In the News: Coaching Beyond Sports

A quick bit about life and business coaching:

“How does coaching apply to life outside of sports? As a result of programming in primary school and on through high school and college, people are taught to follow a hierarchal system where clocks and alarms tell them what to do, when to do it and how it ought to be done. Most succumb to this system without a second thought.”


“This road or that road…”

The Gate
No one compels you, traveler;
this road or that road, make your choice!
Dust or mud, heat or cold,
fellowship or solitude,
foul weather or fairer sky,
the choice is yours as you go by.

But here if you would take this path
there is a gate whose latch is love,
whose key is single and which swings
upon the hinge of faithfulness,
and none can mock, who seeks this way,
the king we worship shamelessly.
If you would enter, traveler,
into this city fair and wide,
it is forever and you leave
all trappings of the self outside.

– Jane Tyson Clement

“This road or that road…”

Life Coaching – Hype or Help

These days, it seems like customized wellness is the craze. Various forms of personalized wellness include physical health (personal trainers, chiropractors, body workers, nutritionists, etc.), mental and emotional health (psychotherapy, rehab programs), and spiritual health (spiritual counselors, religious authorities, retreats, etc.). What I believe is not clearly understood is how to address theinterconnectedness of all aspects of “whole person” health. This is where Holistic Life Coaching fits into a personal wellness plan.

Life coaching is about learning to take conscious action that supports personal growth and enhances life experience. Holistic life coaching includes additional processes that support healing at all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

A coach helps individuals “connect the dots” of dissatisfaction, life circumstances, beliefs and behaviors; then guides and supports the implementation of day-to-day solutions. A coach can empower a client to break destructive patterns, co-creating new ways of living and seeing the world. The goal is for a client to feel a sense of wellbeing and experience more joy in all aspects of life.

Successful coaching relationships empower clients to resolve their own issues, now and in the future. While Coaching can take many different forms, look for these underlying capabilities and intentions:

  • Provide clear reflection, enabling a client to see the big picture of cause and consequences of personal choices
  • Has access to a variety of techniques and knowledge in order to customize a client’s experience
  • An unwavering and candid advocate for a client’s health, prosperity and personal growth
  • As needed, provide useful information and resources derived from the coach’s experiences and formal education
  • Ability to listen “between the lines” and ask questions that lead to increased self-knowledge
  • A relationship committed to client empowerment
  • Real-world, practical, action-oriented solutions and support

Coaching is not about a client surrendering responsibility for personal growth to a coach or anyone else. A counselor/advisor that relies heavily upon any of the following is probably providing a service that is not empowerment coaching.

  • Advisory service
  • Religious instruction
  • Perpetuating coach-dependency
  • Coach-driven solutions
  • Philosophical observation that is detached from real-world solutions
  • A stated sole-source for health and well-being

If you are considering working with a coach, here are some suggested interview questions and observations:

  • How long have you been practicing as a Personal Coach? What was your work prior to becoming a Personal Coach?
  • What are your relevant training, education and certifications?
  • Will you provide at least 3 client references who will talk with me?
  • Notice if the coach is doing a good job of inquiring about and listening to your wants and needs, or if the coach is more interested in impressing you with knowledge and opinions.
  • Notice your gut response to the Coach. Do you get a warm, comfortable feeling of connection; or do you feel uneasy and unsure, possibly in the form of butterflies or anxiety?
  • Ask for an explicit statement of expected benefits from the engagement. Are the expected benefits in alignment with your goal(s)?
  • Be clear about cost. Are fees charged by the hour, by the month, by the project, etc.? Ask about a service guarantee.

Coaching is an unregulated and unlicensed profession. Qualifications and techniques vary widely. Investigate thoroughly and follow your instincts!

Life Coaching – Hype or Help


One of the most common pieces of advice that you’ll hear from nearly all self-help guru’s is that the fastest way to success is to find a coach, mentor or role model that can help you achieve your goal much faster.  Have you heard this before?  I know I have.  Everyone from Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, and countless other “guru’s” preach the same advice.

Read more from our friends at Project Life Mastery:

7 Reasons Why You Need A Life Coach