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>The Life Coach Therapy

>The Situation

Many people who get stressed seek the professional help of psychiatrists, consult with psychologists, and depend on medication prescribed and handed upon payment by pharmacists. It becomes a trend in very busy people, either emotionally, physically, spiritually, or mentally.

A successful psychiatrist will cost several hundred to thousands of dollars throughout the program, and will actually be stressful enough on the budget. Those who are well off and can afford this type of help are fortunate compared to those who are conscious of their budget. Life coach methods are not utilized in this manner.

The bad side of professional help in this manner is that it is not deep enough to leave a lasting effect that could enable the individual to actually help himself and be independent.

This may temporarily help alleviate the causing stress for the individual and resume work or chores, but sooner or later stress would build up again and soon, he is back into the psychiatrist’s office, propped on the sofa, and cashing out hundreds of dollars again.

The Approach

The life coach therapy is more than just guiding the individual to self realization and acceptance. Life coach by profession is more of a guidance counselor, seeing to it that the problems causing the stress to an individual is not only handled properly, but looked upon as a positive sign that these problems are and will always be present, and that the individual’s responsibility for better stress management is to include the problems into daily routine.

This life coach therapy is a co-active approach wherein the one helping is also immersed in the situation as if he was actually part of it. This is needed to understand the level of healing a troubled person needs for recovery. Instead of just being a spectator to the events of the individual, a life coach would actually inculcate the way the same stressors trouble the client.

The Cheerleader

A life coach is a cheerleader in a way that he is there to initially place the client in a positive mood in preparation for a more positive outlook throughout the conversation. Proper communication techniques are employed wherein the life coach allows the client to speak out freely of his woes and troubles and concerns.

A life coach in this manner becomes your morale booster in the initial phase of the healing process of the person in trouble. A life coach has the responsibility to initially maintain the little morale that is left in the person in need.

The Big Difference

This may be so much similar with psychiatrists and psychologists but a life coach goes beyond just a client – doctor relationship. It becomes more of a friend – friend relationship, with the life coach following up on the status of the troubled individual, offering philosophical advice rather than diagnosing the problem of the individual.

This manner helps the individual feel less like a robot just waiting for repair parts to be given, and make them feel more of a human being, being cared for and being given concern.

Rather than direct scientific approaches are administered to them by psychiatric and similar methods, a more personal and social approach of life coach techniques are instead identified.

There is a broad range of life coaching techniques, from personal to business type of coaching. Whatever the objective a person in need has, different approaches may be utilized. It is similar to having a best friend guarding and supporting your back whenever you feel down and hopeless.

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>Taking A Big Step: Coaching A Life

>At your first encounter of the term ‘life skill coach’ you may think how absurd it is to be able to coach some other persons’ life. But it is definitely possible to do that. There is more to coaching than the term it self. A lot of people are in the limbos of their lives now and they need someone to put them back on track and that’s what life coaches do.

Being The One
Not just anyone can call them selves a coach and go leading other people. To be one, you have to undergo training of a Life Skill program. Once you are certified to have the knowledge and the experience you become a professional on the field.

There are personal characteristics that are important to be a successful coach. First off, is that you have to be mentally and emotionally stable to help others. You should be able to deal and get along with different kinds of people. You should be accepting to them and is able to express your self clearly to convey to them what you really mean in order to avoid confusion.

It’s not that easy to coach, since you would have to be socially detached to be objective but sufficiently involved to be able to ‘feel with’ your client. You must gain a balance between the two so that whatever comes out from your mouth would not be biased and lead them to some decisions that aren’t well thought of.

Being The Light
Coaching does not mean you tell the person what exactly to do in his life. It is more of guiding him and making him see the different facets of his problem. You help him with all aspects of life whether spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social, professional and even aesthetic.

You don’t answer their problems but instead you ask them thought provoking questions for them to be enlightened and see the possibilities of their situation. It’s like lighting up the path for them so that they may see the clearer picture that they are in. You help them achieve their goals and dreams, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you do it for them.

