What is Life Coaching?

 

Let’s travel through the wild west of lifecoaching. Lifecoaching is a relatively new type of peer to peer coaching.
Think of a therapist but without the degree.
It can be traced back to self-motivation training and teachers from the 70s and 80s. (New York times ). There are many groups and individuals that offer life coaching.

The standards for certification vary greatly depending on the organization that issues the certification. Many coaches have no certification at all but have been able to retain clients via word of mouth.
These individuals are seen by others as possessing personality traits that may be helpful in addressing the issue of how to move forward in life.

Some attempts have been made to try and unify coaches under one roof.  Currently, the international coach federation (ICF) is one of those organizations attempting to do that.

ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment.” (coachfederation.org)

In essence, a coach is someone that you can talk to and use as a resource to help identify stumbling blocks and move forward in whatever areas you desire.
This person  goes along the journey with you as you navigate rough terrain. Since the person is not a friend or a therapist, they can be objective since they are not looking to reach a goal only to help steer in the right direction.