A life coach will ask you just the right questions that will propel you into the right track. They are able to examine the different aspects of your life and to challenge you to be more. In the book, The Power of Now, author and life-coach Eckhart Tolle says that your past need not define your present. Your future too should not throw you into jitters everytime you are anxious about facing it. The power is in the now. What you can to distort the past and what you can do to match ahead positively into the next minute.
I am currently enrolled in the 60 hr. Professional Counseling track to become a licensed Professional Counselor. My goal was to never be a life coach, however after reading Collins text I became very interested in the discipline of life coaching. Collins (2009) gives so much information on techniques that build a life coaches skill. Although all of Collins information was helpful, there were specific points that I plan to use if I continue with life coaching. These points consist of developing the coaching relationship, establishing goals using the SMART goals process, and the desire to keep learning.
This writer’s best friend is completing her Master’s in Psychology, and we had this discussion of life coaches’ qualifications. It was our agreed opinion that life coaches are encouragers (exhortation) which is a spiritual gift from God. Additionally, the gift of discernment and introduction to psychology classes gives the insight of when the needs of the client exceed the capacity of the life coach. Coaches need to tread light on giving advice that one can interpret as professional counseling or therapy. Writer Amber Keefer of Chron.com in the article, “What Degree Do You Need to Become a Life Coach?” explain the role and duties of life coaches. Keefer informs:
Gary Collins provides a plethora of valuable information for individuals in pursuit of life coaching. The presented literature provides clear and concrete information that easy to apply to practice. I think the most influential information that Collins describes is the process of growth and the role of the coach. Tony Stoltzfus states, “Coaching is helping people learn instead of teaching them” (As seen in Collins, 2009, p. 19). Coaches are the individuals who walk through the process with their clients (Collins, 2009, p. 19). I find this concept very uplifting because in my experience as a clinical intern, my clients expressed how safe they felt knowing I would be there to help guide them.
Little to no empirical data exist on the impact of life coaching and achieving goals (Grant, A. M.). Goals are critical factor when it comes to building long term success in life. This paper will address explaining the questioning strategy used to determine the goals of clients, describe challenges faced in the application of the skills learned and overcoming those challenges, describing client’s reaction to roadmap for success, and recommended resources and continuation of services for the client.
In conclusion, it is essential to recognize, that coaches encourage and assist the client(s) to construct better skills, vision, growth through life transitions, guide the client through their spiritual journey and speak the truth in love (Collins, 2009). Also, coaches will help people set goals and plan ways to reach these goals. In other words, when obstacles get in the way, coaches challenge, inspire, and give accountability so the individual (client) can overcome barriers and experience triumph. A Christian life coach is there for you, prayerfully listening to your concerns and making inquiries that will provide clarity on your circumstances, get you past your blocks, recognize your God-given potential, and challenge you to be your best. As a result of the partnership with the coach people, organizations, or churches can formulate a life-vision or life mission statements and makes those come truth.
The coach-client relationship is the heart of all life coaching processes. Whether it involves executive coaching, leadership, marriage or financial coaching without a client to serve, a coach cannot fulfill his or her purpose. Hence, knowing how to effectively build relationships with people is fundamental to being a successful life coach. This research paper will explore the dynamics of the coaching relationship as it relates to factors, such as commonalities and compatibilities, which influence the development and maintenance of effective relationships, as well as components that are critical to the
Transitioning to a scholar practitioner has been a road full of high emotions, misunderstandings and hesitations that has been embraced gracefully. As one prepares to enter into psychological field of study, with an incorporation of life coaching, the mindset as created an avenue of acceptance of the trials and tribulations that are sure to come. Within this paper, one will discuss the course of action that has been personally outlined to fulfill one professional journey. One will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of exercising life coaching in the field of psychology, as well as the achievements ones is expected to receive as an outcome.
This personal development plan is important for me in that it will allow me to see how I fit in an organization, and actually be able to reflect on my characteristics. My ultimate goal in life is to become an entrepreneur. I’m not sure what industry I want to be in quite yet, but I know my end goal. My dad, since I was little, has drilled it into my mind that I should be in a business where I’m still making money when I’m not physically at work. That notion has stuck with me and I’m trying to take an emergent strategy to get there.
Preparing for this personal development plan has been a thought-provoking study encouraging self-evaluation, reflection and realization within the context of
Our book describes stress as “any circumstances that threaten or are perceived to threaten one’s well-being and tax one’s coping ability” (Weiten, 2014). Stress is not necessarily a traumatic, life destroying event. It can be as simple a small change in one’s daily schedule. People will have multiple stresses throughout their lifetime. Some will be little and daily, but overtime these add up and can affect you in many ways. Stress can be positive or negative and can take many forms; a few being frustration, internal conflict, change, and pressure. All of which make almost a daily appearance in my life (Weiten, 2014).
Kelly McGonigal discusses the importance of viewing stress as positive, as opposed to negative, by detailing three specific studies and findings about stress. In the first study, it was discovered that people with a significant amount of stress had a higher mortality rate; however, this was only statistically significant if the subject viewed stress as harmful. If the overly-stressed subject didn’t view stress as harmful, they were actually at the lowest risk of dying, even compared to those with a minimal amount. Therefore, it is important to change a person’s perspective of stress. In particular, McGonigal emphasizes that stress is important for a person’s body: it energizes and prepares them to meet whatever challenge they are facing. Furthermore, it helps the blood vessels remain relaxed, thereby allowing the heart to remain healthy.
Stress has a profound effect on health becoming a topic under health psychology, a subfield of psychology dealing with ways psychological factors influence the causes, treatment of physical illness and maintenance of health. Stress has a multitude of sources from natural disasters to small annoyances that interrupts people’s daily lives. Research from Brown and McGill has also shown that positive events can also generate stress due to readjustment or unpreparedness. Unfortunately in life people will experience chronic stressors which are sources of stress that occur continuously or repeatedly. Accumulation of small stressors such as bullying and money troubles can lead up to distress and illness. These daily stressors are reported to have more psychological and physical symptoms which can have a greater and long lasting impact than major life
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