Everything You Should Know About Life Coaching

According to the ICF Global Coaching Study, life coaching is the second-fastest-growing industry in the world, with an average yearly growth of 6.7%.

The Woman Post | Catalina Mejía Pizano

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Latin America and the Caribbean region had the largest growth with a 174% increase. Eastern Europe occupied the second place at 40%. What is this industry about?

Life coaching is a branch of coaching that employs a methodology based on neuroscience and positive psychology. It is centered around the Coachee (client) and the design of a life plan that involves various areas such as personal, professional, and quality of life. The methodology used is supposed to make your mind work in a clear and focused manner to identify, design, and accomplish your objectives.

Some of the aims of life coaching are to help coachees work on their thinking process and discover their own abilities. As a result of life coaching, clients are equipped to spot some of the obstacles that are stopping them from achieving their objectives, in order to know what steps to take to shape their future regarding many areas of their lives. It is worth highlighting that coaching is not considered therapy and it is based on neurolinguistic techniques, meditation, development of social skills, and negotiation strategies. But are there some facts we should know before considering hiring a life coach? The Woman Post, reveals some of the most important aspects to bear in mind when thinking about having a life coach.

1. Coaching is not therapy: While therapy is centered around mental health and emotional healing, life coaching is more about goal-setting and the achievement of specific objectives.

2. Life coaches can lack formal psychological training: There are low barriers to entering the profession. Since coaching is aimed at individuals without mental health problems, it is more collaborative and informal than psychotherapy. In this point, it is important to mention that it is assumed that coaches know how to recognize mental illness. But, if they don’t require formal training in psychology, can they really identify mental health problems?

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3. Coaches don’t have formal requirements for education, training, or licensing: As mentioned by Ryan Stewman, CEO of one of the fastest-growing sales training organizations in America and founder of Clyxo.com, "In the last decade, I’ve helped over 14,000 coaching clients, and not a single one asked to see my college degree."

4. Who is life coaching for? Life coaching is directed to any individual who wishes to improve their quality of life, or who wishes to go through changes either in personal, professional, or social areas. It is also targeted at people who want to change careers and who need motivation and support to do so. Coaching is also an option for people facing health problems or stressful events.

5. A coach is not a healthcare professional: A life coach aims at helping people identify obstacles and undesired behaviors, and helps them discover and achieve their goals. The coach helps people design a plan that will effectively lead them to accomplish their objectives.

So if you are considering finding a life coach to support you in working in diverse aspects of your life, it is important to be clear about the expectations you have and to remember that coaches are not therapists or health care professionals, but their advice can still be helpful for achieving specific objectives in your personal life or career.

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