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As a formal field, coaching is relatively young, but it
has roots in many older disciplines. It draws on areas that include the human potential movement of the 1960s, leadership training, adult education, personal development, and numerous areas of psychology.

By Mira Butler - Coaching Supervisor at the
Jay Shetty Certification School

Life Coaching
as a Profession

Listening to clients is what life coaching is all about. As coaches we listen not only to what is being said, but also the unsaid. 

Understanding subtle tells and messages help in understanding your client’s challenges.

Through observing our clients and noticing the subtle signs in a shift in energy could indicate e.g. worry, uncertainty, and trepidation. This helps us to explore what lies beneath the surface and understand our clients challenges and blocks.

2. Engage in active listening

As mentioned above, coaches do not provide clients with the answers; we help them find those answers within themselves. 

Curiosity fosters the ability to ask questions that help our clients understand their own feelings, how this impacts their success and motivates them on their path to achieving their goals.

Powerful, thought-provoking, open-ended questions are at the heart centre of curiosity. 

3. Embrace curiosity

A life coach is always learning. As the industry gains even more momentum, new research and resources will emerge. All of which are tools to add to your work arsenal.

But, more importantly, life coaching is a career whereby we are afforded the privilege to learn more about ourselves. Clients are often our mirrors reflecting back what we need to unpack and explore. This cultivates our continued journey of personal growth and evolution. 

4. Have an insatiable thirst for knowledge

Lastly, to be a successful life coach it is essential that you study through a legitimate and credible institution.

5. Obtain a credible qualification

Life Coaching is orientated towards the client maximizing their own potential. As such, we do not give our clients advice or become problem solvers. 

In coaching sessions coaches partner with their clients in a thought provoking, creative process, but the clients take the lead. This means that clients, not coaches, generate solutions to their challenges and determine which path to take to reach their goal. This concept embodies the cornerstone of coaching i.e. autonomy and self-efficacy. 

1. Understand what life coaching is

Let’s take a minute to re-read the previous paragraph shall we? Being a life coach is one of the most powerful career choices one could embark on; you are (in my opinion) a change-maker guiding individuals not only to set and achieve goals but to improve the quality of their lives! You get to make a difference!

Many people view working with a life coach as a means of bridging the gap between your current circumstances (or as I often term it - our current reality) and the life you’d like to lead.

Life coaches, guide their clients through mental roadblocks and help them explore opportunities to realize their goals.

Studies have shown that life coaching can be beneficial in several areas, such as:

  • Reducing procrastination

  • Improving self-efficacy and self-empowerment

  • Enhancing well-being and functioning within organizations through coaching-based leadership interventions and 

  • Improving the overall mental health and quality of life of an individual

Becoming a great life coach requires certain personal qualities, extensive training, supervision, and experience. Here’s how to succeed in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries and emotionally rewarding careers:

For a large part of my career, I followed the norm. Life coaching taught me how to lead life with courage, vulnerability, resilience, creativity, passion, discipline, flexibility and optimism. I urge you to reflect on not only what coaching can do for you but the lives of many others that you will positively impact.

Are you ready to become a change-maker? Join our Masterclass and get the Proven Fast Track Method to Success as a Life Coach in 2022.

By Mira Butler - Coaching Supervisor at the
Jay Shetty Certification School

As a formal field, coaching is relatively young, but it has roots in many older disciplines. It draws on areas that include the human potential movement of the 1960s, leadership training, adult education, personal development,
and numerous areas of psychology.

Life Coaching
as a Profession

As mentioned above, coaches do not provide clients with the answers; we help them find those answers within themselves. 

Curiosity fosters the ability to ask questions that help our clients understand their own feelings, how this impacts their success and motivates them on their path to achieving their goals.

Powerful, thought-provoking, open-ended questions are at the heart centre of curiosity. 

3. Embrace curiosity

Let’s take a minute to re-read the
previous paragraph shall we? Being a life coach is one of the most powerful career choices one could embark on; you are (in my opinion) a change-maker guiding individuals not only to set and achieve goals but to improve the quality of their lives! You get to make a difference!

Becoming a great life coach requires certain personal qualities, extensive training, supervision, and experience. Here’s how to succeed in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries and emotionally rewarding careers:

Life Coaching is orientated towards the client maximizing their own potential. As such, we do not give our clients advice or become problem solvers. 

In coaching sessions coaches partner with their clients in a thought provoking, creative process, but the clients take the lead. This means that clients, not coaches, generate solutions to their challenges and determine which path to take to reach their goal. This concept embodies the cornerstone of coaching i.e. autonomy and self-efficacy. 

1. Understand what life coaching is

Listening to clients is what life coaching is all about. As coaches we listen not only to what is being said, but also the unsaid. 

Understanding subtle tells and messages help in understanding your client’s challenges.

Through observing our clients and noticing the subtle signs in a shift in energy could indicate e.g. worry, uncertainty, and trepidation. This helps us to explore what lies beneath the surface and understand our clients challenges and blocks.

2. Engage in active listening

A life coach is always learning. As the industry gains even more momentum, new research and resources will emerge. All of which are tools to add to your work arsenal.

But, more importantly, life coaching is a career whereby we are afforded the privilege to learn more about ourselves. Clients are often our mirrors reflecting back what we need to unpack and explore. This cultivates our continued journey of personal growth and evolution. 

4. Have an insatiable thirst for knowledge

Lastly, to be a successful life coach it is essential that you study through a legitimate and credible institution.

5. Obtain a credible qualification

For a large part of my career, I followed the norm. Life coaching taught me how to lead life with courage, vulnerability, resilience, creativity, passion, discipline, flexibility and optimism. I urge you to reflect on not only what coaching can do for you but the lives of many others that you will positively impact.

Are you ready to become a change-maker? Join our Masterclass and get the Proven Fast Track Method to Success as a Life Coach in 2022.

Many people view working with a life coach as a means of bridging the gap between your current circumstances (or as I often term it - our current reality) and the life you’d like to lead.

Life coaches, guide their clients through mental roadblocks and help them explore opportunities to realize their goals.

Studies have shown that life coaching can be beneficial in several areas, such as:

  • Reducing procrastination

  • Improving self-efficacy and self-empowerment

  • Enhancing well-being and functioning within organizations through coaching-based leadership interventions and 

  • Improving the overall mental health and quality of life of an individual

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