At your first encounter of the term ‘life skill coach’ you may think how absurd it is to be able to coach some other persons’ life. But it is definitely possible to do that. There is more to coaching than the term it self. A lot of people are in the limbos of their lives now and they need someone to put them back on track and that’s what life coaches do.
Being The One
Not just anyone can call them selves a coach and go leading other people. To be one, you have to undergo training of a Life Skill program. Once you are certified to have the knowledge and the experience you become a professional on the field.
There are personal characteristics that are important to be a successful coach. First off, is that you have to be mentally and emotionally stable to help others. You should be able to deal and get along with different kinds of people. You should be accepting to them and is able to express your self clearly to convey to them what you really mean in order to avoid confusion.
It’s not that easy to coach, since you would have to be socially detached to be objective but sufficiently involved to be able to ‘feel with’ your client. You must gain a balance between the two so that whatever comes out from your mouth would not be biased and lead them to some decisions that aren’t well thought of.
Being The Light
Coaching does not mean you tell the person what exactly to do in his life. It is more of guiding him and making him see the different facets of his problem. You help him with all aspects of life whether spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social, professional and even aesthetic.
You don’t answer their problems but instead you ask them thought provoking questions for them to be enlightened and see the possibilities of their situation. It’s like lighting up the path for them so that they may see the clearer picture that they are in. You help them achieve their goals and dreams, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you do it for them.
You aren’t their attorney, doctor, maid, professor beautician, priest, accountant, fitness trainer and the likes. You don’t do therapy either. You play a much different role from the list. What you do is help your clients make sounding decisions in their lives. Recommending clients to other professionals such as those above is done too in the case that they need to see one.
At The End
Once you have successfully coached, it may not seem obvious to you but you actually have given your client skills that he needs in life. They get to think more effectively and make decisions wisely than before. You also give them a sense of companionship throughout their struggles. This companionship is basically enough to keep them holding on but you give more than that.
They achieve self-awareness and a sense of fulfillment. They acquire a balance of the different aspects in life that used to be like an unsolved jigsaw puzzle for them. All of these are possible because of their participation and the little nudges you give them to bring them back to their personal tracks in life.
There’s nothing comparable to the fulfillment you get in helping out others at the same time its not that easy for you either. Are you ready to coach a life? Now it’s about time for you to make the decision!