You aren’t their attorney, doctor, maid, professor beautician, priest, accountant, fitness trainer and the likes. You don’t do therapy either. You play a much different role from the list. What you do is help your clients make sounding decisions in their lives. Recommending clients to other professionals such as those above is done too in the case that they need to see one.

At The End
Once you have successfully coached, it may not seem obvious to you but you actually have given your client skills that he needs in life. They get to think more effectively and make decisions wisely than before. You also give them a sense of companionship throughout their struggles. This companionship is basically enough to keep them holding on but you give more than that.

They achieve self-awareness and a sense of fulfillment. They acquire a balance of the different aspects in life that used to be like an unsolved jigsaw puzzle for them. All of these are possible because of their participation and the little nudges you give them to bring them back to their personal tracks in life.

There’s nothing comparable to the fulfillment you get in helping out others at the same time its not that easy for you either. Are you ready to coach a life? Now it’s about time for you to make the decision!

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>Starting Your Life Coach Career

>You have always wanted to become a life coach ever since you were a fetus. And now, after months or even years of preparation and training, you have become a certified life coach. Now what? It seems like you have hit a wall and do not know what do to next. Well, here are some tips and ideas that may get your engine going.

Target Market

The first thing you could do is to determine who your target market is. Do you want to be a corporate life coach who helps corporate businesses and their employees or do you want to be a life coach for individuals only.

Next is to determine who you want as are your clients. Do you want your clients to be men or women? Age ranging from 25 to 40, 30 to 50, or 200 to 300 years old? These are the decisions that only you can make. It is all about your preference. You could start out by choosing clients who you can work comfortably with. If you are more comfortable working with men, then do so. If you are more comfortable working with women, by all means, do so.

Slowly by slow you expand your targets. You can start life coaching other than those you are comfortable with. You may have started with men but now you can start with women and try to accustom yourself working with them. You try to become more comfortable.

Be Confident

You have worked hard to achieve what you have achieved and you should be proud of it. Show your self confidence in the kind of work you are doing. You should see yourself as a polished professional that is very effective in the line of work you are doing.

By being confident, you are also building self esteem and more belief on yourself. Once you feel this yourself, you emanate this to your surroundings, environment and other people which include your clients.

Market Yourself

A life coach is not a coach when who or she has no one to coach. As a beginning life coach, you need to market and make yourself known to other people. There are several ways to market yourself especially over the internet. You can write articles and you can even make your own blog site. Content should be about life coaching and other information related to it.

You could also write things about yourself and the services you provide. A tip when writing about yourself is knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are. But you do not want other people to know your weaknesses so you write all about your strength. But one thing you should keep in mind though is to never go overboard as to lie about your weakness and turn it into a strength. The key here is to always tell the truth.

Join Activities for Life Coaches

Every once in a while there will be activities like seminars for life coaches. As someone who is just starting out in this career path, joining these activities will be greatly beneficial.

You can meet other life coaches who have been on the job for years and have had accumulated valuable experience. You can ask them for some tips or pieces of advice regarding your current situation.

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>Spotting A Qualified Life Coach

>The problem with people nowadays is that they do not have a goal in life. This is true not just for the younger generation, but is also true for the older ones. Fortunately, there are now people whose job is to help people determine their goals in life and aid them in achieving those goals.

These people are called life coaches. But with a lot of people calling themselves life coaches, how do you spot a qualified life coach who could truly and effectively help you?

What is a Life Coach?

The first step in spotting a qualified life coach is knowing what a life coach really is. The job description of a life coach is someone who aims to help people determine their goals as well as achieve them. A life coach practices life coaching which uses techniques developed in executive coaching.

A life coach uses several different methods and techniques to aid people. These techniques were developed from leadership training as well as from management consulting.

Common Misconceptions About Life Coaching

People have several misconceptions about life coaching. There are those who think that life coaching is synonymous to therapy or consultation. But life coaching is neither of those things. It is not targeted to treat anyone with mental or psychological illnesses. It is all about coaching (as its name implies). As coaches, they train and guide people about being goal oriented.

