- A coach is an individual who has the tools, focus, wisdom, intent, and knowledge to elicit a client’s values, goals, and beliefs and then is able to create a plan of action and strategies for success toward a defined outcome or result.
- A coach is someone who is able to remain focused on the client’s outcome without becoming attached to it personally and by maintaining the flexibility required to be an exquisite guide.
- Being an excellent Certified Life Strategies Coach requires knowledge, compassion, personal congruency, awareness of states of being and strategies of thinking and behaving, plus the ability to present multiple perspectives of a situation from a place of calm support.
- A coach is a model for success in his/her own life and how he/she lives it. For a coaching client relationship to be effective, the coach must be consistent and trustworthy. This can only be achieved by creating rapport and by demonstrating respect and honesty.
What is Life Coaching?
Life Coaching is the process of assessing existing thoughts, observing behavioral and linguistic patterns, setting specific goals, and discerning hidden saboteurs.
Effective life coaching is supportive of the client in making a plan of action and then guiding the client in how to follow the plan to reach the desired outcomes. It is also most effective when the Coach is able to create such deep respect and rapport that the client feels comfortable, and most of all safe, to move from their “stuck” place to one of success.
Spencer Institute Certified Life Strategies Coaches are trained to listen to their clients’ words, observe their actions, and to become aware of the way their client currently interprets the world around them.
To be intelligent is to have fine distinctions about a topic or field. The finer the distinctions, the more wisdom or perception is available for both the coach and the client to draw from.
The Certified Life Strategies Coach program will teach the coach and other leaders these fine distinctions about human behavior. By identifying limiting strategic filters and beliefs through keen assessment of verbal and non-verbal patterns, the Spencer Institute Coach elicits solutions and facilitates resolution of conflicts.
Certified Life Strategies Coaches approach their clients with the understanding that there is a positive intention behind every behavior, and that there is no such thing as failure – there is only feedback.
The ability to identify and interpret this feedback is just one of the many ways Spencer Institute Coaches find what is blocking a person from their goals or desired outcomes. Together, the coach and client create a feed-forward plan of action to achieve goals and to overcome challenges.
Believing that people already have abundant resources within themselves, Spencer Institute Certified Life Strategies Coaches act as detectives to identify the strategies that are already successful in other contexts of a person’s life and to tease out hidden saboteurs that may be keeping their client from achieving their goals.
The Coach can then guide their client in discovering how to apply successful strategies as a way of overcoming identified saboteurs. By sharing communication tools and strategies for success, this method of coaching builds a relationship with the client that shapes the client’s ability to make better and finer distinctions leading to solid decisions and life choices.
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