Why has coaching become such an important part of our modern society? We could probably gather that the fast pace, the hectic schedules and vast opportunities to choose from, and dare I say, destiny, have brought us to this moment.
Maybe necessity is the mother of invention?
Consider this for a moment. Is it possible that life coaching actually teaches a lost art? Maybe. I would submit that life coaching gives our society back something that has indeed, been left behind. That would be the skill of critical thinking.
Clear, Rational, Open-minded, Informed
So, what is critical thinking?
Critical thinking is disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.1 If we are not thinking like this we get something like the following mindset:
"I'm the worst person ever. I can't do anything right. I'm not smart enough. No matter what I do it always goes wrong. I don't know why, I just know it's not working!"
Have you ever stopped for second and the question hit you, "where am I going in life?" If it hasn't it most certainly will at some point. We are made for a purpose and one of the most frustrating puzzles we'll ever solve is discovering where we were meant to go in life.
Making that discovery has become the great mystery of life for many people. Opportunities abound. Career fields are being created daily. There are more college programs, institutes, universities, certification, and... well you get the idea. You get it because you are living it. So where does one start... or should I say... "restart discovering my destination?"
It's Easy, It's Fun, It's Important
How one will discover their purpose will vary from person to person. Yet, it's never going to happen if you don't spend time thinking about it. Worrying about it doesn't count! Design a few peaceful moments throughout the week and guard that time. Allow no exceptions.
When you need to make a change in your behavior, we all know it's not easy. If it was easy, we would all be thin, strong, flexible, wealthy, effective and contributing to society in amazing ways. We would be on time, with the oil changed regularly, no leaky faucets, no missed appointments and doing it all with a peaceful demeanor.
Life Coaches are expert at helping facilitate meaningful change in those who are fed up with less in their life. We want you to have the best ideas for both "the what and the how" of that change. We want as many options on the table to position our clients to make great decisions and help them discover powerful reasons for making that change.
So a Life Coach, isn't going to come out of the chute and ask, "what do want?" and immediately answer, "then do that!" If it was that obvious, we would have all the stuff previously mentioned down pat. We certainly wouldn't need a coach either.