What is a Life Coach?
Updated: Feb 4
What is a life coach, anyway? I mean I'm doing this life thing alright, I've made it this far! Or, maybe you are thinking quite the opposite. What's next for my life? How will I get through this? What should I do?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines Coaching as partnering with Clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
FITMBS™ Coach John shared that "coaching includes exploration, clarification of values and strengths, deep listening, providing feedback and perspective, identifying resources, creating awareness, idea generation, problem-solving, prioritizing, identifying plans of action, goal setting, and managing progress and accountability -- all with the purpose of moving you closer to achieving your objectives."
Our FITMBS™ Life Coaches describe coaching as exploring client opportunities together and harnessing a vision. Life coaching is holistic, meaning it encompasses everything in life, careers, relationships, transitions, and seasons. Partnering with a Life Coach helps you determine next steps to move forward.
Life Coach Benefits
Since life coaching is person-centered, there are many different outcomes and benefits. By partnering with a life coach, you may establish or discover goals, explore and answer hard questions, learn about how existing behaviors were developed and potentially change those behaviors, or find your life improved.
Am I Ready?
FITMBS™ Coach Caren expressed, "All you need for coaching is a human-being committed to making a change in their lives." Come as you are. Coaching gives an opportunity to open up in a safe, non-judgmental space and explore. There is no advice, but rather, the client finding answers within themselves through questions, accountability, and looking forward.
Connect with your Coach
FITMBS™ Coaches, John, Caren and Tanya, are here to walk alongside you during the transitions of life. The first part of partnering with a life coach is determining which life coach to work with. It is an important step, as you want to connect with your coach.
Caren explains her "niche" as understanding triggers, behaviors, and experiences as someone who has lived through Polytrauma and recovery. She is relatable, empathetic, and authentic.
John emphasizes personal connection in coaching. He works to create a safe and compassionate space. He is focused on heart work and self-care, as he says, "When we begin to focus on caring for ourselves, things around us begin to change."
Tanya emphasizes that fitness is not just around eating healthy or how much you work out, but how we think that helps the client to create new lifestyle changes. "The past provides us with a baseline for how we live our lives today, but it doesn't mean we can't change our thinking to provide us with a new life we want to live moving forward."