What is a Life Coach?

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A life coach is not a consultant, mentor, cheerleader, friend or advice-giver.  A  coach helps you access "your own" wisdom, and act upon it.  A coaching relationship is not about information flowing downhill...It is a partnership between peers, where the focus is on you and your life. A  coach is an expert in helping clients create lives that are successful and fulfilling, based on the clients own values. Life coaching is one of the most powerful technologies we have for creating positive change in ourselves, and in the world. Life coaching helps you to discover what is really most important to you in your life. Life coaching will help you to design a plan to achieve those goals. A life coach will work with you to eliminate any obstacles or blocks that stand in your way, will partner with you all the ways to success and will celebrate your success with you.

Life Coaching is a designed alliance between coach and client where the coaching relationship continually gives all the power back to you, the client. A life coachbelieve that you know the answers to every question or challenge you may have in your life, even if those answers appear to be obscured, concealed or hidden inside. Every day we make choices to do or not do many things. These choices may range from profound to trivial and each one has an effect that makes our lives more fulfilling or less fulfilling, more balanced or less balanced, that makes our process of living more effective or less effective. A life coach helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life.

Life coaching is a powerful partnership that can empower, shift, and change your life and business. If you are ready to take your life, goals, dreams, and desires to the next level, then it is time to explore a life coaching partnership, as a strategy to get from where you are to where you want to be. Life coaching acts as an incubator for your wildest dreams and the strategies.

Life coaching aims to help you achieve clarity and confidence to work through issues that are holding you back from enjoying a challenging and harmonious life. Life coaching is not about making simplistic judgments about someone's life and telling that person how they ought to live it. Personal experience and social science research have shown that people are the sum of their genes, their cumulative experiences and the circumstances in which they live their lives. Therefore, successful coaching has to be based on an understanding of all these factors and not just focus on superficial behaviors.

When it comes to selecting a coach, it’s important to shop around to find someone compatible. You want a coach you like and respect. You want a coach that is knowledgeable and experienced. And you especially want a coach that will help you achieve the results you desire. This doesn’t necessarily mean hiring a coach who’s just like you, only better. It may mean hiring someone who’s very different from you. Understand that a coach is your helper, not your boss. You must be the one to decide what you want out of each session. If you aren’t clear about what you want to work on, a good coach can help you gain clarity and set new goals. Just be sure that the emerging goals are your goals, not your coach’s goals for you.

The main reason  coaching works is that you’re hiring someone with greater experience than you in a certain area. Your coach can quickly identify patterns that may not be clear to you. Then your coach can help you devise and implement solutions. When this works well, it’s a very high-leverage relationship. It’s one of the fastest ways to solve challenging problems. Businesses often hire outside consultants to help solve important problems, and life coaching is basically the individual equivalent of business consulting.

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LaWanda Hill has 2 articles online

With a BS in Psychology as well as an Associate's Degree in Divinity, LaWanda Hill is a public speaker and life coach that helps people find a better balance in their life and coaches them in how to clear their own personal path to prosperity. Also a certified Belief Therapist, LaWanda uses her education and life experiences to help adults cope with life’s often overwhelming circumstances.

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This article was published on 2011/11/25