27Aug

    Variations in Life Coaches

    Life Coaching Purpose and Variations

    Regardless of the variations of Life Coaches, they all set out to better the lives of others in one way or another.

    There are many variations in life coaches, from the training they have received, to the experiences that fuel their practices and the fees they charge for their services.  According to an article recently completed by the Fort Myers Florida Weekly, Bob Riley is one such variation.  He has added the labels of PhD and MBWA to the end of his name, although he acknowledges that he has no formal degrees or training; the letters, instead, represent his experiences, as a “paper-hanging degree,” and that he earned a “masters’ by walking around.”  These titles are meant to represent his various work experiences over the course of his years, where he has worked as an aircraft electrician in the Navy, as an operator for the suicide and crisis hotline and a brief time spent running a child care center.

    With these experiences, Riley is able to help his clients on a path to self-help, moving forward through talking, not through use of medications.  Through meager talking, Riley, and other life coaches are able to help their clients find a much-needed boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

    However, not all life coaches thrive solely on their decades of work experience in other fields.  Some life coaches hold certifications, degrees and trainings, particularly in fields related to domestic abuse, finance and addiction.  This is the case for Rebekah J. Fero, a financial life coach and certified financial planner based in Port Charlotte.  She holds strictly to holding her clients accountable for their own goals.  Fero also says that her methods of carrying out regular meetings with her clients is common for coaches; she places calls, which allow for her clients to remain in a comfortable setting while facing the proposition of change.  For Fero, to accurately coach someone, the life coach must immerse themselves in their client’s life—a deep understanding of their insecurities is needed to fix the faulty thought patterns evident in the minds of the client.

    Another fluctuation between life coaches is salary and fees charged for services.  According to statistics provided by the International Coach Federation, the average salary of life coaches worldwide is fifty thousand four hundred dollars.  However, the mean salary is closer to thirty thousand dollars, indicating a wide variety in fees offered for services.

    13Jul

    Knowing Values Key to Fulfillment

    Practice positivity by listing the values that are most important to YOU and trying to live them out each day.

    Practice positivity by listing the values that are most important to YOU and trying to live them out each day.

    One of the most pulling subplots to the travesty that was the Holocaust is those who risked their lives to shelter the Jews.  Some took this a step further, using their positions of power and authority to find ways to allow Jews to escape to locations of safety. One such man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Catholic diplomat who served as the Portuguese counsel general in Bordeaux, France during the war.  As Portugal was neutral in the war, de Sousa was in a unique position to grant visas for Jews looking to escape.  Despite a law that was in place requiring prior permission before travels were approved, de Sousa and his staff managed to grant thirty thousand visas in the course of three days.  For his actions, his superiors with the Portuguese Foreign Office dismissed him of his duties and stripped him of his rank, salary and pension.  Regardless of all he lost, even years after the fact, when de Sousa spoke of his actions, he was clearly proud of his decisions.

    De Sousa’s example raises a question of the decisions leaders make and the possible actions and reactions.  According to an article recently completed for The Huffington Post, leaders face difficult decisions like de Sousa’s every day; granted, not all of these choices are a matter of life or death—and, as a result, the gap between competing values can be less wide—and, therefore, the better choice between the two can become less clear.  An everyday application of this gap is provided in the article, as leaders of a family struggle with how to provide sufficient monetary funds for their family and still find time to spend valuable quality time with said family.

    The article advises a common practice encouraged by life coaches to help in navigating the gap between competing values. Often, coaches will suggest their clients create a values list, which contains ideals and principles most important to the individual. Some examples provided include caring, decisiveness, being family-oriented and loyal.  To develop this list, coaches often guide the author through decisions and times of contentment experienced in the past.  Which decisions have provided a sense of pride? Which experienced accomplishments resulted in the most contentment?  From this, the client can often discern what their priorities in life are—what they value the very most out of life.