And, how is it different than counseling?
Definition of Professional Coaching: “Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. ICF member coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.” – Source: International Coach Federation
Life coaching is often defined in terms of what it is not. According to the ICF (International Coaching Federation), life coaching is: “Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change” Coaches tend to focus on the present and the future instead of the past.
As Life Coach Martha Beck said in a recent New York Times piece, “Everything I’ve ever taught in terms of self-help boils down to this…if something feels really good for you, you might want to do it. And if it feels really horrible, you might want to consider not doing it”
New York based Life Coach, Devin Martin, defines coaching by the objectivity that it provides: “A coach is someone outside of you giving you a perspective you can’t see. It’s about having concrete goals, working towards the future, giving you insights and tough love, and having someone to hold you accountable.”
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