So what is Life Coaching anyway?
Have you ever sat in on a meeting or been at dinner with folks who throw around a lot of industry jargon or acronyms that you don’t understand? “Hey did you read that article on GGPX in Grow to the Solution Magazine? The Chancellor’s opinion on faster blaster masses really shocked me!” WHAT the WHAT??
I distinctly remember from my time as a communication major waaaaaaaaaay back in college one of my wiser professors sternly admonishing the use of such communicative tools. They are largely ineffective and to be avoided at all costs if successful communication is the goal. And who wants messy communication flailing about? Certainly not this gal! Sometimes even the most familiar terminology and phraseology to one person is absolutely meaningless to another person.
Now I know this, and I really intend to - and think I actually do - successfully live this communication gem. However, I was working out one day with a group of folks I have spent most Monday/Wednesday/Fridays with for over a year now, and to my surprise one of them said, “So I don’t really know what life coaching is. How does it work exactly?”
It hadn't occurred to me that the term “life coaching” fell into the category of industry jargon because it was so familiar to me. I quickly offered the simplest answer I have. “A life coach helps clients get from ‘here’ to ‘there’ by assisting in identifying obstacles and offering tools to eliminate the identified obstacles.”
To my delight, everyone in the group had stopped what they were doing and were attentively listening to my explanation. We all took a kind of collective pause followed by a collective breath and then went back to working out. Soon questions began to pepper the cold and sweaty air:
Q: So it’s only for personal stuff, though, not business stuff right?
A: Nope. The process is the same for business or personal goals. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? and What’s in your way? Let’s clear out that stuff.
Q: But just for adults, right? Coaching isn't for kids or teenagers?
A: Nope. I work with adults, teens, kiddos, couples, teams, groups, businesses, and the process is the same. Where are you now? Where are you now? Where do you want to be? and What’s in your way? Let’s clear out that stuff.
Q: Hey can we grab coffee or lunch this week?
P.S. I had a conversation with Phil, a fellow coach, right after I wrote this. He said that he isn’t completely sure what he does or how he does it. All he knows is that he has conversations with people and miracles happen. I wholeheartedly agree. Life Coaching is facilitating conversations that induce spontaneous and miraculous shifts.