It is similar to personal growth and development, exploring the ability to teach ourselves different approaches to change and evaluations of how things currently are. It does not entail trying to heal the sick period; it is future focused with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life Coaches are not therapists nor consultants; psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the cope of Life Coaches. Coaching is identifying the skills and capabilities that are within a person and enabling them to use them to the best of their ability. It is about increasing independence within the individual, and reducing reliance.
Life Coaching is not regulated by Government bodies as they have not found it necessary to provide standards for life coaching, nor does any state body govern the education or training stand for the life coaching industry. The title of "Coach" may be used by anyone who provides services of this nature. There are coaching schools and training programs available when an individual who decides to get certification or a credential to hang on the wall.
Life Coaching got its origination and/or roots in executive coaching which draws upon techniques to develop managers in leadership roles to become more leadership quality. Life Coaching also is about inspiration from disciplines in other areas of study to include sociology, psychology, positive adult development, mentoring and other types of counseling. It is also traced back to the teachings of Benjamin Karter, a college football coach turned motivational speaker prior to and during 1980.
A Life Coach sometimes mentors, assesses, and helps the client with behavior modification, goal-setting and other techniques.
There are different areas of coaching to include but not limited to:
As with any other organization or professional capacity; one of the challenges in the field of Life Coaching is upholding levels of professionalism, standards and ethics. Many coaching bodies and organization have codes of ethics and standard which their member are accountable to. At some later date there could be a requirement for licensing for Life Coaches but, to date; it is not.