What is a Life Coach?

What is a life coach? There is often a gray area in the world of coaching because it is an unregulated discipline. There are online coaches of all types.

In this context, a life coach is a coach that partners with you to meet your goals. This means, you are in charge of what you want to achieve and you are the one who co-creates with the coach. The coach doesn’t force anything on you.

For example, when I am coaching my clients I have them come prepared with topics they want to go over and together we create the desired outcome of the call for it to be successful. Basically, the client is in charge of the outcome and the coach helps them there through guided questions.

Depending on your coach, they may not give you any answers or resources because you are in charge of this journey. The way I coach is a bit different because of my background. In the life coaching philosophy we all have answers within ourselves, but there is a reason we partnered with a coach in the first place. That is why my approach is different, when needed I give resources because of my background in personal training, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and my undergraduate degree in psychology.

Let’s be honest, no one has all the answers. In the case of the coaching relationship you know more about yourself than we do. This is why a life coach partners with you. In the end, you know what is best for you and the coach helps you in the following ways:

  • Increased Clarity
  • Deeper Introspection
  • A different Point of View
  • Resources when needed
  • Different tools to guide you
  • Education
  • Accountability
  • Increased Communication
  • A safe space
  • Overcome self-limiting beleifs

The above are just some examples and it is based on what you need in that moment. A great coach knows when to ask a question that will benefit you. It will give you a “wow, that’s a good question, let me take some time to think about it moment”. If I am being honest, that is how I know I asked a really good question with my clients.

One of my favorite tools I use in my sessions is somatic embodiment techniques. My clients get more tuned in to it over time, but it basically gets you out of your head and into your body. Feel free to check it out more here in the “How to Listen to your Body” blog post. It has helped my clients connect with themselves more and have their biggest breakthroughs.

What is the Difference between a Life Coach and a Mentor?

The biggest difference between a life coach and a mentor is that a mentor is mainly in charge of the session and educating you more so because they have the answers you seek. They tell you what to do and educate you in certain areas. For example, my business partner Timi Orosz uses a combination of mentoring and coaching. She is primarily a mentor because she teaches you how to market and grow your business. She asks you questions to see where you are with your business and how to get you to where you want your business to be.

In this case it is a more in depth approach of education and taking action steps in a certain subject area like business improvement. The life coach allows you to guide the sessions and provides resources when needed and it is more of a partnership. Life coaching is less educational and more powerful question based.

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A Personal Trainer is another great example. They are the subject expert in exercise and fitness. I know this because I worked as a personal trainer for the past 5 years. They design your workouts based on the goals you told them. If you don’t like an exercise they change it to a similar one that works the same muscle or has a similar function to your goals.

Therefore, a mentor is a subject matter expert and a coach partners with you and has resources to guide you with. They both serve different functions.

A good mentor incorporates some coaching techniques and a good life coach has some subject matter expertise and can guide you to where you need to be. They both are a good investment based on your goals. A life coach is more client centered and a mentor is more goal and educational centered.

What is the difference between a Life Coach and Psychologist?

A life coach focuses on assumed healthy individuals and Psychologists focus on individuals with mental health disorders. Basically, Life coaches focus on the present moment and occasionally go back to the past but that is not the norm.

Psychologists work more with your traumas and treating it. A life coach is not qualified to treat your trauma and will refer you to a mental health professional if you show signs of a mental health disorder.

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