By: Dr.Gwen Smith

life coaching
In our continuously evolving world of changes, we set new targets for our lives, have new visions and dreams, and become aware of those visions and dreams that we had when we were children. We find ourselves overwhelmed by the many present challenges, becoming more and more confused about the choices we made and riveted to those choices as though our destiny is set by them. We become bored, lose hope for a new beginning, and even if we see something new that we believe inspire us, taking the first step in the right direction is scary. We become resigned, stuck, frozen! Just like an athlete needs a coach to achieve better performance beyond what they see as their limitations, a life coach can assist you realize your goals beyond what you ever thought possible.

What really is life coaching?

Personal, professional and business success coaching is about discovery, empowerment, goal-setting, accountability, and performance. In essence it moves you closer towards self-actualization.. It addresses personal, business or professional goals, allows one to examine obstacles and challenges preventing peak performance and establishes course of actions to cause the transformation you’ve always wanted. So what is the goal you want to achieve? You may not know what is stopping you, and coaching is about discovery and moving into action. Most successful people in life have someone to push them past their perceived limits.
Coaching is not mentoring, consultation, counseling or therapy. It involves the use of tools and techniques to offer people the breakthroughs in life that they are seeking. Coupled with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), this can be a powerful process for producing breakthroughs in people’s lives. Finding a coach with this expertise can help you produce breakthrough results.

Are you seeking coaching from trained professionals?

It might appear that the concept of opting for a coach outside of sports is something that majority of people would not entertain, and that may very well be true. The more you reflect on this issue, however, the more you will discover that people have been going to family and friends for ‘coaching’ for years; and have even been offered advice from whom they have not requested it. Life coaching in essence is a specialized extension of that help. It challenges people to move into action and consequently effectiveness. Anyone can give coaching and not everyone is effective. The importance of seeking a coach with deep insight, wisdom and experience cannot be overstated. When selecting a coach be sure they have walked the walk.

Look at it this way…

Most of us go to friends who we believe to be “well thought-out” when it comes to some state of affairs such as overcoming problems or making key decisions. However, our friends may not at all times, have the responses, insights and experience necessary; or they may not be completely objective in giving their feedback, and most assuredly they seldom cause us to achieve the goals that we are wanting to achieve in life, especially when there is something that stops us that we aren’t aware of.
Personal, professional coaching helps us step over around or bust through those blocks that keep us from being in action. It can be done in a group setting or individually, in person, or over the phone or Skype. It works to help people overcome their problems and realize ambitions.
While life coaching is often linked with the business world or entrepreneurs, there are also life coaches who deal with individuals and their personal lives by assisting them to explore the fundamental causes of their predicaments as well as helping them identify channels to success. Concisely, the aim of life coaching is to help individuals break barriers to their success and get into action on targets for achieving what they want in life.

So does it work?

While some people may seem a little doubtful about turning to a life coach to assist them with their personal issues, the fact is a significant number of people have productively benefited from it. The level of success of the coaching usually depends on people getting the right coach – whether it is someone to help launch a new career path or someone to help them get into action around personal areas of their lives ultimately leading to achievement or clarity around what they want to achieve in life.

Who should opt for life coaching?

Whether you have a goal or not, are very successful in life or not, if you would like to achieve more and just cannot seem to get to your goal, life coaching may be the answer for you. With a life coach you can achieve superior results in a shorter time frame than if you were to do it alone.
In summary, you can achieve anything in life if you get into action and stay in action and a life coach can assist you in doing that. Ultimately, your success lies in your ability to consistently stay in action around the goals once you receive the coaching.
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