A primer on how coaching can add to your life and what to expect from your sessions
“If you wish your life were different…do your life differently.” These are powerful words from Terrence Houlihan, an educator, counselor, and coach. But this statement is easier said than done. Essentially, we all possess the power to change our lives, but often, we don’t have the roadmap to steer us in the right direction. This is where coaching comes in.
What is coaching?
Depending on the person, coaching may cover different categories (i.e. life coaching, career coaching, etc.), employ different strategies, or target different goals, but there’s only one objective—self-improvement. Coaching is all about empowering you with the tools to lead a better life. This empowerment can take many forms:
In a January 2018 piece for Quartzy, writer Rosie Spinks interviewed several life coaches to gain a better understanding of coaching’s ultimate purpose. She writes that coaching is about “creating proactive steps to live the life you want.” Indeed, you’ll work with me to identify and eliminate the obstacles blocking you from your dreams.
More concretely, those who need coaching have experienced one or all of the following thoughts or feelings:
If any of these statements describe your situation, life coaching or career coaching can provide support.
What happens in a coaching session?
Once you’ve taken the leap and booked your first coaching session, what can you expect? Some coaching candidates mistakenly think that a coach prescribes every element of the journey, but that’s not the case. Your input is a vital part of the process. Vice’s Hannah Evans writes, “Simply put, a life coach helps clients reach their goals by questioning their thinking and helping to signpost without judgment.”
As your coach, I play a significant role in your journey, and I’ll support you as you move forward, but our relationship is a partnership.
From the start, you’re in the driver’s seat. You’ll come to your first session prepared with a series of questions. What do you want to work on? Where are you having trouble? This is the point where you’ll talk about the major change you desire and the issues you’ve encountered trying to get there.
Based on your questions, we’ll explore what’s important to you, and we’ll create an overview of your life. Once we have your overview, we’ll start to flesh it out with your values. We’ll work together to identify the basic elements that shape your thoughts and inform your action patterns.
Then we move on to define your life’s purpose and outline your goals. We’ll align those goals with action steps (big and small), so you can start striving toward your future.
If you don’t have your entire life figured out just yet, that’s okay. Coaching can bring value to your life by supporting you as you find your purpose and solidify your goals. Ready to take action? Schedule your free introductory coaching call with me today.