There is a formal definition of Life Coaching by the International Coaching Federation, click here, as “As partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” … however I’m going to give the Life Coaching definition my own spin.
In a nutshell here’s my definition, “Coaching is helping people progress in an area of their life” It could be personal, work, relationship, money, career or any number of other areas that Life Coaches specialise in.
If you expect to be given the answers to your problems from a Life Coach then you are barking up the wrong tree. Any decent Life Coach will be trained in asking you questions so you can uncover, or shift, your own thinking about your particular problem to help you find your own unique solutions.
If you simply need the answers then find a mentor!
But be warned, mentors can be fantastic resources however following them blindly doesn’t help you grow. If you follow a mentor’s advice and then it works out, do you really own the solution? If the mentor’s advice does not work, do you blame the mentor or yourself?
If though you discover your own solution and act on it then whatever happens, positive or negative, you will learn and grow. That is why Life Coaching is so powerful, we help our clients discover their own solutions to problems and let them own the outcome.