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Really, What IS a Life Coach?

Updated: Dec 22, 2018


Following on from my post “What is Coaching? How To Unlock Your Potential”, what can you expect from your qualified life coach? Here, I provide a brief insight. If you want to just get straight to the point, scroll down to the summary bullet points highlighting exactly what a professional offers.


Do you want to know how to bring out the best in you? Get a coach.


Many people are familiar with life coaches now but there is still a prominence for the term “coach” to be associated with a sports coach. The Cambridge English dictionary defines coach as

i) Someone whose job is to train and organize a sports team or

ii) Someone whose job is to teach people to improve at a sport, skill or school subject.

It gives the example of a tennis or maths coach.


A life coach does not teach.


Are you surprised?


A sports coach provides advice, mentoring, training, encouragement, discipline in order to help the athlete improve performance and the coach is usually skilled in the sport, often even an expert.


A life coach (whose ambit may include any or all coaching in relation to life, relationships, communication, career, leadership, health, wealth, finance and more) doesn’t provide advice or discipline directly. A life coach facilitates a process to enable the client to reach goals or make changes using their own inner wisdom. For those new to coaching, this may sound particular strange or hard work. Clients will tell you however, that the time and energy put in is well worth it.


Expert Facilitation

Unlike a sports coach, the life coach is not an expert in a clients’ profession or sport. They are an expert at facilitating a coaching process that enables you to think differently, explore opportunities, overcome blocks, get unstuck, build confidence, take control and so much more. (see more about what coaching is in my article https://www.anitagohilthorp.com/feed/what-is-life-coaching-how-to-unlock-your-potential


If you instruct a coach, you’ll need to know that your coach is not a trainer, telling you what to do or learn, nor a counsellor and coaching is not therapy, although clients do report therapeutic outcomes.


It is however, about you, all of you; your coach trusts that you have the answers. If this sounds strange, don’t worry, when you experience coaching, it all comes to light. Your coach is a catalyst to getting you to those answers in alignment with your truest values, standards, boundaries and dreams. Your coach supports and provides guidance through coaching techniques and tools (for me, these include my training based on International Coach Federation competencies, standards and ethics, principles of NLP, CBT, Models including TRANSFORM, GROW AND OSKAR, mindfulness, positive psychology, conscious awareness, mind-set and the exercises I have designed), motivation and support, all in a confidential setting.


In summary, a professional life coach

  • provides a private, safe and confidential space for you to be yourself

  • promotes a process that is a catalyst for the change you seek

  • facilitates a process for you to reach your goals

  • allows you to offload to get to the real issues quickly

  • supports you in in a collaborative manner

  • motivates you consistently along the way

  • challenges you to move forward as you’ve expressed you want to

  • guides you along the way through coaching techniques

  • helps you to clearly unravels your blocks

  • promotes steps to get you unstuck

  • champions new helpful behaviours

  • is totally impartial for you

  • supports you to increase your confidence, motivation, efficiency and action

  • gives you the platform to stay on track and sustain your new habits for the life you want

  • helps you to maximise your potential in all areas of life and work.


A coach brings out the best in you and so much more. He or she works in partnership with you to define your goal(s) clearly and identify the manageable steps to get you there. So, why not find your life coach today? Go on, you’ll be glad you did.



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I’m Anita. I help people to maximise their fullest potential, wherever they feel they are in life or work now. Why not get in touch today for your free 20 minute telephone consultation. If the chemistry is right, we can see how we can work together to get you to where you want to me. anita@anitagohilthorp.com

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