Life and Wellness Coaching Definitions

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is a professional who helps you reach a goal or make a change in your life.

A life coach is a professional who helps you reach a goal or make a change in your life. They help you to get out of your head and start taking action in the areas of your life that you wish to change. A life coach guides you through the process by asking questions that help you evaluate and decide which steps to take in order to reach your goal or make an important change. Then they play the important roles of motivator, strategist and accountability partner. Their goal is to help you reach your goal in the most efficient, effective and rewarding way possible. Life coaches are more than just a counselor or consultant, they step you through the achievement process from the beginning to the end, from the planning stage all the way through the execution stages.

 

Motivator

A life coach is a source of motivation and inspiration that gives you the push you need to reach your full potential. You might hire a life coach for similar reasons that you would hire a personal trainer for. You may already be fit, but have specific goals that need more guidance and pushing to in order to accomplish them, or maybe you are overweight or feeling sluggish and know you need motivation and encouragement from outside of yourself to make a significant change.

Life coaches are like personal trainers for your life goals. They have the professional training and mindset that is needed to coach you towards your dream life. They are with you every step of the way, helping you find ways to stay on track and motivated to accomplish those goals and so much more.

 

Strategist

Effective strategizing is something a life coach is really good at helping you with. One of the first things they do when they meet with you is to ask specific questions about what you want to accomplish and help re-focus your thinking to make sure you’re going about it in an effective and meaningful way.

Part of what a life coach does is help you reach your goals quicker and with less effort. Efficiency is key to keeping momentum up and creating lasting changes.

 

Accountability Partner

A life coach is someone who will keep you accountable for reaching your goals and making positive changes. They maintain contact and make sure to check in with you throughout the process to make sure you are progressing and keeping your momentum up.

You may tend to rely on friends and family to keep you accountable for what you’re trying to do but this can often be a strain on those relationships, or people simply let you down because they just don’t know how to be an accountability partner. A life coach will not just let your dream fizzle without saying anything about it. They will hold you accountable to what you said you will do, and because of that you will be more motivated to keep progressing toward your goal in order to show them what you have accomplished.

Ultimately, a life coach will hold you accountable to reaching your personal and professional goals. They will be there with you every step of the way to help you with strategy as well as encourage and motivate you.A life coach will help you through the road blocks along the way, give you the push you need when you’re stuck in a rut, cheer for you when you meet your goals and then challenge you to get out there and conquer even more goals.

 

What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness coaching is a highly personalized and client-directed method of working through barriers and discovering internal strengths, past successes, and current motivation to both develop and achieve individual goals and lifestyle changes.

The coaching atmosphere is safe, supportive, and free of judgement. You are invited to be vulnerable, open, and honest as this journey and the consequential benefits are yours alone.

During the wellness coaching process you will identify a behavior (or behaviors) that you want to change, generate a wellness vision, and create incremental goals to help you achieve that vision.  You will be provided with support, gentle guidance, and accountability as you move through the stages of change. Coaching sessions typically occur over the phone as this seems to facilitate transparency and allows for coaching to happen wherever and whenever!

 

What kinds of behavior change can be addressed?

Exercise
Weight management
Nutrition
Stress reduction
Tobacco cessation
Other addictive behaviors

 

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