Introduction to Life Coaching
Friday, November 10, 2006
First, what is life coaching? To find the answer, let’s look at some of the definitions. In the book Coaching Successfully John Eaton, and Roy Johnson said, “Coaching is the art of improving the performance of others.” Curly Martin, one of the top life coaches in UK and the author of the international best-selling book The Life Coaching Handbook said, “Life coaching is about transformation – from a caterpillar into a butterfly. It is about gap analysis that closes the gap between life and dreams. It is a holistic process that has the power to balance and harmonise life.”
Life coaching is about balance:
Successful individuals perform well in all areas of their life by keeping a balance – that's the mantra for success. And, life coaching helps you to keep balance in all areas of your life such as personal relationship, family, finance, health, and career.
Disharmony breeds problems:
Let me explain this with an example, if you work too hard and you devote most of your time for your career, and ignore your personal and family life. In long run, it will result in problems in your family and personal relationships. This in turn will affect your work efficiency and effectiveness. In this case, life coaching will enable you to find a way to achieve balance in your work and personal life, and help you to improve your overall well-being. Life is interdependent so life-balance is important for success.
Fulfilment of our dreams and desires:
Life coaching is about enabling you to lead a life with excellence. We have to meet our needs, and wants, our dreams and goals to lead a good quality life. We have to feel good about ourselves and be happy with our achievements, and the aim of our programme is to help you to achieve this.
Life coaching strategies:
If all individuals have unlimited inner power why people still fail to achieve their full potential and excellence in life? First, people do not have a clear vision and mission. They do not know where they are, and where they would like to go. Second, people cannot identify and remove the interference, which prevents them to achieve their goal. Tim Galley says, “Potential minus Interference equals performance.” Third, people do not have the tools and techniques at their disposal to manage their life effectively.
Life coaching uses powerful tools and techniques to help you:
(1) To identify and get a clear picture of what you want - set goals and objectives.
(2) To identify and remove the blocks and hurdles from the road to success.
(3) To organise and manage your life effectively and efficiently.
Good life coach:
A good life coach’s job is to help you to identify your vision and mission in life, and to help you to identify the interference and remove it. He or she will act as your guide, support and motivate you at each stage of your journey.
Be your own life coach:
Do you know that you can be your own life coach? I believe that self-coaching - you as your own coach - is the best way to personal success and attainment. In this programme, you will learn how to become your own life coach, and take control of your life and shape your own destiny. You do not need any qualification to be your own life coach, and it is easy to learn, you will soon find out as you undertake this programme. Also, it is important to know that if you hire a life coach still you have to do everything yourself. A life coach does not do anything for you beside supporting, guiding, and motivating you. I am not saying that using the service of a professional life coach is not helpful. It is helpful.
Let me explain this a little more, usually when you hire a professional life coach you will commit yourself for 6 one-hour sessions (it varies). To give you an idea, in UK a good life coach will charge you a minimum of £100 an hour, top life coaches charge about £350 an hour and above. If you can commit yourself financially go for it, but make sure you choose a reputed life coach – you will come across all sorts of people, as the government still does not regulate this profession. Let me reiterate, once you hire a life coach still you have to do everything yourself to achieve your goal. Trust me, if you do not take the initiative to change your life, hiring the best coach in the world won’t make any difference.
So, if you are serious about gaining control of you life and shaping your own destiny, be your own life coach. As you begin this journey of self-discovery, you will find that it is a wonderful area. And, once you learn the skills, you can use them in your home, office, or anywhere and lead a life with excellence. You will be able to make a significant difference in your life as well as others. Remember, it is a skill for life.
Life coaching provides a proven framework for achieving success in all areas of life - Health, Personal relationships, Family and extended family, Work and career, Finances, Friends and social life, Spiritual and religious life. It helps you to realise your dreams, goals, and ambitions by unleashing and using your unlimited inner power.
It has the potential to transform our life dramatically. Life coaching attaches much buzz and fanfare because of the wide media attention received by the celebrity life coaches, their celebrity clients, and features on prime time television has made it even more popular.
According to the conventional thinkers, life coaching is an American idea and it developed in USA couple of years ago. Though, there were early doubts about the life span and efficacy of life coaching, over the years it has proved to be an effective way of transforming people’s lives. Individuals, top corporations, schools, colleges, and universities use life coaching throughout the world. It has become a widely accepted and popular way of leadership and management.
