About Life Coaching

WHAT IS LIFE COACHING?

Life Coaching is about you.  In the coaching relationship, a partnership is formed between you and a caring professional coach who is dedicated to working with you to achieve your goals.  Life coaching is not counseling.  It is not mentoring or consulting.  Life coaching is a unique professional relationship where you will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired to think creatively and motivated to intentionally move from where you are now to where you want to be.

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as, “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” The ICF’s extensive research in the coaching field has shown that “Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.”

The Christian Coaches Network identifies the distinction of Christian Coaching in this way: “A Christian Coach understands and honors the spiritual dimension of Christian faith when and as it is important to discuss it.” In Christian Coaching we connect the power of coaching with the power of prayer and God’s Word!

Christian Life Coaching is a dynamic partnership for growth and change.  It is a safe, trusting relationship where you are free to explore possibilities, clarify your life vision, identify your gifts and overcome obstacles as you seek God’s unique plan for your life.

The coaching partnership helps you make confident decisions to reach your goals and find the joy that only living life “on-purpose” can bring.  Imagine the possibilities when you decide to spend intentional time working with a caring partner to reach your one-of-a-kind God ordained goals.

“Christian Coaching is the art and practice of enabling individuals and groups to move from where they are to where God wants them to be.” GARY R. COLLINS, PHD author of Christian Coaching

WHAT LIFE COACHING IS NOT

“Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training.  Coaching is a distinct profession with established core competencies that define the required skill set and knowledge of a professional coach.” INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION

Coaching is not Counseling – The coaching process looks forward rather than backward, focusing on bridging the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.  Through life coaching’s well-defined processes of listening, powerful questioning, and exploring new perspectives, clients are challenged to achieve their goals and discover new possibilities that lead to action.

“Therapy focuses on improving overall psychological functioning. The primary focus of coaching is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow-through.” INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION

Coaching is not Consulting – Consultants are experts in their field, drawing on their experience and making recommendations.  Coaches do not act as experts giving advice, but rather see the client as creative, capable, and the authority on his or her own life. The coach’s responsibility is to discover, clarify, and partner with the client to encourage self-discovery.

Consulting deals mostly with problems and seeks to provide  expertise, strategy, structures or methodologies to solve them.  Coaching seeks to guide a person into a more desirable future. Adapted from PATRICK WILLIAMS, DIANE S. MENENDEZ, authors of Becoming a Professional Life Coach

Coaching is not Mentoring “Mentoring, which can be thought of as guiding from one’s own experience or sharing of experience in a specific area… can sometimes be confused with coaching.” INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION   Mentors are often a more ‘senior’ person who passes on their God given wisdom, counsel, and experience to someone with less knowledge or expertise.  Coaches on the other hand, use their coaching skills to bring out the client’s own experiences, helping people learn instead of teaching them.

“… the mentor works as an expert, while the coach assumes that the client is the one best able and most likely to find direction and move forward.” GARY R. COLLLINS, PHD  author of Christian Coaching

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