But these misconceptions though can credited to the different inspirations of life coaching. The practice of life coaching, as well as its principles, is rooted to different disciplines. These include the disciplines of psychology, sociology, career counseling, positive adult development, and mentoring.

Qualified Life Coach

Now that you have an idea of what a life coach is and what it is not, you already have the basics of spotting what a qualified life coach is. He or she is someone who aims to help people with their goals and he or she is not a therapist nor somebody who treats a person with mental and psychological illnesses. But these are just the basics and will not suffice in determining whether a person is truly a qualified life coach.

Life coaching has no official regulatory standards and no governed training or education thus anybody can call themselves life coaches. The lack of these standards would also mean that no certificate can prove that they truly are qualified life coaches. This also means that no life coach training will give a person any standardized certification. So what do you do?

There are two ways to go about this. First is by word of mouth and the other is training experience. Word of mouth means that a lot of people are saying good things about that certain life coach and they are eager to recommend his or her services to other people. They will also be the persons who can tell you about the effectiveness of that life coach.

Another determinant of a qualified life coach is training experience. This is different from an “unstable life coach certificate.” You should remember that life coaching uses methods like values assessment, mentoring, behavior modeling, behavior modification, goal setting and other techniques.

Since these are the tools of his or her trade, a life coach should have training in at least one of these fields.

Last but not the least a qualified life coach is someone who you can easily communicate with. Even if a life coach possesses everything stated above but if you do not “click” with each other, then that certain person is “not” qualified for you. This though is speaking from a subjective point of view.

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>My Enemy is My Friend: the Unwanted Life Coach

>The Veridical Paradox

Is there a possibility that something unwanted is in fact needed? Is there a possibility that an enemy is a friend at the same time? Also, is there a possibility that a contradiction is a contradiction in itself in an endless loop? If any of those yield an answer of affirmation, then there is a possibility that a needed life coach may be an unwanted life coach in the first place.

Usually, trends in society nowadays favor an individual seeking for a deep and personal connection of co-participation with another peer referred as a life coach. In this aspect, that individual is in need of something he wants to be inculcated in his lifestyle. The individual sees the necessity of having someone guiding.

Even with the presence of a personal coach for the existence and sanity of a person, a human being’s way of thinking is that he will utilize what is needed, when needed, and wherever the need could be applied with. And that which is not needed is discarded or shunned away.

People, being social creatures have always been bent in preferring to be with people they want to be with. It has been a stereotype that only friends are of value to each other and enemies are of the opposite value to be discarded. But the fact remains that in order to meet and value the meaning of friends, there should have been enemies to compare friends with. Now doesn’t that contradict it? Here are enemies being of help; unknowingly interacting in order for individuals to treasure friendship connections with others. So if that is the case, aren’t enemies the first friends of the affected individual?

Capability and Potential

It is quite hard to defend the statement “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Some might answer that with chicken due to its capability to lay eggs, while others would choose the egg for its potential in becoming a chicken someday, and since the chicken currently in check came from an egg.

Friends and enemies are no different from the chicken nor the egg in this chaotic world. Friends may have been enemies from the past reconciled, and enemies may be the friends that had taken a different path in life against your own.

So how exactly do enemies become a friend? We could put it into perspective that en enemy is already an identified negatively social person. An enemy is already expected to be a cause of unconstructive outcome when interacted.

An enemy has already made us cautious of what to avoid so that we do not experience the same unpleasant things. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try to think that they are not capable of doing the same thing again, the fact that the person has already experienced doing it may carry it out again

By logic, our enemies have already been teaching us pointers in life to learn from those things we do not wish to experience again, and to overcome such pasts and be much stronger in life. They have indirectly been capable of inflicting a painful encounter and have potentially warned us of what may happen again.

Whether we like it or not, each of our enemies has been an unwanted life coach in our lives. They have been unforeseen friends amidst the disagreeable encounters. My enemy is my friend, and my friend may be my enemy.

