What Is a Life Coach and Do I Need One?

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau

Are you living the life you’ve imagined? What would it take to walk the path of your dreams? Life coaches can help you realize your goals and actualize your ambitions. No one reaches their pinnacle alone. Professional athletes utilize the expertise of coaches. Highly successful business executives have coaches to aid in their effective and efficient day-to-day task handling. So why shouldn’t you enlist the help of a Life Coach? You deserve it. We all are worthy of having someone on our team helping us to objectively assess what is working and what isn’t, and to come up with a plan to get us moving in the right direction.

Juxtaposed to traditional therapy, which often helps individuals look into their past to create a better present, life coaching looks into the future and helps clients develop a plan to reach their goals. Specifically life coaching, or integrative counseling, offers clients an opportunity to take a closer look at their goals, whether physical, mental, emotional, professional, or financial. With the help of an objective and highly educated professional, clients learn how to evaluate the ways in which each goal can work more synergistically through the implementation of goal setting, organized scheduling, monitoring and measuring progress, support and accountability. Too often we compartmentalize our lives and isolate segments of ourselves, and in so doing we are unable to reach our ultimate goals in fitness, life and beyond. For example, working to reach financial success may mean looking deeply at emotional and physical health. While working toward a weight loss goal may mean taking a close look at effective coping skills. Integrative counseling takes a comprehensive approach to help clients map out the most effective ways to accomplish their ambitions in a holistic way.

Life coaches help clients clarify their goals and identify barriers – oftentimes past issues and negative beliefs – that keep them from achieving these goals. A life coach also can guide clients, helping them evaluate life plans, and monitor behavioral and thought patterns that support and/or detract from stated goals. Together, the life coach and the client develop a strategic plan – a roadmap – that integrates fitness, nutrition, healthy coping skills and intermediate goals, to assure positive outcome.

Working toward actualizing your potential necessitates a closer examination of the body/mind/spirit as a whole being. Holding mind/body/spirit at the forefront of everything enacts the most rapid and sustainable change a person can make in their life. Integrative counseling provides clients with a roadmap to identify their goals in many facets of their lives. The process works towards actualizing those goals as an integrative whole.

We have several doctors on staff that can answer any questions you have about Life Coaching. Learn more by calling 970.476.7960 or visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com.