So Life coaching is an actual thing

When I first heard the term ‘Life Coaching’ several years ago, I have to say I thought ‘yeah right! Someone who has got life all worked out is going to tell me how to work it all out – who are these people??????’
A little ‘negative nancy’ you think? Yes, well, I used to be!
Thankfully I had a very important life transition and a friend who inspired me to look into coaching a little further. It was one of those moments where you are stuck in a job you don’t love and you’re thinking’ how do I get out of this $hit?’ and you just happen to talk to the right person at the right time suggesting you try something new! This person was my friend who is now also a coach and the editor of my book!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit precious about qualifications. I think there are some amazing self taught people out there, but when it comes to helping people, you need to be careful – humans are precious and you don’t want to mess them up!
So studying coaching (after doing degrees in psychology and social work) was really important to me!

What I found out once I started studying was that coaches are everyday normal people who invest in their own self improvement and self development and who want to get the best out of themselves – they also happen to want to help other people do the same.
Contrary to my first thoughts about life coaching, coaches are definitely not perfect humans who have life ‘all worked out’. But they are committed to a better life and being the best version of themselves! Most of the coaches I have met are energetic, passionate and really committed to their own and other peoples success!
Coaching is for people to move their lives forward in a positive direction – to achieve goals they never through they could, to focus energy on coming out of life transitions or change in the most positive way possible.

For me coaching is about helping people to find that level of happy they have been craving for so long but just don’t know how to get it!
Coaching is NOT therapy, counselling, consulting or mentoring, although it can work alongside these things if that’s what you need.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) – the leading global coaching organization and professional association for coaches – defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
To break that down, we work with clients to face their fears, break down barriers that might be holding them back from achieving their hopes, dreams and goals and we help them set down new pathways that lead to big changes in their lives.

Coaching in a nutshell helps you to:
• Clarify your values, and vision for your future
• Develop goals and an action plan for achieving them
• Find the things that are blocking you
• Focus on your strengths, see things in a positive light, develop confidence and optimism
• Manage time more efficiently and effectively
• Bring balance, energy, focus and passion back into your life

How do you know if coaching is for you?
I would usually ask people the following questions if they are not sure if they want or need coaching;
Do you feel:
• overwhelmed with life and the changes happening in your life
• your life is too complicated
• ‘stressed out’
• lacking fun/motivation/ energy
• like you deserve/want more out of life
• you need to make some big changes/you’re in a life transition
• ‘fed up’ with your job
• unsure of how/when/where to make changes
• ‘stuck’, confused and don’t know where to begin
• life is a constant battle

As someone who has a coach myself and has made some significant progress in achieving my own goals over the last two years (I just finished writing my first book), I know first hand and can hand-on-heart assure you that a coach will help you to take your life to the next level!
One thing to be wary of though is, the coaching profession is not regulated so anyone can call themselves a ‘coach’ and not have studied anything.
The good coaches have invested a LOT of time and money on courses and qualifications.
So when you are looking for a coach, look for qualifications such as Certificate in Professional Coaching, Diploma of Coaching, ICF accredited coach and certified NLP practitioner for example. You can always ask where they studied and what their qualifications are if its not obvious on their website too.
I’m really excited to be starting my journey into coaching and offering women strategies for achieving their hopes and dreams. I know it’s a game changer and want every woman out there to get on with being their most awesome selves!
If you are interested in coaching or learning more, don’t hesitate to give me a call on 0422 965 741 or email fiona@minddesigncoach.com
Fiona xx ‘Change your MIND, DESIGN your life’

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