A Life Coach is someone who supports you in achieving your dreams. A Life Coach does this by listening, asking thought-provoking questions, and helping you set and work toward goals.
A Life Coach can help you with both the personal and professional aspects of your life. Common personal goals include improving relationships with family and friends, deepening your commitment to and happiness with a significant other, making positive changes to personal finances, improving health and wellness, increasing leisure time and discovering new interests, and creating and maintaining life balance. Typical professional goals include moving up the corporate ladder, starting a business, growing a business or brand, increasing career satisfaction, and planning for retirement The one thing all of these have in common is a commitment to personal growth and fulfillment.
A typical life coaching session can range from thirty minutes to two hours. The most common length of time is one hour. The first life coaching session involves the Life Coach and client introducing themselves to each other, reviewing the basics of life coaching, and deciding where to start. Follow up sessions start with checking-in with previously assigned homework and setting the day's agenda. The bulk of the session involves a collaborative conversation aimed at improving the quality of the client's thinking about goals and plans. The end of the session involves summarizing what has been discussed and setting up a new assignment to be worked on in-between sessions.
The frequency of life coaching sessions varies based on where in the process the client is and what is being worked on. Newer clients often benefit from weekly to bi-weekly sessions in order to get used to the process, begin making gains, and feel secure in their progress. Seasoned clients who have made considerable progress and are focusing on maintaining what they have already accomplished often attend sessions every four to eight weeks. When new goals surface, experienced clients often return to more frequent attendance in order to make progress more quickly and feel supported in their new endeavors.
The speed and quality of progress greatly depends on the work you put in. The more dedicated you are, the more quickly you will move forward. That being said, many clients experience progress right away. The most frequent first gain clients report is simply feeling believed in which occurs as early as the first session. When it comes to goals, clients often report considerable gains within the first four to six sessions.
This is a highly personal question. Some people begin life coaching and never stop. For them, it is essential to regularly check-in with someone who is supportive of them and their dreams. Others participate in life coaching on and off throughout their lives. They attended life coaching religiously for several months to a year then take a year or two off then start up again when a new goal has been created or a new life phase entered. Still others see a Life Coach once for a brief or extended period of time then set off on their own.