• Claire Whittaker

10 Things You Want To Know About Coaching.

1. What is life coaching?

A life coach encourages and supports clients with a variety of personal and professional issues. Coaching is distinct from giving advice, consulting, counselling, mentoring and therapy. A coach will help you with specific projects, goals and transitions through building awareness and empowering choice

A coach will help you to take control of your life and provide the clarity required to take action to steer it toward your goals. Sessions will focus on the present and future with the main objective of focusing on who you want to become and what you want to accomplish


2. What can a coach help with?

The main role of a coach is to help you solve problems and help you move forward with your life. Focusing on any area:-

Relationships, Finance, Purpose, Career, Well-being, Happiness, Breaking Bad Habits, Overcoming Psychological Barriers

If you have the desire to reach your peak performance and achieve lasting results, then coaching is for you.

A coach will help you to:-

  • Get absolute clarity on the top goals for you in the next year, supporting the confident decision making required for you to move forward.

  • Develop better habits so that you have more structure and discipline in your life.

  • Set and achieve goals so you will have a better sense of achievement and know that your life is moving in the right direction.

  • Get organised and manage your time more effectively so you can get better results from your day and be held accountable.

  • Create long-term results – the mind is the key to your sustained success. Even a great strategy won’t succeed without the right mindset to implement it. When you change your mindset, you are then able to transform your life.

  • Build your self-confidence so you stop settling for less than you deserve and go after what you want in life.

  • Get self-motivated and stop procrastinating so you take action in life and be more productive.

  • Discover your life purpose and passion so you have a sense of meaning.

  • Find your dream job or improve your current career so you wake up each day excited to go to work.


3. What exactly does a life coach do?

A coach is a catalyst, helping you to become your best self so that you can achieve your goals and live your dreams.

By helping you to find clarity in what you want to achieve a coach supports you along your journey of accomplishing your goals. Their objective is to be your guide and support you along your journey of achieving success and fulfilment by facing your fears and improving your life skills.

A coach also acts as a mirror reflecting certain things you need to learn about yourself.


4. What is a coach not there to do?

  • Diagnose or treat mental health conditions or prescribe medications. They may signpost you to other services if it becomes apparent that is what is required.

  • Act as a consultant, who is only going to tell you what to do.

  • There to judge you or any actions you decide to take as a result of your session.

  • Constantly nag you.

  • Act as your friend who will just tell you what they think is best for you.

  • A coach is not a therapist or counsellor.


5. What are the benefits of having a life coach?

  • Help you identify goals and the structure and discipline required to accomplish them.

  • Motivate you to become more productive by getting to the root cause of what is holding you back.

  • Help you increase your self-awareness and gain a better understanding of yourself.

  • Help you gain clarity so you can get unstuck and move forward.

  • Ask you powerful questions that will improve your confidence and, through feedback will give you the ability to solve your own problems.

  • Challenge you to find the courage to face your fear.

  • Support you in finding your passion and purpose in life.

  • Empower you to make better decisions that serve your best interest.

  • Help you breakthrough old negative thought patterns and self-limiting beliefs.

  • Guide you to see problems as challenges and opportunities to learn and grow.


6. When would you benefit from having a coach?

You would benefit from a life coach if you…

  • Want to achieve your goals faster and easier.

  • Lack clarity and feel stuck.

  • Have not found your passion or purpose.

  • Are going through a difficult transition.

  • Are not where you want to be at this point in your life.

  • Are unfulfilled in your career and are not sure what to do.

  • Have low self-esteem and lack confidence in yourself.

  • Want to get to the root cause of what is holding you back in life.

  • Want to be challenged to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

  • Are ready to face your fears and overcome them.


7. Does coaching work?

Yes, but only if you are willing to:

  • Be honest with yourself about your shortcomings.

  • Take action and do the work necessary to move forward with your life.

  • Face your fears and overcome any self-limiting beliefs.

  • Create a new set of habits that serve your best interest.

  • Be open to change and all that comes with it.

  • Invest the time and money it takes to succeed.

  • Be proactive and practice self-discipline.

  • Stop procrastinating and manage your time more effectively so you can be more productive.

  • Be open and honest with your coach about who you are and what you want.

If you are not willing to do all these things, then coaching will not work.

It’s important to understand that a coach can only support you, they cannot do the work for you.


8. How does it work?

An initial scoping session is used is to get to know you and to explore what you want from the relationship. Once you have clearly identified what your goals are, a coach will help you break them down into smaller actions and then hold you accountable through the process of achieving them.

One of the greatest benefits of the coaching relationship is when they are able to help you remove certain beliefs that may be holding you back or when they can inspire and motivate you to face your fears and step up into you becoming a better version of yourself.

The coaching approach is different for everyone and can vary from one intense session that lasts about 90 minutes to two hours. This is ideal for someone who may be stuck in a certain situation and just needs to brainstorm with the coach on how to move forward.

Generally, people who need support with a change in their life will need three to six months, usually one session a month before they see the transformation they desire. When it comes to getting clear on who you are, what you want, forming new habits, building confidence, breaking through old self-limiting beliefs, this can take time.

However, you should feel better and a sense of optimism right after your first session.

Most sessions last between 60 to 90 minutes.


9. What does a coach expect of me?

When you commit to the coaching relationship, you are expected to:

  • Show up on time.

  • Be honest and vulnerable.

  • Do the work necessary.

  • Be accountable for your actions.

  • Be Proactive - During your coaching sessions you are expected to be proactive so that the coach is not having to do all the leading and initiating. Coaching is also the process of you becoming self-motivated and driven to lead your own life and not always wait for someone else to do it.

  • Enjoy the journey A life coach is excited to be supporting you and they want to enjoy the sessions as much as you do!


10. How much does it cost with Your Launchpad to Happiness?

The standard individual rate is £75 per session (usually 60 – 90 minutes). Discounts may be possible for individuals working in the not for profit sector. However, in the initial exploration stage we will look at exact requirements and an appropriate pricing plan for the package will be agreed.

Where the scope includes working with a business as well as individuals within it a full scope will be required.

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