Life skills coaching can involve a personal mentor working closely with you in any number of areas, including relationship coaching, health and spirituality, small business coaching, internet business coaching, non-profit and social entrepreneur coaching, health coaching, weight loss coaching, physical fitness, success coaching, wellness coaching.
However, it appears that the distinction between life skills coaching and counseling is amorphous at best now.
Coaching advocates say they provide a distinct service that helps clients work on their goals for the future and create a new life path. ( Adler and Jung might call this 'inventing your future, or planning your life') They say counselors spend more time examining the past, looking for solutions to to emotional concerns and seeking a diagnosis required by insurance companies. Coaches suggest that the relationships they establish with clients are more collegial in nature, and coaches and clients work in a less structured environment as a team, rather than setting up a patient-client relationship.
I think coaches see themselves as part of the wellness trend, the trend to live a healthy life style.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe, and to customize their approach to individual client needs. The seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity the client already has." Counseling would focus on moving people from a state of dysfunction to a state of functionality.
Whether you are a counselor or a coach, you are going to be working in the areas of nutrition, sleep, stress management, novel challenge for the brain, and physical exercise.
No matter what the diagnosis for a counselor, or life skill plan for the coach, one needs to work in those major areas mentioned above.
And without effective brain functioning, progress for either the coach or counselor will be slow.
To enhance neurogenesis or the growth of new brain cells and neuroplasticity, which is the reorganization of the brain to handle learning, I encourage anyone to work on the brain fitness programs below.
The better your brain works, the sooner you are off to success in either counseling or coaching.
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
Would you share what you are most grateful for? Your story could be just what another person is searching for to renew themselves? Thanks.