I can just hear the comments now… "Christian life coaching… what in the world could these people be thinking?”… "What is this; a glorified profession that is now turning the act of being a Christian into something comparable to a sporting event?” "I mean... why would I need a life coach? Don’t enough people have views on how I should be living my life and already try to tell me what to do?” …"Why would I want someone else to be giving me directions and guidance anyways!”
My mission in writing this is to help people to understand what exactly I do as a Christian life coach and how it may aid them or someone they know. Christian life coaching is all about results. The whole point of coaching is to help to guide and direct people to where they need to go. It is very much like a coach of a sports team in the sense that advice is given to clients by their coach to help them to improve, or change the way they are currently doing things so that a positive change can take effect. The difference in coaching and counseling is that coaching is focused all on the future and the present… not the past. Of course our past and what we have gone through can help to mold and change the direction we go forward in, but the ultimate goal in coaching focuses on where the client is now, and where they want to go. My main objective with my clients is to aid them and walk beside them as they make choices and changes in their lives to get from where they currently are, to where God wants them to be. I do not decide this for my clients, it is completely between them and God. What I do is motivate them, encourage them and hold them accountable as they journey down a road that God has revealed to them.
It may make it easier for you to understand if I use an example. Let’s imagine I have a female client that has recently felt called to leave her profession and to devote her time to her children at home. This is a very personal decision and for some women would not be what God intended for them, but in this particular case my client knows that she is meant to do exactly this. Once we meet and decide that her goal is to eventually allow their family to be in a position to move from two salaries to one, we can then start to make some healthy goals for her to accomplish that. We begin to research financial options, issues that must be resolved as far as extra expenses that can be removed, etc. Assuming her husband is on board with the change, we can move forward in how to discuss these changes with the rest of the family, how to have a healthy attitude moving forward and how to address those who don’t accept what she is doing. Everything I do and all the advice that I give is based directly on biblical wisdom. I will never steer a client in a direction that is contrary to God’s word.
Making a change or transition in life is a very scary time and the goal of life coaching is to help to make the decisions less scary, and to help to give the client confidence that they are making calculated moves going forward. Teens looking to choose a college, women looking to make better decisions moving forward after an addiction has been overcome, women who just need help to stay focused on the changes God has encouraged them to make in their lives... these are just a few examples of who could be helped by life coaching.
We are here to help... bottom line! Stay tuned for more blogs about Christian Life Coaching and how to make healthy decisions based on God’s word! For more information please don’t hesitate to contact The Potter’s House Family Counseling, 864-850-1777 or online.