What Life Coaching Is
Life coaching draws from various areas such as emotional intelligence, positive psychology, neurolinguistics programming (NLP), appreciative inquiry, and many more. Through these methods, clients are able to dig down inside and start making significant, productive changes. The method I’m certified to practice is defined by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the largest non-profit professional association of coaches worldwide, as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Although we can brainstorm ideas at any time, it’s not about advice giving. The coaching is focused on what a person’s beliefs and values are, and where those lead to. Coaching is conducted in sync with who you truly are and what’s important to you, not the coach.
Depending on your goal, you may require a few weeks or months, or on-going coaching. You may not know what your goal is and that’s totally fine too — a lot of people don’t. Maybe you feel like somethings missing and you want to figure out what that thing is. Maybe you find you are tolerating circumstances in your life, or life itself. Whatever it is, we work together through the sessions until we reach that goal. Some topics people work on might be personal growth, careers/entrepreneurship, relationships, and their life purpose — anything and everything you connect with.
After getting some paperwork done, we would meet either by phone, in person (if possible and desirable) or via online video conference on the set day and time. It may be twice monthly, once per week — depending on what you need and what works with your schedule.
As a client, it’s best to meet with an open mind and an idea of what you would like to work on during each session. Each session is meant to bring reasonable results by the end of it. For example, if you are considering a new career, working on having that new career by the end of the session isn’t going to happen. It’s just not possible. But coming up with new and different ideas, leads, or a list to start preparing yourself to make the transition is possible. Sometimes it may be a matter of your perspective on what transition means to you emotionally and how that impacts your thoughts and behavior, maybe you need to figure out what that new career is, etc. Talking things through with a life coach sheds light on what’s going on beneath the surface, what’s blocking you, or a belief that is steering you in another direction. Then you can adjust behavior, change perspective, or “see” with new eyes — there are so many possibilities.
Contact Cindy Cunha, Certified Holistic Life, Career, and Executive Coach, for more information or to schedule a free consultation. If coaching interests you, we’ll begin coaching as soon as you’re ready. When you begin life coaching, you’ll find it very rewarding.
“Cindy has an abundance of resources and information that prompt me to consider anything I’m facing with a fresh perspective. I totally recommend Cindy as a coach in whatever capacity you are seeking.”~ Lois M.