Life Coaching

Welcome! Thanks for dropping by to learn more about life coaching and how I might help you in your desire to live life forward.

One of the first questions I am typically asked is, “What is life coaching?” Followed by, “Is it the same as counseling?”

I am so glad you asked! On my Counseling page I introduce the differences by using a helpful analogy:

Counseling is like archaeology. Life 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. Therefore, I often suggest that life coaching is 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?
  • 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?
  • 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. S.M.A.R.T. goals are fleshed out. Specific steps are determined. Timelines and ‘by when’ dates are projected.
  • The construction phase is entered into. Let the living life forward process begin!

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 Christian 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

Our coaching will at times focus on analytical left-brain reasoning and defining practical steps. A key part of moving forward means you must know for what you are aiming!

As a faith-based Life Coach, I find that addressing the spiritual elements of the emotional/feeling right brain is equally vital to living life forward with hope and fulfillment. What a gift God has given to explore and discover ~ the unique gift of you.

If coaching interests you, I encourage you to take a moment to evaluate your answers to the statements on my Readiness for Life Coaching Self-Assessment quiz.

I look forward to hearing from you and exploring how together, with the Holy Spirit, I might help you live life forward.

More information and details about coaching packages can be obtained by viewing my Shammah Ministries Life Coaching Brochure

Blessings ~ Nancy Bentz

Life Coaching is offered by appointment only. A complimentary 20-minute call may be scheduled to help determine our coaching compatibility.

In-person sessions may be scheduled for those living in or traveling to Spokane, WA from surrounding locales. Long distance clients may be coached by phone and/or Skype if connectivity allows. Applicable long distance charges will be the client’s responsibility.

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