What is Life Coaching?
What’s the difference between a life coach and a therapist? Life coaches are focused on the here and now, while most therapists and counselors look more deeply at historical context to address problems and issues. Life coaching is the branch of counseling that’s concerned with identifying blocks to progress and finding solutions and routes to achieve a more successful future.
Life coaching—which began as technique to motivate CEOs to aspire to greater success—focuses on the individual: self-enrichment, self-empowerment, self-determination, and self-care.
Individuals who seek life coaching do so to reach a variety of goals, both personal and professional.
What Are The Common Domains Of Life Coaching?
Career, Work Life, & Financial Aspirations
- Planning your exit strategy from an unrewarding or soul-sucking job
- Advocating for a deserved promotion or raise
- Nailing job interviews, cover letters, and resumes
- Launching or expanding your business
- Motivating the “dead weight” on your work team
- Communicating strategically—but honestly—with co-workers and supervisors
- Closing on your first home; repaying student loan or credit card debt; establishing retirement savings, secure investments, or college funds; and setting aside money for leisure opportunities (vacations to Spain; purchasing a kayak; enrolling in a cooking class; etc.)
- Conquering perfectionism or procrastination (enabling you to maximize your leisure time AND excel in school)
- Studying smarter—not harder—and improving your academic performance
- Defining long-term or short-term career goals; mastering prerequisite courses, shadowing requirements, admissions essays, reference letter requests, school interviews, and the subtle flourishes that elevate your accomplishments from the application stack; achieving acceptance into your dream college or post-baccalaureate program
- Breaking the destructive dating cycle of selecting emotionally unavailable partners; ditching the losers and kindling romance with the keepers
- Enhancing emotional intimacy or heating up your sex life
- Keeping the peace: Communicating and resolving conflicts more effectively
- Forging common interests (e.g. Ethiopian food, social work, or scuba diving) and infusing the “fun” back into your relationship
- Co-parenting as a team
Health & Wellness
- Articulating and attaining your fitness and nutrition goals; improving your body image; and nixing unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking, binge-eating, or substance abuse)
- Connecting with innovative techniques to promote stress management, including: psychotherapeutic yoga, mindfulness, meditation, or guided relaxation
- Implementing a sleep hygiene routine to bid “adieu” to insomnia or hypersomnolence
Spirituality, Life Purpose, & Balance
- Accomplishing the ideal balance between your obligations and personal needs, including: your career, quality time spent with family, socialization, romance, and self-enrichment or leisure activities
- Resolving spiritual or religious uncertainties and deepening your commitment to faith
- Sorting out quarter-life, mid-life, or existential crises and uncovering your authentic “life purpose”
- Exploring new hobbies or adventures and leading a life unencumbered by fear