There is No Cookie Cutter Approach to Life Coaching
If you stopped 20 people on the street by guess is that you would be lucky if you could find one that could explain what Life Coaching is and what Life Coaches do. I’d even go as far as to say if you stopped 20 Life Coaches, 10 would struggle to identify their role as a Coach accurately and concisely
The problem with Life Coaching is that the industry is completely unregulated. As such you could set up tomorrow and call yourself a Life Coach without any fear of retribution or being taken to task by any official organization.
As such, unlike counseling and the therapeutic fields, Life Coaching is open to interpretation and the whims of individual coaches. Most people think that Life Coaches are like sports coaches and that our job is primarily to motivate people and tell them what to do to get the most out of life.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case. If it were it would mean that every Life Coach needed to be an expert on his clients lives and that is obviously impossible. To be successful Life Coach means I don’t have to be an expert in anything other than asking the right questions and listening. And then maybe asking some more questions and listening some more.
That shocks some people and I often hear statements like “I don’t need a Life Coach telling me how to run my life” And that’s great because the only Life Coach telling you what to do with your life is a bad Life Coach.
Having said that, because of the explosion of online marketing and the ability of some people to attract large readerships to their self development blogs, they naturally assume that the next step when you have a captive audience is to offer coaching services.
These are the types of people that are very likely to think they can advise you how best to live your life. They will often have observed what has made them successful and think that the same approach will work for everybody else. If only it were like that. If only there were a Life Coaching cookie cutter that we were all given once we became certified, life would be so much easier.
But I’m guess you know life isn’t that simple and that Human Beings are complicated creatures. It’s not unusual for me to use one process or ask one question that works wonders with one client, only for it to get blank stares and an eye roll from the next.
Life Coaching is a fine art and the coaching process requires the Coach to be reactive and be on her toes because the situation is constantly influx. I said that one approach may work with one client and not another, but it is even more complicated than that, because one approach may work in one context for a client, but not in another for the same person!
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