Life Coaching and Beyond
I heard the term professional life coach about 12 years ago. I didn’t think then “Oh, that’s what I am”. It was a regular day at the Mars Venus Institute where my husband and I ran this workshop training company owned by John Gray, when we got a call from Laura Whitworth from the Coaches Training Institute . She wanted to speak to John Gray about adding relationship training to their curriculum.
Subsequently I heard “life coach” from a friend who had recently begun working with a spiritual life coach. I was verbally ruminating about what I was going to do next in my life when she said, “You should become a life coach. It’s what you do anyway!” That is when life coaching and beyond all started.
What I Talk to My Coach About
I like to talk to a life coach when I’m stuck – when I can’t get on my magic carpet and look at my life from a larger perspective – when I am finding my mind and my behavior not in line with how I want my life to go.
Example : I had some big issues going on in the lives of my son and grandson. Important biggies. Now I know that attention on the picky little negative details is not how to create the positive outcomes that I want. But sometimes my mind gets stuck and keeps going there just like my tongue goes to where a tooth is missing. So, I want my life coach to remind me what happens when I do that. In other words, my life coach helps me reframe my situation to a more positive, life-affirming and empowered viewpoint. So I can go from life coaching and beyond.
Example : sometimes current situations trigger childhood unresolved issues particularly when I am working with someone who is resolving parental issues. Any perceived rejection or abandonment on their part can easily send me into a tizzy. Then I want help and assignments to help me get back to center.