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Introduction to Life Coaching

What is a Profession Life Coach? This blog gives a brief overview and explanation - and also the option to set up a free consultation for those interested.

Experiencing Life Coaching (from a Christian / Messianic faith perspective) was a game changer for me personally. Though there are diverse methods of effective discipleship, being coached by a seasoned life coach personally helped me move forward in areas that I could not on my own. It was experiencing the living results that eventually led me to invest into becoming a certified professional Life Coach (and Neuro-language Coach®) accredited through the ICF (International Coaching Federation) to serve others likewise. You can read about the fundamentals of life coaching by clicking here to view a blog article on this specific subject.

Mentoring is imparting to you what God has given me. Coaching is drawing out of you what God has put in you.
— Dale Stoll

 

What is Coaching?
A Coach is a Personal Change Expert. Coaches help people like you grow faster, perform at higher levels, understand themselves more deeply, and live with greater purpose and fulfillment. In the same way that a personal trainer helps a pro athlete maximize performance, a personal coach can help you get the most out of life.

What Happens in a Coaching Appointment?
Coaching appointments begin with a chance for you to report on your progress and end with a clear set of action steps you choose to take in the week ahead. But what is that essential spark between you and your coach that makes the relationship so transformational? Read on to discover four facets in coaching that lead to a fruitful outcome.

1. Coaching is a Transformational Conversation.
The biggest surprise for first-time clients is realizing that the coach isn’t there to give advice. Instead, powerful, incisive coaching questions stimulate you to examine the things in life that matter most from new angles. A coaching conversation can transform the way you look at life.

2.Coaching is a Transparent Relationship.
A coach is a friend and confidant, your greatest supporter, and someone who knows you well enough to call out the best in you. A transparent relationship with your coach frees you to go to places you’ve never gone before.

3. Coaching is a Support System for Change.
With support, encouragement, and accountability from someone who believes in us, we can do far more than we’d ever accomplish alone. A coach helps you stay on track, overcome obstacles, and convert your “want-to’s” into concrete steps that are put into your schedule.

4. Coaching is Continuous Leadership Development.
Coaches don’t give solutions; they help you solve your own problems. Coaching is helping you learn instead of telling you what to do. By leveraging every situation to build your capacity as a leader and a person, coaching prepares you to conquer much bigger challenges in the future.

(Source: "What is Coaching?" Dr. Joseph Umidi, Lifeforming Leadership Coaching)
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Why does society need Life Coaches? Because, though there is an abundance of different resources and philosophies, mere information and knowledge, in and of themselves, do not transform lives. Life transformation requires human interaction.
 
A Life Coach studies people - how different personalities think, how skills develop, what drives people and makes them passionate, and what makes a great life. A Christian Life Coach studies the ways God calls people, uses life experience to develop character, and the different ways God speaks to us. The more a Christian Life Coach knows about people and how God interacts with them, the more valuable a self-discovery expert they are.
— Tony Stoltzfus
 

The following is a condensed version of my life story and what inspired me to take the journey in becoming a Life (and eventually a Language) Coach. The page below is found in the Life Coaching Workbook that I helped edit (written by Dr. James Graham, President of International Gospel Outreach Missions School and certified Master Coach of Lifeforming Leadership Institution accredited by the ICF), and use with each client.

If you would like more information or want to schedule a free consultation, please fill out the following form and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Anthony J. Cummings

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