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>Life Coaching Through Experience

>Everyone is in a Routine

Morning breaks, people start their routine, businessmen begin thinking of the day’s itinerary, students begin packing their books, others think of anything under the sun, and even those without anything to actually do stand by and wait whatever happens. One thing is common among all these: they are waiting for something to happen for them to react beyond their routine.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if ever the events in their lives would have a change in their way of thinking, or if the events would just be a normal occurrence for them to shrug off and move on. These events will be experiences, and these events would be life coaching for them.

When Dire Events Become Life Coaching Events

The normal routine for people to go about and do what they have been accustomed to do may not bear any weight in their character building since it becomes automated.

However, given a situation where a bomb explodes, a car collides, or even be in an accident because one has been so busy crossing the street holding a cellular phone and talking instead of concentrating on crossing would definitely be traumatic enough to teach a lesson to the individual.

Unexpected events become life coaching incidents, especially if it teaches people what to do to avoid being involved in an unfortunate accident.

When Rewards Become Life Coaching Events

On the same note, when a person is rewarded by something he did or contributed, and the reward is significant enough for that individual to cherish, there is a tendency that the individual will keep in mind what things are supposed to be done to be rewarded with the same thing. Life coaching in this manner is done by inputting certain actions for rewards and keeping in mind that good things come when certain actions are done in a situation.

When Experiences in General Complete the Life Coaching Process

So throughout the day, a person may encounter both positive and negative events. Some may have so much good events and rewards that it boosts his self-esteem, and it becomes his motivation and drive to do even better. Some unfortunately get more negative events and ill-timed occurrences that it may demoralize the person and lose interest in what he is supposed to do.

Life coaching process in this manner is a double edged sword and is dependent on the person’s mindset. A person who is passive may succumb to hopelessness when faced with negative events, while proactive people are challenged to overcome it.

A person’s mindset is an incomplete life coaching method since it depends on the previous attitude that he was brought up to be. This is but a small problem since there is an easy solution for this to help the individual cope up with it.

This is where supplemental life coaching from people and professionals are needed. These supplemental life coaches will enhance the positive and proactive mindset of the individual in order for him to look at things positively even if faced with a negative one.

Experiences are good if the person has been molded into a proactive and optimistic person. Nonetheless, being optimistic and having a good life coach perspective needs a constant maintenance of both experiences and supplemental life coaching from other people.

And that is why socialization experience is also an important form of life coaching.

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>Life Coaching And Business – A Match Made In Heaven

>Although life coaching is a great and lucrative business venture, this is not what the article is all about. This piece will be discussing on the effects of life coaching in businesses. Can it really bring upon changes and improvements to a company?

What is a Life Coach and What is Life Coaching

A life coach is a new breed of professionals aimed at helping people in any aspects of their lives. They are there to aid people change and make improvements in their lives. It can be anything from careers, love, sex, relationship, weight control, business, etc. A life coach will also focus on determining a person’s goals as well as achieving them.

As the word “coach” implies, a life coach is their to “coach” and not to direct as opposed to some beliefs. He or she is not there to say, “you do this and you do that,” instead, the life coach will create for you foundations or lay down different paths for you.

It is up for you to decide which is the best path for you to take. Everything is all about you and it is also you who makes all the decisions and not the life coach.

A life coach, as some may believe, is actually not a therapist or a consultant. He or she is not there to treat psychologically ill or mentally unstable patients. A life coach is there for the healthy (physical and mental) person who wants to implement changes in his or her life. With the help of life coaching, a person will be able to achieve these changes.

Life coaching is the process practiced by life coaches. It has stemmed from other executive coaching with techniques rooted on leadership training and management consulting. Life coaching is also based on different disciplines which include psychology, sociology, career counseling, mentoring, and positive adult development.

In life coaching there are several techniques that life coaches use to help their clients. Most of the common techniques are behavior modification, values assessment, behavior modeling, goal setting, and mentoring. Techniques and methods also vary from client to client. It is based through the assessment of the life coach whether which method would be best utilized for a client.

