes has a great positive impact on people’s courage. This approach is evidence-based aid in building peoples courage, helps individuals to discover magic by transforming our inner critic, overcome self –sabotage, and prioritize self – care and awaken inner beauty, get breakthrough from limiting beliefs and live a healthier, more fulfilling life, mind, body and spirit. Life coaching is a self-discovery road map and is a reliable approach and an intervention to enhance individual courage and decrease fear and anxiety.
The field of coaching has its roots in both human resource development, leadership training and organizational and developmental psychology, and sports psychology. These varying fields have different methods and approaches to coaching such as purpose coaching, vision-based coaching, goal-oriented coaching, team-based coaching, peer-coaching and transformational coaching, just to name a few. This essay focuses on personal of life coaching, a type of coaching that provides support to individuals wishing to make some form of significant change happen in their lives. Those seeking to move forward from their present situations to the real life purpose. Life coaches help coachee explore what they want in life and how they might achieve their aspirations and fulfill their dreams. The coach typically asks questions that will challenge the individual to find answers from within. The purpose is to draw out a person’s potential rather than to attempt to instill knowledge the process, in other words, is more reflective than directive. (Gray, Midgley, ; Webb, 2012)
One of the reasons life coaching is so powerful is because it is tailored to a person’s specific needs. One is able to work with their agenda to help achieve their set goals. There is gain in total clarity on dreams and life purpose. The coachee sets and complete do-able action steps and begin living according to what matters most to them. With encouragement and accountability from the coach one is able to make remarkable progress on achieving the set goals. Another reason is that a person is able to find life becoming more balanced and therefore enjoy each day life. With the help of the coach a person can see around obstacles that might have stopped them in the past, overcome roadblocks like procrastination and self-limiting beliefs. As one builds on their success we gain momentum and certainty able to obtain the life intended.
Another reason to engage life coaching is that it creates a channel of self-discovery for the coachee, so that a person can find within themselves a greater understanding of what creates fulfillment and happiness and balance in all areas of their life to achieve their highest dreams and ambitions. The coaching proves a secure space for an individual to open themselves up to possibilities and opportunities within. An individual know what he/she need and want in life and coaching provides a place where one can tap into the inner knowing to find these answers in order to achieve the set goals and dreams in life. It is so important for all of us to have the opportunity in life to create a positive vision for our future and learn to enjoy the whole journey we embark on to fulfill our goals in life.
The key to the success of coaching is how the relationship develops between a coach and coachee, the vessel in which change, development and improvement of character, attitude, behavior or a skill happens. The coach typically initiates and consciously drives the process of relationship building that must be started on mutual trust, and confidentiality. The coach has several roles to perform that may change over time, including creating safety, high-quality listening, focused inquiry and, at times, advising or recommending specific exercises, changes, actions and practices. Depending upon the goals of a coaching engagement, the activities of the coach and the role taken may vary, but typically a coach does not tell the coachee what to do or how to do something. The role is one of inquiry, examination, and supporting the coachee to discover, or unearth, or expand own ability to sail across the desired change.
The coaching profession has grown rapidly over the past 30 years, issues of ethical conduct on the part of coaches have emerged much as they did in the practice of psychotherapy and psychology during the mid-twentieth century. Coaching continues to expand globally, there is need for greater awareness, and knowledge on issues of diversity is also growing within the field. More coaches are working across geographic and cultural boundaries, as well as working with coachees with diverse racial, gender, and age profiles. A number of research studies have been conducted regarding the impact of coaching in diverse. Hence, it is important for coaches to engage in personal development and organizational training that increases awareness of variety issues and or concerns. Circa, ( 2015)
While coaching continues to expand globally, there is need for greater awareness, and knowledge on issues of diversity is also growing within the field. More coaches are working across geographic and cultural boundaries, as well as working with clients with diverse racial, gender, and age profiles. A number of research studies have been conducted regarding the impact of coaching in diverse. Hence, it is important for coaches to engage in personal development and organizational training that increases awareness of variety issues and or concerns.
Summary & Conclusion
With self-determination, commitment, the belief of a good coach and by applying the available coaching techniques life coaching allows us to boost or regain our confidence. More people than ever are seeking tools and techniques to gain the confidence they so desire, it is apparent that there is need for life coaching in the modern world today giving rise to its power and application. After all “What we practice, we become.
International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, August 2017, Vol. 15, No. 2
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