What Is Life Coaching?

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A coach guides you in identifying core life desires,
uncovering authentic talents and in applying your unique
qualities in pursuit of your goals.

Stephen Covey gives a nice sense of the outcome of coaching
when he says,

"How different our lives are when we really know what is
deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day to be and do what really
matters most."

Today, life is more full and fast-paced than ever before.
One might assume that a sense of personal fulfillment would
accompany this process. Sadly, the reverse is true for
great numbers of individuals today. Life is too hectic.

A sense of emptiness, lack of direction, confusion and
joyless living permeate many lives, perhaps even yours.
The coaching profession has been called into creation by
these and similar needs amongst you.

It's important to realize that you were born into this
world whole, with unique gifts. Over the course of time you
unlearned some of your golden qualities, put them on the
shelf, sacrificing them towards some perceived good. You
became lost to yourself. Your once vivid and detailed
dreams became fuzzy, distant and finally, forgotten.

What if procrastination doesn't mean you are lazy or a
perfectionist? What if there's a divine reason for your
anxiety or depression? What if your relationship problems
are really about lost dreams? What if your high level of
stress and inability to sleep well are red flags with
important messages written all over them?

You may find this hard to believe, but your natural state
is to live life full of energy, enthusiasm and with great
joy! What's terrifying is that a lack of these qualities
has been accepted as normal. You've been brainwashed into
this belief, so much so, that when you come across
individuals living with abundnant joy you may quickly judge
them as odd or naive.

Life's hiccups (anxiety, depression, procrastination,
stress etc.) are a beacon of light. Follow the beacon and
come home to yourself. A coach provides the guidance,
through powerful questions, deep listening, formation of
action plans and heartfelt accountability.

Coaching is positive, focusing on identifying your
strengths, and is oriented towards the future. You glance
backwards only for understanding to fuel forward movement
into your desired future.

Life coaching occurs in person, by phone, through email or
some combination of these three. You will have weekly
contact with your coach. Life coaching normally lasts for
one year or longer and begins with a three month commitment.

Are you ready to come home to yourself?

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Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
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