Improving Business Through Life Coaching

A life coach can make improvements in a business by coaching the employees that work under it. This is usually the trend of companies nowadays. It has been observed that employees, especially those who have been working under the company for a long time, experience a downfall in performance. This can be caused by different reasons which include low motivation and stagnancy.

With the help of a life coach, these employees, including the bosses, can be revitalized to work more efficiently. And people working efficiently would mean better business.

A life coach will slightly use a different method when handling groups. Most often than not, activities will be based on groups and team work which will be geared towards the kind of business or industry the company is in.

But it is not only during the downfall when life coaches become needed by the company. They are also needed when a new departments are formed, inspiration before presentation of a proposal, or for team building.

It can’t be denied that life coaching does have a big impact in the corporate world. Life coaching and business truly is a perfect match.

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>Life Coaches Come in Small Packages

>Life Coaches Without Words

Some of the most successful therapies did not come from professionals like psychologists. Some haven’t been acquired through paid services. Some actually have not given any advice. These successful therapeutic life coaches have just been present, and their mere presence are the things that helped people cope up and overcome even the deepest regrets, depressions, repressions, insecurities, and stressors. These are what we often refer to as pets.

When Life Coaches Other Than Humans are Needed

Articles and similar life stories relating to couples who can’t have any offspring are faced with a heavy burden of being labeled in society as incapables. Many couples find fulfillment in family status as soon as they start having children…someone calling their own. Unfortunately, physiological limitations and imperfections hamper reproductive functions. Couples in this situation seek something else to provide them the comfort and security of loving someone – or in some cases something.

Many other individuals who have been left by their loved one, been physically hurt, in emotional distraught, or alone in life like some elderly seek the same calming effect by these small life coaches. Even in hospitals where ill patients are down and burdened suddenly come alive with hope and improvement because of these pets’ presence.

Pets Like Humans

This is where you would see dogs or cats, or any other pet so well pampered, and taken care like they were humans. One would see them living in their owners’ houses, eating the same food, being groomed, given baths, being brought around and placed even in strollers! Many see this as utterly weird and nonsensical, others may even refer to this practice as absurd and radical. However, these small life coaches are keeping the burdened couple together and away from depression of actually having a real baby.

It is when these pets act like humans giving compassion and love and helping troubled people recover and have a better outlook in life do they become life coaches. Like real human life coaches, pets in this manner have the unspoken ability to impart the same comfort and self assurance to those in need of care.

And since they are living side by side with their owners, eating with them, sleeping under the same roof as them, looking after them, and being there to share their presence filled with accompaniment, they are perfect examples of co-active life coaches.

The wonderful thing about these pets is that they don’t have to say anything, or advice any words of wisdom and impart philosophical ideas for the troubled individual to think about. These pets are life coaches in a way that they allow the person to reflect and see the beauty and wonder of being loved and having someone stay by their side in times of loneliness or need.

This is the same method that some human life coaches try to implement. By keeping quiet for some point in the healing process, they allow the person to have and conduct some self searching while being offered the presence in case these individuals would need actual assistance.

These pets that are acquired just for the mere idea of being preoccupied and happy is already a small way to distress us before it could get any worse.

They live with us side by side as we mature ourselves. Pets are more than just animals for fun and leisure. They are life coaches that come in small packages.

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>Life Coach Specialization

>There are different forms of life coaching available to meet the needs of their clients. As a life coach, you can specialize on a certain field that you think you would do best. Each field is unique from each other, but interconnected too. Sometimes, you have to integrate one field to the other to make your coaching successful.

Relationship Coaching: Dr. Love

This involves helping your client deal with relationship issues in their lives. May it be a past love, present relationship, or even making decisions on choosing a life partner. A lot of people nowadays have love as their biggest problem. Teenagers and adults of all ages have this waterloo in their lives.

