Help students in their personal and educational development.
Sometimes, life’s like a really big kitchen with really tall cabinets: When you need something from the top shelf, you can’t always reach it. That’s when you break out the stepstool. A Life Coach is like that stepstool. When people can’t reach the proverbial top shelf, they hire a Life Coach to give them a boost.
When you’re a Life Coach, the top shelf is people’s personal and professional goals, while the boost is motivation, inspiration, structure, and support. Your clients might want to find new jobs, for instance, or learn new skills. They might want to stop smoking, lose weight, or write the great American novel. They might want to make new friends, meet new lovers, or build self-esteem.
Whatever it is, they want to improve their lives, but don’t know how. You give them the tools they need to succeed by meeting with them, setting goals, creating game plans, and, ultimately, making them accountable for their achievements and failures.
Because you help people alter their thinking and change their behaviors, you’re kind of like a Therapist. The key difference, however, is this: Therapists typically help people overcome issues from the past, and often help patients deal with mental illnesses or emotional disorders. You, on the other hand, are future-focused, helping people effect positive changes rather than overcome negative dysfunctions. It’s a fine but important distinction.