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The Life Coach Therapy

The Situation

Many people who get stressed seek the professional help of psychiatrists, consult with psychologists, and depend on medication prescribed and handed upon payment by pharmacists. It becomes a trend in very busy people, either emotionally, physically, spiritually, or mentally.

A successful psychiatrist will cost several hundred to thousands of dollars throughout the program, and will actually be stressful enough on the budget. Those who are well off and can afford this type of help are fortunate compared to those who are conscious of their budget. Life coach methods are not utilized in this manner.

The bad side of professional help in this manner is that it is not deep enough to leave a lasting effect that could enable the individual to actually help himself and be independent.

This may temporarily help alleviate the causing stress for the individual and resume work or chores, but sooner or later stress would build up again and soon, he is back into the psychiatrist’s office, propped on the sofa, and cashing out hundreds of dollars again.

The Approach

The life coach therapy is more than just guiding the individual to self realization and acceptance. Life coach by profession is more of a guidance counselor, seeing to it that the problems causing the stress to an individual is not only handled properly, but looked upon as a positive sign that these problems are and will always be present, and that the individual’s responsibility for better stress management is to include the problems into daily routine.

This life coach therapy is a co-active approach wherein the one helping is also immersed in the situation as if he was actually part of it. This is needed to understand the level of healing a troubled person needs for recovery. Instead of just being a spectator to the events of the individual, a life coach would actually inculcate the way the same overstress trouble the client.

The Cheerleader

A life coach is a cheerleader in a way that he is there to initially place the client in a positive mood in preparation for a more positive outlook throughout the conversation. Proper communication techniques are employed wherein the life coach allows the client to speak out freely of his woes and troubles and concerns.

A life coach in this manner becomes your morale booster in the initial phase of the healing process of the person in trouble. A life coach has the responsibility to initially maintain the little morale that is left in the person in need.

The Big Difference

This may be so much similar with psychiatrists and psychologists but a life coach goes beyond just a client – doctor relationship. It becomes more of a friend – friend relationship, with the life coach following up on the status of the troubled individual, offering philosophical advice rather than diagnosing the problem of the individual.

This manner helps the individual feel less like a robot just waiting for repair parts to be given, and make them feel more of a human being, being cared for and being given concern.

Rather than direct scientific approaches are administered to them by psychiatric and similar methods, a more personal and social approach of life coach techniques are instead identified.

There is a broad range of life coaching techniques, from personal to business type of coaching. Whatever the objective a person in need has, different approaches may be utilized. It is similar to having a best friend guarding and supporting your back whenever you feel down and hopeless.

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Spotting A Qualified Life Coach

The problem with people nowadays is that they do not have a goal in life. This is true not just for the younger generation, but is also true for the older ones. Fortunately, there are now people whose job is to help people determine their goals in life and aid them in achieving those goals.

These people are called life coaches. But with a lot of people calling themselves life coaches, how do you spot a qualified life coach who could truly and effectively help you?

What is a Life Coach?

The first step in spotting a qualified life coach is knowing what a life coach really is. The job description of a life coach is someone who aims to help people determine their goals as well as achieve them. A life coach practices life coaching which uses techniques developed in executive coaching.

A life coach uses several different methods and techniques to aid people. These techniques were developed from leadership training as well as from management consulting.

Common Misconceptions About Life Coaching

People have several misconceptions about life coaching. There are those who think that life coaching is synonymous to therapy or consultation. But life coaching is neither of those things. It is not targeted to treat anyone with mental or psychological illnesses. It is all about coaching (as its name implies). As coaches, they train and guide people about being goal oriented.

But these misconceptions though can credited to the different inspirations of life coaching. The practice of life coaching, as well as its principles, is rooted to different disciplines. These include the disciplines of psychology, sociology, career counseling, positive adult development, and mentoring.

Qualified Life Coach

Now that you have an idea of what a life coach is and what it is not, you already have the basics of spotting what a qualified life coach is. He or she is someone who aims to help people with their goals and he or she is not a therapist nor somebody who treats a person with mental and psychological illnesses. But these are just the basics and will not suffice in determining whether a person is truly a qualified life coach.

Life coaching has no official regulatory standards and no governed training or education thus anybody can call themselves life coaches. The lack of these standards would also mean that no certificate can prove that they truly are qualified life coaches. This also means that no life coach training will give a person any standardized certification. So what do you do?

There are two ways to go about this. First is by word of mouth and the other is training experience. Word of mouth means that a lot of people are saying good things about that certain life coach and they are eager to recommend his or her services to other people. They will also be the persons who can tell you about the effectiveness of that life coach.

Another determinant of a qualified life coach is training experience. This is different from an “unstable life coach certificate.” You should remember that life coaching uses methods like values assessment, mentoring, behavior modeling, behavior modification, goal setting and other techniques.

Since these are the tools of his or her trade, a life coach should have training in at least one of these fields.

Last but not the least a qualified life coach is someone who you can easily communicate with. Even if a life coach possesses everything stated above but if you do not “click” with each other, then that certain person is “not” qualified for you. This though is speaking from a subjective point of view.

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BUSHIDO

Bushido Life Coaching

Life coaching is a relatively new method of teaching people and helping them achieve their goals. Some use it for business while some use it for personal gains. Nevertheless, the endless pursuit of human achievement and contentment has proven a very important thing to ponder.

Man has ever been in constant inquiry of what to do in life, finding a reason of existence and using words of wisdom to live by. Sages and wise men have sprung from the center of civilization, imparting declarations of thoughts for other men to inculcate in their way of living.

One of these wise men is Takeda Shingen, a well known samurai of the mid 16th century. He focused on the mere existence of a human being as a thinking being. In one of his famous lines, he said “Intelligence is the flower of discrimination. There are many examples of the flower blooming but not bearing fruit.”

This gives rise to a concept reaching beyond mere intelligence of man just being able to think clearly and do the right responses in adherence to society. The intelligence he speaks of is a proactive intelligence, a type of intelligence in which humans are able to go the extra mile in using his mind. This is the kind of intelligence wherein man is capable of applying his knowledge and having that imparted thought bear fruit.

Man here is tasked to have an objective of being productive. Many people think well and think fast and straight, but many fall short of thinking why he is thinking over something. Had it been that people use their minds and help others think better as well, then it becomes quite different. There is now a co-active coaching done and that both help the helper and the beneficiary in terms of learning from each other.

The Modern Samurai

Whenever someone thinks of a samurai, one can not help but conjure a thought of lightweight armors, sword fighting, and honor system, all of which is in preparation of the upcoming battle. The enemies are always present to bother and pester, but the thought of being prepared for battle and meditating that each day is a day to die makes the samurai a strong person emotionally and spiritually.

Modern times include all the people from all walks of life, living in this contemporary setting where almost everything is automated and makes manual labor almost non-existent. Because of this, the people are pitted to use their minds in order to survive this competitive world where even friends have the tendency to out learn and out-mode other friends.

A modern man who thinks that he should only interact and complement the society’s demands definitely needs proper intelligence to communicate. That man may have thought of the right idea, but the real question now lies as to how they would implement it in their lives and to be good sharers as well.

Like a samurai who is a servant to his master. He is guided by his principles to maintain his honor. The modern samurai is a person living amidst technology, serving his own type of master: himself. Without application of his intellect, he will still be able to serve others but will not be able to find any meaning to his existence and why he is doing something for others.

He should first learn how to serve himself to know that the self has been taught. How can someone coach others if he cannot learn to coach himself first? That is the way of the modern samurai – learning to teach the self to be aware what to teach others. That is bushido life coaching.

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