Life coaching provides the skills and knowledge to lead and manage life effectively, and achieve balance and harmony. Great improvement in productivity and well-being of the people is possible. Life coaching is here to stay. It is a wonderful area because it is constantly changing and with adding new strategy, techniques, tools, and methods, its armoury is constantly growing.
I am little detached from the conventional view. I believe that life coaching is ageless and timeless, and it had existed even hundreds and thousands of years from now. If you take my words seriously and explore a little further, you will discover that Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna - these enlightened souls - were the greatest life coaches, the world has ever seen. They had the skills and know-how for achieving excellence. Through the ages, they have transformed civilization and guided them to supreme success. And, my main objective of designing this programme is to introduce you and I to some of those secrets of achieving excellence in a 21st century perspective.
Isn’t it assuring? It had a glorious past and no doubt, it will have a promising future. The whole idea of life coaching re-emerged in America. Whether you agree with me or not will fully depend on your personal viewpoint. But it works wonders in people’s lives, which is most important. And, it is simple to learn and apply the coaching principles in your life. It is likely that you already know and apply some of the life coaching principles without even realising it. But, do not worry, as you read on, you will realise that everything is unfolding gradually, and as we practice these principles they will naturally manifest and stabilise in your conscious awareness.
This is an interesting read from Times Online (UK): “For the right price the right person could even get Tony Robbins — whose one-to-one clients have included Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterrand and Bill Clinton. But it is only in recent years that coaching has gone mass-market with an astonishing trajectory: a growth rate the Economist in 2002 estimated at 40 percent a year.”
About this programme:
From thousand of years people have based their life on the ageless and timeless universal principles and achieved their highest ideals.
“One of the most profound learning’s of my life is this: if you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the result you seek. How we apply a principle will vary greatly and will be determined by our unique strengths, talents, and creativity, but, ultimately, success in any endeavour is always derived from acting in harmony with the principles to which success is tied.” – Stephen R. Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
In this programme, we are going to use life coaching to introduce you to those principles. You will learn and apply these principles in your life to achieve excellence. Universal and spiritual principles govern everything in this universe. When you gain mastery over the principles, they will support and work for you. And, you will gain control of your life and shape your own destiny.
What will I gain?
You will learn and develop the following:
(1) Unleash unlimited power of the self
(2) Strong Self-belief
(3) Positive thinking - thought management and control
(3) Strong Self-and moral discipline
(4) High Self-esteem
(5) High-level of motivation
(6) Create and preserve high-energy level
(7) Relaxation and visualisation techniques
Is it a religious programme?
The programme does not base itself on any particular religion so it is not a religious programme. Universal and spiritual principles used in this programme are proven and time-tested so they are scientific knowledge. The programme uses ancient Vedic knowledge – Veda is the powerhouse of knowledge, which evolved in India for more than 5000 years. We have also used some ideas and strategies used by Jesus Christ and Buddha.
Do I need to belong to any particular religious faith to join this programme?
This is not a religious programme; your religious background does not matter. If you do not believe in any religion, still you can join this programme and get results. This programme is about developing excellence.
When you say the methods and techniques are scientific, what proofs do you have?
Successful people have used these tools and techniques; they have stood the test of time. But, you should not believe them until you experience it yourself.
Welcome aboard; please fasten your seat belts we are ready to take off!
posted by Debojit Chowdhury @ 1:53 PM,
- At November 25, 2006, MJD said...
I think the success of Life Coaching comes from the simple psychological fact of having someone in your corner believing in you. I think many people in the US are starved for that kind of support.
- At November 26, 2006, Debojit Chowdhury said...
Hi MJd, you are very right. I think it is a simple process but unfortunately, we do not do simple things.
It is not only USA,I think it is all over the world. But, we can make a difference if we want.
So, lets support one another that's the goal of this blog.
Thank you so much for your comments.
- At November 27, 2006, MJD said...
So, lets support one another that's the goal of this blog.
Sounds good to me!
- At January 04, 2007, Robin Jones Gifford said...
Great site. Thank you.
And why don't we all do this sort of thing for ourselves? It can only result in positive and forward movement in our lives.
I'll visit again.
- At January 17, 2007, Gilberto Barria V. said...
Great site. I just read the introduction and I agree very much with you concepts. I will follow your course.
- At December 13, 2007, Gibo said...
i guess my journey starts by trying to sort out things, understanding my personal circumstances and identifying the natural principles which apply. hope you can help me with these.
- At April 05, 2008, Michael said...
I love what you are doing and would like to do this professionally myself. I will take your course all the way through. Thanks