What is Life Coaching?

In sports, you need a coach to train you and help you reach your full athletic potential. Life coaches work the same way — they help you develop and achieve your personal and professional goals so you can live your best life.

Life coaches motivate you to:

  • Realize your natural strengths and skills
  • Identify or refocus your dreams and goals
  • Move past challenges that stand in the way of those goals

A life coach’s job is to give you the tools to enhance the gifts, resources, and creativity you already have. Coaches are trained to listen and observe so they can help you map out a strategy to make concrete changes in your life.

Meeting with a life coach

Sessions with a life coach will serve as a way for the coach to get to know you better. Trust is an important part of the process, so you’ll want to find a coach you feel comfortable with.

After you’ve identified the things you want to work on, you and your coach will outline steps that will move you in the direction of your objectives. Along the way, your life coach can support you through any hurdles and challenges.

Life coaching vs. counseling

Individual counseling with a trained mental health care professional and life coaching are both designed to foster emotional health and wellbeing, but they do this in different ways, and ultimately, have different goals. The primary goal of counseling is to heal. Often, this means exploring your past. Life coaching focuses mainly on the future. Life coaching creates an opportunity for you to build an action plan that will help make that future as bright as possible.

Counseling is a valuable, and often necessary staple to your emotional health care. Counseling helps you uncover and recover. Life coaching takes you a step further and helps you discover. It moves you forward so you can thrive.


  1. American Counseling Association
  2. WebMD
  3. Mayo Clinic