Life coaching is not limited to being a profession – it is an art form too. It has become popular fairly recently as an effective method for people to get help, offering them with their personal “guide” who tandems with them to working on all facets of their lives. It has changed the paradigm of how people obtain help by making it more client-focused.
To a good a life coach, no coaching session can be taken lightly. They think of it as a precious space for another person, providing them the chance to really be heard (maybe for the very first time in a long time), and in that precious space, miracles can happen.
The individual’s own problem-solving abilities start to emerge, and they realize that they can solve their problems without anyone giving them advice. Without a doubt, this realization alone can be life-altering.
The human being begins to look at things from a fresh perspective and engages that part of them that already knows the solutions. They take control.
Listening totally – that is, with undivided attention fixed on the other individual, is a requirement of life coaching. Rarely is anyone ever listened to in this fast paced world we live in today. A life coach has a natural ability to listen. It is effective for clients, the ones who can express themselves openly, to have somebody who really listens to them. Helping others in have a beautiful life entails more listening than talking.
When somebody is listened to with complete focus on what they would like to say, they build their own solutions, come up with their own decisions, and see options they never thought were there until now.
When selecting a life coach there are particular qualities you must to look for. A life coach with plenty of certifications may not be able to listen well or possess inherent people skills, while another who has had no formal certification may have exceptional listening skills and high-value insights.
As you choose a life coach, spend time to ask yourself these questions:
Does the life coach listen well and give you their undivided attention?
Do they make you comfortable enough that you can be totally open to them?
Does it feel like they actually understand you?
Do you see them as genuine and passionate in the way they deal with you?
Do you feel like they really have your welfare at heart rather than some hidden motive?
A life coach should listen to you and guide you, not teach you what to do. They are neither consultants nor therapists. Remember, you are the captain of the ship. If a prospective life coach tells you that he can run your life for you, be wary.