Life coaching is the process through which a coach empowers a client to design and achieve personal and/or professional goals. A life coach uses a blend of techniques and skills to help clients achieve changes in mind set, goal attainment, and the fulfilment of their potential. The techniques and behavioural change strategies I use are Neuro Linguistic Programming, Clinical Hypnotherapy and the Human Givens emotional needs based psychological framework.
Life coaching focusses on the present and the future, with practical actions and the application of psychological techniques to change your life, rather than resolve past trauma. The coaching process seeks to answer the simple question 'How can I get better?' or 'How can I get better results?'
Life coaching is not the same as counselling. Counselling is a form of talking therapy designed to help clients overcome past emotional trauma. If there is a specific event that happened in an individual's life, which the individual cannot resolve, and causes ongoing emotional harm, then counselling is an appropriate option. By contrast, life coaching is focussed upon the achievement of goals and taking action in the present to create a desired future. Life coaching is very much forward looking.
Life coaching also differs to mentoring in that the relationship between mentor and mentee is one of knowledge transfer. The mentor typically has experience in an area of business or professional development, and is employed to share this exprience with the mentee. Life coaching on the other hand uses a relationship of collaboration, through which the life coach empowers the client to use their own resources and skills to advance towards their goals.
Any form of coaching is based upon the three pillars of beliefs, values and goals.
Life coaching can help individuals achieve clarity, direction and self belief. Instead of allowing life to happen to them, life coaching clients become proactive and go out into the world to create the change they want to see.
There are a number of reasons why people take the opportunity to invest in a life coach:
Life coaching clients typically finish a session or 12 week programme feeling empowered, with a new found sense of confidence, direction, and control over their own lives.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is sometimes described as 'the art and science of personal excellence'. Applying principles of NLP can help you achieve personal goals more quickly and effectively than you might otherwise, which is one of the reasons why the worlds greatest coaches like Tony Robbins use it.
Some of the areas in which you will see the benefits of NLP include:
There are many different NLP techniques, most of which are designed to bring about a change in how you interpret situations, how certain experiences might be represented to you within your own mind, and to create rapid changes in mental state e.g. reduce anxiety and increase confidence and energy.
NLP techniques I employ include:
Fast Phobia Cure
Circle of Confidence
Hypnosis is simply a trance state which occurs when the brain is in Alpha and Theta brain wave states. It's completely natural and we move through these brain wave states every night during sleep. We also enter trance states on a regular basis when our brains are not required to operate at a hightened state of alert, or to apply logic or reasoning skills. For example, have you ever been driving along a familiar route, only to realise you've not been paying any attention for the last 5 minutes, and can't recall the most recent portion of the journey? That's because you had entered a trance state and your subconsious brain had taken over, allowing your consious mind to wander. The same is the case when you become so engaged in watching a film that you almost lose a sense that it's a film you are watching, so you have the same emotional responses as you would to a real life situation. Hence the phrase to be 'entranced' by something.
It is when the brain operates between Alpha and Theta brain waves, that the resistance of the conscious mind is loosened, and we are able to directly influence the subconscious mind. This is important as it is the subconscious mind that contains our beliefs, values and memories, and these drive what we do on a day to day basis. Hypnosis is a tool that allows us to facilitate change at a subconscious level, which typically produces more significant, long lasting changes.
Hypnosis is a highly effective tool for reinforcing goals, contributing to relaxation, stress management, pain management, and removing undesirable neurological patterns such as phobias and addictions. Many of the worlds greatest thinkers, musicians, top athletes, sports people, and celebrities have used hypnotherapy to improve performance or remove unwanted thought patterns or behaviours, including Mozart, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Tiger Woods, Bruce Willis, Adele, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon.
If you desire change in your life but don't know where to start, or if you have goals and challenges to overcome but need some help in doing so, then a life coach could be the right choice for you. If you want to learn new skills, develop more productive habits, and gain new perspectives and insights that help you take control of your life, then it is definitely what you're looking for. The best way to find out is to have free consultation calls with a number of coaches to find out what they can offer, and make an informed decision from there.
When working with a life coach you are making an investment in yourself, and your future, and in return your life coach invests their time in helping you. In order to see the greatest benefits from life coaching you need to commit 100% to your goals. That doesn't mean to neglect other aspects of your life, but it does mean attending sessions on time, focussing your attention, and giving a commitment to complete agreed actions between sessions.
The first step is to drop me an enquiry to book a free 30 minute consultation call. Our call is an opportunity for you to provide me with a little background, for me to assess your requirements, and for you to get to know me a little. We will establish what your goals are, whether these are aligned with your personal beliefs and values, what’s preventing you from achieving your goals, and then which of my services will be most effective. I'll also offer any advice I can to help you in the short term, but most importantly, this is an opportunity for you to find out whether I am the right life coach for you without obligation.
As a general guide, I would recommend you consider the following when selecting a life coach: