“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
What is Life Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
Life coaching helps people lead more fulfilled and meaningful lives. Beginning with a focus on what already works for you (known as Appreciative Inquiry), coaching helps you identify and optimize your values and strengths.
Coaching helps you to look at the big picture of your life so that, if appropriate, you can adjust the path you are on. Coaching encourages deep reflection about yourself and your life in order to increase insight and awareness. It is about using this new understanding to make clear and new choices. Finally, it is about committing to taking action in order to create real and lasting change toward greater meaning, happiness, and fulfillment.
Why Life Coaching Might Be Right For You
• You’re just going through the motions of life.
• You’re tired of coping and want to feel like you’re thriving.
• Life feels way out of balance.
• Things are basically okay but you have the sense that something is missing.
• You wonder about the meaning of your life.
• You want to create a new vision for your life, or you already have a vision but are having trouble fulfilling it.
• You are bothered by fear and self-doubt. You want to learn to feel confident.
If you identify with any of these, I can help you. We will work together on making meaningful and long-lasting changes, so you can start living the life you have always envisioned.
The Process - How Does It Happen?
A brief phone conversation to help you decide if life coaching or one of my other programs might suit you, and if I can be of service as your coach. There is no fee for this conversation. For group coaching and workshops, we can arrange your registration. If you enter individual coaching, we’ll proceed to steps 2 and 3.
The “Discovery Session” – This is an in-depth session which can be done in person, by phone, or by videophone (e.g. FaceTime). In this 90-minute session, I will ask you a number of questions about where you are in various parts of your life and what you wish to achieve in life coaching.
Coaching – This generally involves a commitment of 8-10 (45 or 60 minute) sessions as a beginning phase of coaching. Why this commitment? It takes some time to get a sense of how coaching can benefit you. This commitment is to yourself rather than to your coach. In other words, it’s not a financial commitment (you can stop coaching at any time of your choosing, even after one session) but a chance to confirm to yourself that you are prepared to stick to your plan.
It is typical to have meetings weekly at first. However, if circumstances don’t allow for this, they can be less frequent (e.g. every 2 weeks), although this may not be as beneficial. It is also typical for the frequency of meetings to decrease over time as you learn to better coach yourself.
Coaching can take place in person, by phone, or by videophone (eg. FaceTime).