What is life coaching?

I first heard the term “life coach” in 2005. One of my then-colleague’s wife was a life coach. While I intuitively understood what it meant, I wasn’t exactly sure how someone could be coached in life. How can someone know life enough to coach another human in it?

17 years later, I enrolled in a course to become a life coach myself.

So, what is life coaching, and why you may want to consider getting coached?

Definition of life

The capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change.

Definition of coaching

A method of training, counselling or instructing an individual or a group on developing skills to enhance their productivity or overcome a performance problem.

So what is life coaching?

In essence, life coaching is the process of helping an individual or a group to develop the skills they need for continual change and growth.

Here’s another definition I found online.

What is the purpose of coaching?

The main purpose of coaching is to maximize performance by helping a client reach their peak potential. The main purpose of coaching involves developing leadership, creating self-discipline, building a self-belief system, creating motivation, and improving self-awareness. This refers to any type of coaching.

In 2012, life coaching was added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary*

Definition of life coach

an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems

What is the difference between life coaching and therapy?

“A key differentiator for the industry is that coaching is seen as an “action plan” rather than an exploratory process.

At the heart of coaching is a creative and thought-provoking process that supports individuals to confidently pursue new ideas and alternative solutions with greater resilience in the face of growing complexity and uncertainty.”


A life coach is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives.

From Google answers

A Life Coach is a professional who works with clients to help them achieve their goals by providing guidance and support in various areas, including goal-setting for future plans.

From Google answers

In conclusion.

So why you may want to consider life coaching? Is that because the life coach has all the answers? Is it because the life coach is so wise to share her life experience with others?

Of course, not.

That’s because some smart and determined individuals who have come before have studied the topic of humans and have identified some distinct commonalities in human behaviour. I am sorry to tell you that while you are uniquely made, your problems and how you show up in the world are not that unique at all. I know, shocking, right?

So, what is coaching, and why you may want to consider it? Simply because life coaching is an accessible way to develop the skills you need to be a better human (the one who is constantly growing and evolving).

Are you looking to be a better human? Are you looking to be a better parent, a better partner, or a better professional? Do you want to live a life that is full and purposeful? Do you want to stop doubting that you’ve done enough and start living and enjoying your life more? If yes, I would love to coach you.

Contact me to book a free exploration life coaching call with me. 

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