Making the decision to take the first step towards living the life you want, can be pretty daunting. To help you get all of the information you need to decide whether personal life coaching is for you, here are some frequently asked questions and answers. If your question isn’t here, don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will get back to you with the answer straight away.
- What is personal life coaching?
Personal life coaching is the process of facilitating positive change in order to maximise personal potential. We focus on where you are now, where you want to be and what you will do to get there, rather than on analysing the past. By setting goals and developing strategies, coaching will help you to define solutions and to take the committed action required to reach your goals.
- How can personal life coaching help me?
Coaching can help you in a number of ways, with some of the common themes including:
- Greater awareness – a coach can see things that you may not be able to see, such as patterns, behaviours or habits, and help you to recognise them
- New ways of thinking and doing things – if your current approach is not helping you to reach your goal, a coach can help you find new ways of thinking and doing things that will result in different outcomes – changing the variables that you can to help you achieve the results you want
- The confidence to think big – a coach is a facilitator, a resource and an ongoing support for you throughout the coaching engagement. They encourage you to go for the big goals, help you define how you will achieve them and are your support along the way
- Sustaining change – change can often be difficult. Through coaching, you become accountable to the actions you commit to in each session, supporting you in not only making, but sustaining change.
- What kind of things can coaching help me with?
Coaching can help you achieve a broad range of goals across a diverse number of areas. This can include career development, career change, changing habits, leadership, business start-up, increasing confidence, achieving work/life balance, improving communication and much more.
- What is the coach’s role?
I believe that people have vast amounts of untapped potential. As a coach, my role is to help you realise your potential and improve your performance. Through a structured program, I work with you to achieve insights, define your goals and map out the journey that will get you to your desired outcome. I am committed to helping you see what’s possible, to living up to your full potential, and to being the best you can be.
- What coaching approach do you use?
I use the Results Coaching methodology, which has contemporary neuroscience at its heart, using insights into how the brain works to get the best results from coaching. There are five guiding principles that I use in my approach –
- Solution focussed: Rather than focussing on problems we will set our sights on where you want to be and will systematically work towards that end, all the time focussed on solutions.
- Self-directed learning: Because no two brains are alike we all learn better when we find our own answers. I will guide you to make your ideas clearer, find relationships between concepts, prioritise thoughts and hopefully have those all-important ‘aha’ moments.
- Positive feedback: We will spend time focussing on your learning, development, strengths and growth, giving up our basic human desire to simply find behaviours to fix.
- Stretch: People work best when they are challenged and stretched – we tend to grow faster when someone is stretching us, than we would doing something on our own. That means that, together, we will work to stretch you outside of your normal comfort zone to achieve bigger and better goals.
- Structure: My coaching is delivered within a structured framework, working with a series of coaching sessions, establishing clear and specific goals, and running the coaching sessions according to a clear framework.
- Do I need to come to coaching with clearly defined goals?
Absolutely not. Whilst you may have some idea of the types of areas you would like to focus on, you do not need to come to your first session with any pre-set goals or objectives. The goal setting process in session one is very thorough and will support you in looking at all the areas that are important to you before establishing goals.
- What can I expect in my first coaching session?
In your first coaching session I will talk you through the coaching process and will give you the opportunity to raise any questions that you may have.
We then spend the majority of the session working towards the definition of your primary goals. By putting time and focus into your goals upfront, we ensure that the coaching process is solution focussed and that you have a motivating force to work towards.
- Is coaching confidential?
All materials and discussions covered during the coaching engagement are between the client and the coach and remain confidential.
- How much does coaching cost?
The coaching program will be tailored to your specific needs, so please get in touch to for a personalised costing.
- How do I know I’ll get results?
I have built up a solid track record of success with the many people I have helped to achieve their individual, career and business goals. My methodology is proven and is supported by my extensive experience, qualifications and International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials. Please refer to my unedited client testimonials to hear what they have experienced.
- What kind of commitment is required from me to undertake personal life coaching?
Having a coach does require a commitment from you. Your success will depend on you committing the time, energy and effort required to achieve your goals. There will be actions to be completed between sessions and we will be following up on these actions regularly. The good news is that most people find the times they have a coach to be incredibly rewarding and get fantastic results.
- How is coaching different from counselling and psychotherapy?
Coaching is about forward momentum and helping people to achieve their goals. The focus of coaching is on creating and maintaining motivation for change; exploring and overcoming obstacles; and taking action to reach goals.
Counselling is about the present and the past, with a focus on helping people to address and resolve deeper emotional issues.
- What locations do you work in?
I coach in my consulting rooms on Elizabeth Street in Sydney’s CBD, and am also available at other locations throughout Sydney. In addition I work with clients from varied locations over Skype or the telephone.
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