When was the concept of life Coaching first developed?
The concept of life coaching was first developed by Thomas Leonard, an American financial planner in the 1980s. After observing that his clients wanted more from his than the usual tips on how to safeguard their incomes and invest, and rather seek help in organizing their lives better and achieving their goals, whether its for personal or professional reasons, Leonard gradually shifted from financial planning to developing the concept of "life-planing".
How is Life Coaching different from counseling?
Most often, people confuse the process of counseling with life coaching. Although both therapists/counselors and life coaches enable clients to make positive changes in their lives and become more productive, the two processes differ in their fundamentals.
Life Coaches focus on identifying the clients current obstacles and challenges to develop a plan on how to overcome or modify them. The goal is to help clients identify and understand their obstacles in order to guide them in the right direction towards achieving their desired results. Life coaches deals with optimizing the opportunities in the client's life so that he or she can achieve greater happiness and inner peace.
Counselors and Therapists are healthcare professionals that work with clients to help them deal with emotion and issues in the past affecting the present. Their goal is deep understanding through exploring the clients subconscious and unconscious mind.
What can I expect from Life Coaching?
The Life Coaching experience is different for everyone but most clients have found the process to be effective. It has helped clients make positive changes in their lives in order to accomplish their goals.
Through life coaching, you can expect the following:
- Improved communication skills
- Increased self-esteem
- Ability to make better decisions
- Enhanced relationships
- Better personal and work life balance
- Achieving personal and professional goals
- Feeling better physically and connected spiritually
- Increased awareness of what is more important
What about confidentiality?
Everything that is discussed in the process of life coaching is 100% confidential.
How many Life Coaching sessions will I need?
This depends on what you want to achieve, and how much effort you are willing to put in achieving your goals. The number of sessions is based on individual goals. There are no long-term commitments.
Does coaching work for everyone?
Unfortunately, Life Coaching does not work for everyone. The client has to be willing to change internally and follow the corrective measures to do so. Coaching requires commitment and hard work from the client. He or she must be willing to be accountable for his or her behavior as well as his intentions. Commitment and perseverance is highly needed through the process, but payoffs can be great in terms of improved self-esteem and the drive to reach personal or professional goals.