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Life Coaching Definition: What is it and is it right for you?
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Life Coaching Definition: What is it and is it right for you?

Although the discipline of Life Coaching is relatively new, it has already gone through several phases of development. For this reason, it’s sometimes difficult to find a very basic life coaching definition.

At its very best, coaching is about helping people make profound and lasting shifts in their lives. However, becoming a masterful coach involves much more than simple accountability and encouragement. By investigating the difference between traditional and Core EnergyTM Coaching, you’ll emerge with a clearer life coaching definition that can help you determine what type of coaching may be a good fit for your next career move.

Traditional Coaching

In its simplest form, traditional coaching is about helping another person strive toward their stated goals and objectives. This is accomplished by helping them follow through on tasks and respond to challenges. In this sense, it can be likened to a personal trainer—but instead of focusing on the body, you’ll work on improving your clients’ lives or businesses. Rather than providing a workout routine, you’ll guide them with accountability and encouragement.

However, this traditional approach has its limitations and weaknesses, which are revealed in the following words: “their stated goals and objectives.” On their own, too many people limit what they say they can or want to accomplish. They do this in the interest of being “realistic” or “practical.” In reality, they may have no idea what they are capable of and are simply afraid of disappointment.

Unfortunately, some individuals have grown accustomed to feeling successful just by lowering their expectations–or worse, setting no goals at all. Other people have all the enthusiasm they require and are great at constantly taking action, but can’t figure out why they repeatedly fail. There seem to be hidden blocks that cause them to always fall short of their goals and desires.

Core EnergyTM Coaching

Core EnergyTM Coaching is specifically designed to address the limitations of a more traditional coaching approach—by going far beyond just accountability or encouragement. As a Core Energy coach, you’ll actually have an opportunity to help your clients explore new goals, broaden their sense of what’s possible in their lives, and provide real tools that empower them to reach their full potential.

As their coach, you’ll take on the role of raising the deeper questions that a person might not otherwise ask themselves. You’ll challenge them to think bigger and start questioning the “story” they’ve told themselves and have begun to accept. With proper training, you can become skilled at presenting this kind of challenge constructively and with finesse.

By going beyond a traditional coaching approach, you can enable your clients to access an entirely new realm of possible results. That’s because you have been trained to help your clients become aware of their internal worlds—specifically, their driving motivations and self-limiting factors. As a result, you can lead them towards making permanent and profound shifts in the way they approach their problems, their goals, their world, and those around them. That means you’ll be able to have an impact on your clients that continues long after the coaching engagement ends.

Where ordinary coaching leaves off, Core Energy Coaching begins. This is where iPEC’s coach training stands apart from others. Our unique Core Energy Coaching approach is designed to help your clients achieve sustainable external results by making profound internal shifts. Coaches trained in this method say that it’s the key to making a real and satisfying difference in the world—and their clients agree!

Is Core Energy Coaching What You’re After?

As the coaching industry continues to change and develop, it can be difficult to pin down a clear life coaching definition. That makes it even more important to understand the ways in which Core EnergyTM Coaching transcends the traditional coaching model, and determine which approach will serve you and your potential clients best.

If you think Core Energy Coaching is the right path for you, take the next step to deepening your understanding of iPEC’s unique method for training excellent coaches.

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About Heather Doyle, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP

Admissions Director

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