This type of coaching does not only include romantic relationships. It may also tackle family, friend, colleague, and neighborhood relations.  The client is made to realize that keeping the quality of relations to other people is important for their own personal growth.

Business Coaching: Doing It The Professional Way

Here, you help your client to become successful in their business life. You help them make decisions that are vital to their advancements.  Clients in this area probably face problems such as lack of confidence on themselves to run their business or to face the problems they encounter regarding the field.

As a coach, you help them see the clearer framework of the business world. You suggest on strategies for them to evolve into a confident and successful businessmen. You can help them start a business, take it to the next level, advertise effectively, finance wisely and set their priorities.

Management Coaching: Creating A Leader

Here, managers are the most common clients. They are coached on how to be effective and efficient managers. You coach them to hone their leadership skills to the fullest. They usually face problems on decision making, relating to their inferiors, co-workers and superiors. In the end, they are able to cope up with the stresses of having a managerial position.

Spiritual Coaching: Uplifting The Spirit

This field deals with the less materialized problems. It involves uplifting your clients spirit, may it be religiously or not. It can be beneficial not only to the client but also to the coach. The product of a renewed spirit waits in the end.

Life Balance Coaching: Learning To Juggle

Clients who need to know how to balance all those different aspects of their lives whether physical, emotional, social, business, academic and the likes, usually need someone like this. They get to learn their priorities and see clearly what is really important and what truly matters in their lives.

Health And Fitness Coaching: To Live A Long Life

Clients that have health problems, most commonly weight problems enroll in this kind of program.

As a coach, you do not play doctor or a fitness trainer here, but instead you’ll be the one to refer them to one. You are there to motivate them to make changes with positive effect on their lives and keep them going until they reach their goal.

Being a life coach means aiming for the holistic development of your client. So whatever form of life coaching you are in or planning to go into, remember that you shouldn’t forget to look at the whole picture and see whether there are problems in those other areas of your client’s life.

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>Life Coach Objective

>The Requirements

There are a lot of academic institutions which offer courses, trainings, and seminars on how to become a life coach. Many of these contemporary schools of thought and practice are situated in UK and adjacent countries like Scotland, Denmark and other European countries. Including the United States of America, the thought of life coaching has easily spread and gained popularity in every corner of the world.

So what does it take to become a life coach? One may actually try and seek for courses offered in the internet and access institutions offering them. Some may even try and think that there are set authorities in determining what a life coach student may have, feel, undergo, and train for in order to become a licensed practitioner.

Fortunately, this social science is not considered to be the basis for self stature in relation to commerce and industry, or any other thing. Life coaching is more than that.

Being a life coach does not require anything obligated to academics. Training to become one is more of guidance from previous successful life coaches like Judge, Cowell, Whitworth, Kimsey-House, and other similar personalities. Requirement to become a possible life coach is just a sane, sound, and an open mind. Starting with the self in preparing to be a sponge eager to be filled with life’s experiences as if it was water, a potential and successful life coach is about to be molded.

The Objective

Sure it is easy to be a mentor, adviser, confidante, consultant, and a friend whose purpose is to help out someone in need of a certain thing. A life coach does all that as well. Now you may ask what differences set life coaches apart from mere consultants or advisers.

Objective. Life coaches have an objective to deal with in seeing to it that the one they are coaching would get to what goals are set prior to the coaching. In contrast to just confidantes who give support, life coaches are there to go along with the success of his pupil.

The life coach becomes more than just a teacher imparting words of wisdom and encouragement to his pupils. He becomes a pupil himself to know how things work with the people he is coaching. It is co-active coaching. The objective of the students become the objective of the coach himself as if he was the actual person needing coaching.

Training with the experts may have brought about all the knowledge and techniques to properly conduct life coaching, but there are still many instances wherein experiences in real life become the solidifying agent of all the dust we refer to as learnings in life. Our objective as a life coach begins with the self.

After we have set our personal objective to be a sponge ready to absorb water, we then start dealing with other people’s objectives and help them reach it through active participation. It may sound silly but as social people, we need to participate in other people’s affairs.