[spoiler title=”1. What is life coaching?” open=”0″ style=”1″]If we’re honest with ourselves, we could all improve an area or two in our lives. But why don’t we do anything about it? Most people know what they should do, but they don’t do what they know. But if you keep doing what you’ve always done you’ll keep getting what you’ve always been getting. Something has to change.
Life coaching involves a coach (like me) coming alongside you as a catalyst for the transformation you desire. My coaching focuses first on clearly identifying your calling, that is, discovering (or rediscovering) and understanding who you are. Next, I help you identify and clarify what you want most—your goals and vision. Finally, I help you to create and develop strategies for achieving your goals.
When a sports coach helps motivate, discipline, and train her players for successful performance and perseverance to the finale of the game, you can see the results on the playing field. A life coach helps people successfully navigate the race of life, to live it well and plan to finish it well. YOU have to put in the work, but the end goal of a coach is to help you identify and achieve your goals faster and more effectively than if you did it yourself.
Life coaching helps a person see obstacles as opportunities, adjusting self-defeating thought patterns, and replace them with positive beliefs. Life coaching is focused on forward movement—after envisioning the life you want, it involves planning the life you desire and tailoring the work you’re doing for income to that life.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”2. How is life coaching different from counseling?” open=”0″ style=”1″]First let me say that both have important roles to play. Both are extremely valuable parts of the transformation process. If counseling is needed first, it may be recommended after our pre-coaching consultation.
Counseling is empathic listening, focusing on past events, and gaining an understanding of why client you are where you are today. Counselors search for the roots of problems, helping release negative, damaging thoughts and emotions, and moving a person from unhealthy state of being to a healthy one. It helps you to process emotions and thoughts and see patterns that are preventing you from moving forward.
Coaching is active listening, focusing on where you want to be. Coaches may still look at understanding the past, but the clear emphasis is on where an individual is going. The client is the initiator of the direction. Coaching is more of a partnership with the client in a process that assists you in maximizing skills, talents, and gifts already there, but perhaps numbed by the realities of life. Coaches listen, observe, and shape the process for the individual.
Coaches ask, “Where are you now? Where do you want to be? How are you going to get there?”[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”3. What makes ”Christian Life Coaching” different?” open=”0″ style=”1″]There are many differences but the primary one is the underlying foundation. Secular coaching is humanistic and relies on the client’s self-imposed goals. It’s all about what’s in you and doing something for yourself, to make you happy. Christian coaching is Christ-centered. Within Christian coaching, there is a three-way relationship between client, coach and Holy Spirit. Secular coaching involves a two-way relationship between coach and client.
As done through Leaving Conformity Coaching, Christian Life Coaching is rooted and grounded in Scripture (I spent almost 9 hours doing word studies just to make sure the name didn’t violate the context of the verses I am using), and I seek to help you find your calling, set goals, etc. for the purpose of being a faithful steward of the gifts God has given you, glorifying Him, and serving others. Happiness is a by-product of the process, but it is not our purpose.
Christian coaching is a process that empowers you to fully live out God’s calling in your personal life and in your job. It’s learning new ways to learn, listening to your heart and the Holy Spirit, and taking action to reshape your life around that learning and leading.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”4. What does a Life Coach do?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Rather than telling you the answers, a Life Coach is the catalyst for getting you to find the answers yourself. By asking challenging and thought provoking questions, a Life Coach can unlock the potential that God has placed in you.
Coaching is forward-looking and focused on the action you are willing to take to get what you want out of life. Sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees! You so are wrapped up in everyday life that it just passes you by! Coaching enables you to see different alternatives and to take a step back and actually examine your life and all of its component parts.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”5. What type of life coaching does Leaving Conformity Coaching offer?” open=”0″ style=”1″]I offer Christian-focused “Personal Development” coaching, sometime called “Transformational” coaching. This involves helping people navigate transitions in their life and/or career, or move out of a place of complacency and stagnation into a new and exciting future. In all cases, the focus on identity and calling are the core of Leaving Conformity Coaching. [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”6. Where does the coaching take place?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Primarily by phone or on Skype. We can do it in person if you prefer, and live in the Orange County area (near Disneyland). [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”7. What can I expect from our coaching sessions?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Each session is about you! In the first few weeks there are certain foundational tools we will use and steps we will take to position you properly. After that, it’s up to you! Our direction and focus will be decided by what we’ve learned so far and what you choose to do with it. You set the agenda and determine what you want to take away from it. I will give you “homework” most weeks that will challenge you and help you to move forward. I recommend that you complete each one and email it back to me at least 24 hours before our next session so that I have time to review it before we talk. Also, I encourage you to e-mail me what you’ve achieved during the week. We celebrate your “wins” together! [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”8. How much does life coaching cost?” open=”0″ style=”1″]That depends on the package you choose after the free consultation. Paying for services tailored to each individual is a better solution than charging hourly rates and is focused on results achieved, not just time spent. All materials are included in the total cost of the package, and optional extras may be purchased. [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”9. What payment methods are available?” open=”0″ style=”1″]I accept credit/debit cards, checks, and PayPal. [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”10. How do I get started?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Click on the “Contact” link on this website, fill out the short information form and submit it, or fill out the “Pre-Coaching Questionnaire” and submit it. You will be contacted by Randy Crane, generally within one business day.[/spoiler]