The Life Coach encourages and advises clients on a variety of professional and personal matters. Life coaching is not about giving therapy or diagnosing ailments, although the Coach should be prepared to identify and refer the client to a Clinical Psychologist or a Psychiatrist if the problem requires it. A coach supports and guides you to make the most of your specific career projects, personal goals, and transitions by analyzing your current situation, identifying limiting beliefs and other potential challenges and obstacles you face, and devising a personalized action plan designed to help you achieve results. specific in your life.
Carl Rogers (psychologist, 1902-1987) believed that each person could achieve their goals and desires in life. In accordance with the main assumptions of Abraham Maslow, Rogers (1959) added that for a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with authenticity (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive respect), and empathy (being heard and understood). The relationship between a client and their lifestyle coach is a creative partnership that seeks to:
– Identify, clarify, and create a vision of what the client wants.
– Modify the objectives as necessary.
– Promote self-discovery and customer growth.
– Nurture and evoke strategies and an action plan based on what best suits the client’s goals, personality and vision.
– Promote customer responsibility to increase productivity.
THE TRAINING PROCESS
1. Clarifying what you want
The first step will be to clarify exactly what you want.
This is really important. John Whitmore (1992) argues that people often begin by describing what is feasible before talking about what they want or outlining goals. Instead of thinking of inspiring and creative goals that really motivate you, you’re likely to fall short with limited, negative goals.
Therefore, most coaches will start by calibrating their values using some form of training evaluation. They will probably also measure long-term goals and dreams. And they will continue to review them as they train together.
Whitmore explains that the ultimate goals that come to mind during this process are an inspiration. Often they are not under our control because there are many overlapping systems and fields of influence that come into play. This is why we need to create and focus on performance goals.
2. Assess where you are now
Coaching is about helping you get from where you are to where you want to be. Gallwey explained how an objective point of view is critical to dominating our own internal opponent.To help you, your coach will ask you questions that call for answers that are specific and descriptive, instead of general and judgmental.
O’Connor and Lages plot the characteristics of the coaching questions on the following scale:
O’Connor and Lages’ Specific-Descriptive grid
3. Reviewing your resources and options
Next, you and your coach will begin to review all available resources, options, and courses of action that could help you achieve your goals.
During this stage, you will want to identify your resources. According to Grant and Greene, “Resources can be personal experiences, mentors, influencers in your life, teachers, books, paintings, music.” Resources are where we draw our strength and inspiration. They focus and help us achieve our goals.
After calculating your resources and listing possible courses of action, you will need to critically analyze your options to account for the costs and benefits of each possible course of action.
4. Create an action plan
The next step is to design a plan that takes you from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. It will determine the steps to follow. As O’Connor and Lages say, “it will turn a discussion into a decision.”
In this plan, you will discover:
– What are you going to do and when are you going to do it?
– What kinds of obstacles will be in your way and what support you need.
– How this action will contribute to achieving your objective.
Your coach will also measure and measure your motivation and commitment with this action step.
5. Instill motivation and commitment
Throughout the process, your coach will work to keep your motivation and commitment high.
Motivation always comes from within – your coach will work with you to tap into your source. As O’Connor and Lages write:
“Values are what are important to us; they are our deepest motivation.”
6. Calibrate and stay on track
In addition to keeping you motivated, your coach will make sure you stay on track. It is easier to commit to an action plan than to follow it. By using a series of training tools, your coach can keep you on track.