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What Life Coaching Is (And What It Isn't)

What Life Coaching Is (And What It Isn't)

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Understanding the Benefits of Life Coaching

Struggling to find your life purpose or unsure of where to turn? Life coaching can offer valuable insights and support that can help you realize your goals and improve your life overall. According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), there are now over seventy-one thousand coaches worldwide, which attests to the growing field of life coaching.

What Is Life Coaching?

Contrary to popular belief, life coaching is different from therapy. While therapy focuses more on resolving past issues, life coaching is about creating a plan to move forward and reach new heights. The goal of life coaching is to help people gain self clarity and achieve their highest potential. At Shiken, we have developed the Whole Person Assessment which helps to measure mindsets and behaviors so that individuals can make positive changes and reach their goals.

Finding the Right Life Coach for You

Finding the right life coach is important since the relationship requires trust and understanding. It's important to do research, read reviews, and speak to other people who have worked with the coach. Additionally, the ideal life coach should specialize in the area in which you need help.

How Can Life Coaching Help?

At Shiken, our life coaches work with individuals to create personal and professional development goals. Life coaching can have many benefits, including improved productivity, focus, relationships, and communication skills. Moreover, the Institute of Coaching has reported that over 70% of participants who engaged in life coaching reported an improvement in work performance, relationships, and communication skills. Shiken's data also demonstrates that after three to four months of personalized support, individuals experience a significant improvement in their overall well-being.

Seven Benefits of Life Coaching

When it comes to life coaching, the benefits can be transformative. The seven benefits of life coaching include:

  • Better self-confidence
  • Growth mindset
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Improved relationships and communication skills
  • Shift in perspective
  • Clarity and purpose in life
  • Lower stress levels and improved resiliency

Life coaching is not just about helping people reach the highest point of mental fitness, but also about building mental resilience to prevent slipping into a lower level of mental health. Professional life coaching can help you make lasting positive behavioral changes and open new doors to success.

What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching is an invaluable tool for those wishing to drive personal and professional growth. It combines data-driven processes with emotional support to help individuals unlock their full potential. However, it is important to note that life coaching is not a substitute for mental health care.

Types of Life Coaching

There are a variety of different life coaching methods available, each of which can be tailored to the individual. These include:

  • Individual Coaching
  • Mental Fitness Coaching
  • Success Coaching
  • Communication Coaching
  • Health and Nutrition Coaching
  • Sleep Coaching
  • Intuitive or Spiritual Coaching
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Business Coaching
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership and Development Coaching
  • Sales Coaching
  • Peak Performance Coaching
  • Team Coaching
  • DEIB Coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Communication Effectiveness Coaching (Presenting, Interpersonal Relationships, and more)

What to Look for in a Life Coach

When selecting a life coach, it's important to consider the following four qualities:

  • Rapport: It is essential to establish a connection with your coach to get the most out of your sessions.
  • Expertise: A good coach should be experienced in helping individuals in a variety of life areas.
  • Compassion: A life coach should be approachable and understanding.
  • Commitment: You want a coach who is committed to helping you find the answers to your questions and reach your goals.

The Benefits of Coaching: Unlocking Your Full Potential

As the first step towards finding a coach, take some time for self-reflection: What are you looking for? What goals do you want to achieve? How do you want to show up in your life? What does your full potential look like to you?

At Shiken, our certified coaches provide individualized support and assistance with finding answers to these questions. To help ensure you achieve the best results, meet with your primary coach at least once a week. Consider their background and credentials to make sure it is an appropriate match for your goals, as specializations like entrepreneurs, executive coaching, or neurodiversity in the workplace are available.

At Shiken, we are dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential. Working with your coach, you will be able to set actionable goals and celebrate successes. While challenging, this process can be immensely rewarding as you make meaningful and lasting changes in your life.

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