From the National Coach Academy, life coaches work with their clients to help them achieve goals, overcome obstacles and make changes or shifts in their lives. The coach works with the client, as a partner, knowing that the client has the answers to create the changes they seek.
Working with a coach is different than working with a therapist or counselor or mentor. Therapists help you heal past wounds. Life coaches are focused only on the future. I don't tell you what to do, and I don’t ask you to dig up what has happened in the past. There is great value in looking back, and I do not have the training a therapist has. Some clients have both therapists AND life coaches, in fact.
Ultimately, I am here to help you reach your goals. What you will mostly hear from me are questions. Questions that are meant to help you clarify what you are seeking, create hope for achieving the goal, activate a spark in you towards progress, help you navigate through obstacles and challenges, set you up to really go for your goal, and then expand what you’ve learned into other parts of your life.
Current Coaching Philosophy
In a conversation with a friend years ago, I recall telling her that I finally felt like I caught a current in my life and was moving forward in the right direction. I could picture myself in a tube, floating down a river in the sun, knowing that I was going exactly where I was supposed to be going. That river represented my life.
In retrospect, I realized that I had (and always will have) lots of tributaries coming into my river, representing all of those important relationships I have in my life. Some of them go in the same direction, providing additional strength to my current. Yet, some of those relationships flow in a different direction, weakening my current. Unfortunately for me, I was allowing the most water to come from those that were coming in the wrong direction. In fact, it got so strong that I completely lost track of where my current even was, and wasn’t even sure if any of my own water was left in my river. It was up to me to be the largest source water to my river and I needed to find my current.
Perhaps your river has run dry. Perhaps your river is so overrun with other people’s water that it doesn’t even feel like it is yours anymore. It’s time to claim your river, and catch your current.
Relationships. Divorce. Dating after divorce. Blending families. Starting a business. Need some help?