Life Coaching - The career of the millennium Mark Shields Explains... Life coaching has exploded into mainstream society in the past ten years and once upon a time only the very wealthy and A-list celebrities would have been able to employ their own personal coach. Nowadays one in three of us, at some point in our lives, will need the services of a professional coach. Life coaching has been quoted many times in the press and the media as the occupation of the millennium. Life Coaching helps you to make deep and lasting personal change within yourself. It is based on a number of disciplines, like neuro-linguistic programming or hypnotherapy, which can lead you down a path of self-actualisation. Mentoring, values assessment, behaviour modification, behaviour modelling, goal setting and other techniques are also used. Unlike counselling, it does not focus on the past, but on where we are now and where we want to be. By learning these skills, you can be supported and empowered throughout every area of your own unique life journey. Who uses it? Everybody faces day-to-day challenges, whether they are in relationships, at work or at home. Sometimes we are held back from achieving our true potential. Emotions derive from powerful thoughts some positive and some negative and when the latter occur on a regular basis they can prevent people from achieving what they want in life. If you suffer from a lack of confidence, assertiveness or self-esteem, it can have a dramatic effect on your personal and work/life balance. You may suffer from fears or phobias that can hinder your life. One client of mine
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many years ago was an executive based in Jersey who was required to fly all over the world in order to carry out his job – he had a fear of flying. …and this impacted his life enormously.
As a result of excessive stress at work you could be experiencing panic attacks, anxiety or, in some cases, depression. These symptoms are all a result of your stress response firing off one too many times and taking its toll at a biological level within your body. You were not born like this and have therefore learned to feel this way. Many of us spend much of our time thinking and thoughts can have a positive or negative affect on the body. If you think of thoughts as small energy cells or entities they will either build into large positive entities or large negative entities – that then create the emotion and subsequently the behaviour according to the type of cell it is. One aspect of life coaching can teach you how to switch off the negative thinking and encourage the positive thinking whilst also creating some action planning and goal setting towards your chosen outcome for the issue at hand.
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