?What Is Life Coaching
What Is Life Coaching?
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”
–Henry David Thoreau
Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.
How Does Life Coaching Work?
The Life Coaching Format:
Complimentary Coaching Consultation
60 to 90 minute “Design the Alliance” first session
One 30 to 90 minute phone call per week (session length depends on which coach and which program)
Unlimited Email support
Occasional brief check-in calls
Life Coaching is a designed alliance between coach and client where the coaching relationship continually gives all the power back to you, the client. We believe that you know the answers to every question or challenge you may have in your life, even if those answers appear to be obscured, concealed or hidden inside.
Our skills are about knowing the right questions to ask and having the right tools and techniques to empower you to find those answers within yourself.
You, the client, are the only expert in your entire life who truly knows who you are and what you need. You are the only expert who can recognize what is absolutely best for you. We are simply experts in the coaching process. As your coach, we help you discover what your own personal “best” might be.
Every day we make choices to do or not do many things. These choices may range from profound to trivial and each one has an effect that makes our lives more fulfilling or less fulfilling, more balanced or less balanced, that make our process of living more effective or less effective. Life coaching helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life.
We help you connect your head and your heart in a way that transforms your passion for your dreams into action for your life.
We are highly trained as generalists and can coach superbly on any aspect of life. However, we may choose to specialize in one or more of the following areas :
Relationships and Intimacy
Stress Management and Balance
Spirituality and Personal Growth
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
Career Planning and Development
Motivation and Time Management
Creativity for Artists, Writers, Musicians and Performers
Finances and Budgeting
Health, Aging, Lifestyle and Self-Care
Family and Parenting
And much more
Ridgway Coaching provides the following life coaching services. Each service is tailored to fit the individual needs of the client.
Individual Coaching – Group Coaching – Homework Coaching
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a collaborative and confidential relationship between a coach and client. The relationship is designed to empower the clients to make responsible decisions and take charge of their lives. The power of the relationship comes from the client’s motivation and desire for personal growth and the coach’s commitment, skills, and knowledge of change. Each client comes to coaching with a unique set of circumstances, abilities, and challenges which may include, but not be limited to concern in the following areas:
Managing Life’s Daily Demands
Benefits from Life Coaching
Individuals who benefit from Life Coaching are those:
Who have a strong desire to be in charge of their lives
Who want to experience personal growth and improvement
Who are committed to the process
Who are willing to take action
Who are willing to be held accountable
The Role of the Coach
The relationship between the individual and the coach is both confidential and collaborative. The coach is not a problem solver, but a facilitator who helps the individual find a way to experience more fulfillment and balance in daily life. The life coach is always honest with the individual, listens to hear resonance and dissonance, and asks powerful questions designed to lead to a deeper understanding of self and to motivate the individual to action. The coach may lead the client in one or more of the following activities:
Seeing, owning, and living one’s true self
Clarifying/Indentifying values and goals
Designing a plan for achieving the goals
Developing strategies to move forward toward the realization of goals
Identifying obstacles/actions that sabotage plans and dreams
Discovering life balance and self-management
Coaching ADD/ADHD/LD Individuals
In addition to the above, the ADD/ADHD/LD life coach does the following:
Understanding the characteristics and effects of ADD/ADHD/LD and how to separate the diagnosis from the person
Designing a plan for organization of time, materials, and information
Managing impulsivity and distractibility
Dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed