One of the first questions I am typically asked about coaching is, “What is life coaching?” Followed by, “Is it the same as counseling?”
On my Counseling page I introduce the differences by using a helpful analogy: Counseling is like Archaeology. Coaching is like Architecture.
The most effective and productive way to build something for short-term satisfaction or lifelong legacy is to start from a stable foundation. Coaching may be a good fit for those who are not in severe emotional pain, dealing with gripping effects of trauma, or in an overwhelming state of mind or circumstances better addressed by counseling.
I liken life coaching to the process an architect engages when starting a new project. Organization is key to the process in that it ensures goals and objectives are reached in order of priority.
- In coaching, the highest or most compelling priorities are addressed first. Why are you engaging a coach? You’ll be asked to articulate as best you can what is prompting your desire for coaching.
- The structural design is considered. What are your Values? Desires? Strengths? Non-negotiables? What gives your life purpose and makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? Do you know?
- The largest design solutions are arrived at first. What do you want to accomplish or move toward? What do you envision as your goal? How might you define and choose between options?
- The larger issues and ideas inform the details that follow. We roll up our sleeves. READY: you determine specific steps. SET: timelines and ‘by when’ dates are projected. GO: action is engaged.
- You’ve entered the construction zone. It’s time for embracing your design for redemptive living!
Architects know that without following such an approach, “the resulting building is just a random collection of unrelated decisions.” ~ Robert T. Coolidge, AIA
I agree with Mr. Coolidge’s statement from both a practical and redemptive worldview. God has not designed you to be or live life as a random collection of unrelated decisions. A God of order and design, He thoughtfully created you – even preparing ahead for your effective, needful contribution in the world according to your design!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NASB
With my transition to a larger focus on spiritual growth and development, the traditional life coaching I’ve utilized will expand to include greater attention to and time spent working with the seven redemptive gifts. Sessions will also incorporate defining practical steps and the role of accountability.
Vital to redemptive living is identifying what makes you tick and how that looks in keeping with God’s unique design of you. The beauty is – when you are living and working from your design, the kingdom of God is enriched as well. And that, my friend, is a recipe for redemptive living at its best!
To benefit in a coaching relationship geared toward unpacking and building from your God-given design,
~ on Sabbatical year beginning April 1, 2021 ~
I will be unavailable to provide coaching services. Thank you.