What is Life Coaching?

Harvard Business Review reports that life coaching has turned into a billion dollar industry. However, many are still unclear as to what a life coach actually does. A life coach is defined as a person that addresses the personal concerns, business success, and general changes that a person is looking to make in their lives.

The scope of what a life coach addresses is broad and far reaching. It differs substantially from consulting, therapy, or counseling. The main difference is that all of the power remains with the client. There may be challenges or obstacles that an individual is trying to conquer and the life coach simply uncovers the options and answers that are already present.

I carry out the coaching experience in several different ways. Some of the methods that I use are the one on one meeting, email support, weekly phone calls, and even on site meetings with the client. My clients rarely meet me at my office as I like to meet my clients on their own “territory.”

I find myself covering different areas of my client’s life such as personal relationships, career development, spiritual and personal growth, time management, parenting, finance management and budgeting, entrepreneurial development, and so much more. This is one of the main differences between coaches and therapists. A therapist may cover a particular area such as mental health or relationship counseling. A life coach has a much broader function.

People from all walks of life can benefit from the services of my life coaching business. The International Coach Federation defines life coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Anyone from a Wall Street executive to a housewife in a small town can benefit from using a life coach. The possibilities are endless.