February 27, 2008

Coaching is Different
A few weeks ago, a woman contacted me about speaking at her group's monthly meeting. With all the hype of coaching the past few years, she thought it might be good to have a life coach as a speaker, but really didn't know much about it. I explained what a coach does, how I work with clients, and what makes coaching different from consulting, training and therapy.

After talking with her, it occured to me that many people are confused about what coaching is and the coaching process. Simply, coaching is –

A co-creative partnership between a willing client and a coach where the coach supports the client through desired life changes.

Coaching is different from therapy, consulting or training, in that the coach isn't trying to fix the client's problems, direct the client's program, or focus on past events. Also, a consultant uses their knowledge to give recommendations to the client to achieve certain results, and a coach does not. In coaching –
  • You, the client, is assumed to be healthy and functional.
  • You truly want to make life changes, and are ready, willing and able.
  • You accept responsible for your choices and your own progress.
  • You choose the focus or direction of your coaching program.
  • You are the expert of your own life and tap into your self-knowledge to make desired life changes.
  • We focus on present and future actions.
  • I, as your coach, ask meaningful questions, listen and really hear you.
  • I support you in making effective, responsible life choices.
  • And, I ask more meaningful questions, continue to listen and hear what you are saying.
As a life coach, I only work with clients who have a strong desire to change, are ready to make changes, and aren't afraid to try. Usually, my clients want to focus on increasing their overall health and wellness, and that's where we start. I support my clients throughout the change process, and help them set "SMART" action goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timed. I also hold them accountable for the goals they set, and we celebrate successes, no matter how small.

Coaching works because it gives the client space, praise and encouragement to achieve their desired life changes!

If you want to experience coaching first-hand, please contact me to schedule your free 45-minute telephone sample session.

Coaching is different – how might I help you reach your desired life changes?

Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach

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  • Write short-term and long-term SMART life goals
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  • Zoom in on present and future successes
  • Set a course for making changes that last
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