Life coaching has come to Life University
Success is not a one-person job. We all need help in life, and smart people know when to ask for help.
Sometimes though it’s easy to think that we can do it all ourselves, because we’ve struggled through challenges before. Yet why struggle? There’s nothing noble in stressing yourself out when you can ask for help and make life a little easier.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with demands from school work, employment, and family time. Having an objective supporter to cheer us on, who helps us to simplify life, and create the success we’re working hard to achieve is a God-send. That supporter is a life coach.
Dr. Cherry Collier, a successful, practicing life coach, has developed a first-class life coaching program for Life University students. Last quarter, the first students graduated, ready and eager to help others with their new skills.
What is coaching?
A life coach is different from a consultant, mentor, counselor, or therapist. Coaching is a process that helps people to find solutions to their challenges. To make this happen, a life coach uses powerful questions and other change techniques. A life coach knows how to listen to others, and uses intuition to allow the conversation to flow in the direction of what will bring the client or patient success. For those of you who are more scientifically-minded, read the book Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People For Change, by William Miller Ph. D, and Stephen Rollnick Ph.D if you want to understand how powerful questioning gets results.
Compared with a life coach, a consultant tells you what to do, kind of like a sports coach or physician does. Coaching, however, is different from consulting. A life coach helps to motivate instead of removing personal power by telling people what to do. In other words, coaching enables people to find their own solutions. Motivational research also shows that when people have the autonomy to make a free choice, their willingness to act is boosted. So how is coaching useful to health, exercise, and business professionals?
As chiropractors, nutritionists, and sports and fitness coaches, we encourage our clients and patients to practice self-care between office visits and training sessions. We do this because it produces better results.
Acting like a consultant and telling patients, clients, and athletes what to do is less empowering and robs them of the will to act; the chances of them following through are reduced, which negatively affects the results they achieve. We don’t help people to achieve their best when we tell them what to do.
Coaching increases income
When our livelihood is dependent on getting excellent results for people, it pays to help clients find their own motivation to take care of themselves by using a coaching approach. In a nutshell, coaching teaches you how to speak with clients to encourage them to motivate themselves to engage in self care between sessions.
Coaching is also helpful outside of the health profession. Business majors also need to know coaching skills. High employee turn-over and employee performance problems are consistently resolved by coaching staff members instead of telling them what to do. Even though coaching is a separate program from the other majors offered at Life University, practicing coaching skills with patients, clients, and colleagues is integral to their success and yours.
Some of the key reasons that patients sue medical practitioners nowadays is because doctors use poor communication skills following a medical error. Taking the life coaching associates degree or certificate program is effective insurance against the hassle of malpractice lawsuits if you’re a chiropractor, or biopsychology major looking to go to medical school or become a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Life coaches are not therapists
Mental health professionals such as counselors and therapists focus on a person’s past as well as their emotional life. In contrast, life coaches focus on the now and the future because the now is where we all need to live if we want to achieve future success. Life coaching is positively focused and doesn’t require clients to recall their life story in order to create success. Saying that, life coaches don’t necessarily ignore emotions or their impact.
People often start coaching because they’re experiencing excessive levels of mental and emotional tension which they can’t cope with. Coaches help to make clients’ lives easier by focusing the conversation on the challenges which elicit the most tension. This approach enables the client to verbally explores the challenge and the solutions, clearing the way for future action and success. A coach considers their clients as creative, resourceful, and whole; their clients are not broken, don’t need to be fixed, and are 100 per cent responsible for their actions and their own life.
Viewing the patient this way frees the coach from being in an analytical or problem-solving mindset. They can be there right in the moment with the client, listening out for the verbal and behavioral cues the client offers. Observing and acting on these cues helps the coach to keep the conversation flowing. Somewhere in that flow, the clients finds their way to resolve their challenge by coming up with an appropriate goal they can take away and put into action.
Coaching is not just for executives
Even though the business world has embraced coaching for the past two decades, budding CEOs and busy students need coaching too. If your graduation is coming up and you need a coach to be accountable to as you plan your new chiropractic business, contact Dr. Cherry Collier (email: email@example.com) to be put in contact with one of the pool of excellent life coaches here at Life.
If you’re a parent who is juggling school, work, and family commitments, it’s also easy to feel overwhelmed and in need of support. A life coach can assist you in streamlining your life, making it more simple and manageable, and show you how to feel in control of your life again. Contact Dr. Collier to find a coach. If you are interested in learning more about Life Coaching there is a Life Coaching Drop-In on November 9th, 16th, 30th in Annex B, room 114 from 5-6pm.
Life coaching is an exciting and highly practical program here at Life University which gives students skills that improve client retention and success. If you’re a student who needs the support of a life coach then contact Dr. Collier to find a coach.