Life-coaching is a means of bridging
the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
It often involves clarifying those two first.
Life-coaching works through a
dynamic partnership focussed entirely on the client and the
client’s agenda. Our lives have become so complex,
opportunities so plentiful, that exploring what’s
important to us as individuals and our own unique situation
is the quickest and often the only way to know exactly what
to change and how to change it. And to identify and move beyond those things that are
holding us back from the lives we really want.
In life-coaching, people experience
significant shifts in their lives. They become clearer on
who they are and what they need in their lives to be
fulfilled. Living the live that’s truly right for them, it
all becomes easier, more joyful. They also get to do, be or
have more of what they want or need in every conceivable
area. Better than this, they do so more quickly and easily,
with more enjoyment and far less stress. They go from being
driven by need to inspired by their goals or life. And they
create the conditions to easily sustain this easier, happier
way of living.
often starts by exploring what the person really wants. Even
when people believe they know this, greater clarity and
self-awareness emerge through coaching. And sometimes,
people discover different aspirations, ones that make them
want to leap out of bed each morning.
focus of coaching and the skills and objectivity of our
coach enable us to know ourselves more fully than ever
before. And, rather like a sports coach watching an athlete,
a trained listener hears and reflects back to us subtle and
fleeting clues to our unique motivations, like a change in
voice tone or energy level.
What we learn about ourselves through coaching will include
our potential and gifts, but also anything we may have
previously avoided. A
priceless benefit of having a coach is that an independent
professional with your best interests at heart will tell you
necessary truths when others won’t – and tell it within
a context of genuine praise and belief in you and your
ability to change that makes it easier to hear.
coaching proceeds clients come to feel more and more
comfortable in their lives. However, like anything that
stretches you, coaching won’t always feel comfortable.
Your coach will challenge you and ask more of you than you
would of yourself. You needn’t accept all your coach’s
requests but once you choose to commit to something, your
coach will hold you to it – and to being the best you can
be. As coaching progresses, you will know from your actions
that you are indeed capable of more.
make choices and step outside your comfort zone. But you
will do so far more easily than you otherwise would and
witness your comfort zone rapidly expand. Any temporary
discomfort is vastly outweighed by the delight of leaping
over hurdles you wouldn’t even have approached before. And
of living a life that really suits you.
we know what we really want for ourselves, we have more
energy, focus and direction. Regular coaching builds
momentum, sustains inspiration and enables people to be
consistently at their best. Clients mobilize more effective
resources and discover the quickest, easiest and most
enjoyable way forward.
coaching is holistic – no goal is allowed to become more
important than the person. Coaching
often includes building or fine-tuning an environment and
support systems so that they provide the structure that
ensures your on-going ease, sparkle and success. It may
involve streamlining, to reclaim energy drained off in
secondary activities. And it frequently leads to better
resources, be they cutting edge tools for personal
development, connections or whatever else will be most
useful at that time.
What does life-coaching
Any or all aspects of your life. Some people come for
specific issues (such as health, relationships, finances or
a transition) or projects (like creating a new life or
developing a seminar program). Some come to enjoy more what
they’ve already got, to fine-tune some aspects of their
life or for self-development. Others are drawn to coaching
by a general dissatisfaction or a sense that something could
be better. And
some create more space for themselves and for spontaneous,
joyous action by cutting back on their commitments.
sessions are friendly, relaxed but focussed and amazingly
powerful on many levels. Most coaching takes place through
regular, pre-arranged telephone sessions. Email coaching can also be very
effective and my clients benefit from both, with email
coaching between calls.
coaching for you?
life as you want it?
living at your maximum potential?
like to know yourself better?
ready to change and grow?
want to make a difference?
Linda Markley, First published www.chisuk.org.uk,