It happens every time I tell someone I'm a coach: "Soccer?" No...not that kind. Oh, like "career coach" type of thing? Yeah, but other topics too. Oh....a "life coach"?
While it used to be a rarity, "life" coaching is turning out to be huge. Why? Because it works, and we could all use one. And while "life" coach may have a negative stigma, it's not facing the same stigma battle that seeing a "therapist" is (but shouldn't be...I vote for everyone to have a therapist too!).
At it's basic level, it is an empathetic human being who sits with you and truly listens and talks with you for an extended period of time. When's the last time you did that with ANYONE? A coach is trained to work with you to help you be your best. He or she supports, empowers, and
Coaching is not mentoring, and nor is it counseling. Or therapy or training or consulting. To be clear, I'm speaking with respect to a particular style of coaching that I studied, which is the Co-Activ model that strongly emphasizes the "Co" part. We are a team getting you to where you want. I'm not telling you where to go, I'm helping you find it and achieve it.
Now...I am an extremely analytical and logic based person who happens to be quite adept at dealing with human being and empathy and listening as well. However, I am pretty close to as far from "woo woo" as one can be. While there is woo woo coaching out there, coaching does NOT have to be that way. If you are like me and Woo-woo is a turn off from coaching, do NOT give up on coaching. I can not start to explain how powerful a good coach can be and how much impact they can have in your life. Life changing is certainly a likely possibility, if not "just" leaps forward in defining and achieving your goals and getting you unstuck.
If you are interested in the Co-Activ model, here's their main website (CTI). If you are interested in learning more but not ready to commit to their classes, their book. is excellent, thorough, and completely comprehensible. Really, you are just learning skills on how to be better friend, human, partner and how to connect and listen to people, whether it's a co-worker or a life partner. Give it a try at Paradox Coaching.
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