“An empowered life begins with serious personal questions about oneself. Those answers bare the seeds of success.”
– Steve Maraboli, “Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience”
Entering into a change relationship with a life coach (read: mentor, educator, teacher) is smart because you already know what you want, you no longer feel a need to go down “memory lane” with family demons of the past, and you have specific goals you want to accomplish. Hiring a Life Coach from I Choose Change also means you get a licensed counselor from a credentialed University have a minimum of a Master’s Degree, incredibly high standards, and many years of theoretical, philosophical and psychological knowledge to back up their coaching practice.
A Counselor is a Life Coach with in-depth training. But a Life Coach can never be Counselor. Not without a higher education, proper training and proper license to practice. When you hire a Coach at I Choose Change, you are getting someone with many years experience to take you deeper with your goals. Our coaching clients will learn core principles of the change process, including:
How thoughts, emotions, and actions are connected
Why subconscious thoughts drive behavior
- The role intuition and mindfulness play in change
- The unique connection between mind, body and spirit
- How homework and journal exercises between sessions make change happen more swiftly
- How meditation, self-talk, role-playing, role rehearsal can aide the change process
- How to recognize destructive thoughts that keep you stuck
- How to set realistic goals and take action on them
- Develop a support group meant to hold you accountable during your change process
- How to push yourself out of your comfort zone at work, at home, and in social settings
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
All suffering and discomfort is self-generated. Individuals are responsible for their own actions and have the ability to control their own thoughts, feelings, and actions, thereby creating less discomfort and suffering. – Epictetus
Coaching and counseling can look very similar. The main difference is that some clients have a diagnosable disorder such as Major Depressive Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder or addictions that need to be delved into a bit more deeply. However, the result is often very similar: Behavioral changes are made.
If you can answer “Yes” to the below questions, you might be a good candidate for coaching:
- My life runs fine most of the time, but I could use a mentor to help push me out of my comfort zone now and again.
- I’d like to re-examine my thoughts, feelings and actions to see if they need to be changed.
- I need to set new goals in my personal or professional life, and I need to run some ideas by someone experienced in problem-solving and goal-setting.
- I like my life, but sometimes it could use a little “tweeking” and I’m not sure how to do that on my own.
- It would be nice to have someone to keep me accountable.
- I’d really like to become a better version of who I am now.