What is Coaching?
The dictionary defines a life coach as a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. It is a profession that is uniquely different from consulting, mentoring, therapy, or counseling.
A coach skillfully meets clients where they are and guides them forward, identifying and acting on specific personal and professional goals. Clients may choose to focus on a wide range of topics, some of which are inter-personal skills, relationships, work/life balance, work transitions (such as entering, shifting, or exiting a career)…or life transitions such as empty-nesting, re-entering the workforce, retirement, and much more.
The goal is greater self-awareness so that the client can make the best choices for her/himself. In the coaching conversation we identify what is going on right now, what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choose a course of action to move forward. Coaching always includes action steps and your coach becomes an accountability partner to ensure that you do what you say that you want to do; and if you don’t, then the coach helps you learn why that is.
Many coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might feel a bit stuck, or who want to make a significant change in their lives. They want the support of their own personal coach to shift out of their head and get into action.
The Wholistic Coaching Coalition is a cadre of coaches with a variety of specialties ranging from personal, executive, financial, health, parenting, and leadership development. Our goal is to help people continually evolve into their best selves through personal and professional development activities and programs.
At our ‘Be You’ Evening Retreats certified professional life and business coaches facilitate programs that teach tools and strategies that help women more consistently be their best.
Our unique programs have a coach-approach where we ask powerful questions to help you discover what is best for you! We listen and accept you as you are while encouraging you to grow more into the person you want to be.
Today’s author: Carol deLaski, PCC, is a strengths-based executive coach who guides individuals and businesses to be their best. For more information about her coaching services, and her book Lost and Found: Discovering Strength in Love and Faith, visit www.caroldelaski.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org