Life Coaching: 6 Foundations to the Professional Life Coaching Process

Personal coaching, professional coaching, and life coaching involves a unique relationship between a coach and client. Before you engage a personal coach, get familiar with what you can expect.


  1. Take focused action. When it comes to coaching, talk is not cheap. You are paying to engage a professional to help you create a better, fuller, richer life. While you may be paying for the conversation, the real dividends are earned between calls when you take action. The best intentions, ideas, and inventions are meaningless if you never take action. Count on taking dramatic action toward your goals, but not just random “I hope this works” action. You’ll be taking focused actions that will help you reach your goals.
  2. Capitalize on your strengths. None of us is able to produce the extraordinary when we focus exclusively on trying to improve our weaknesses. Our greatness derives from our strengths. Our strengths develop naturally, and they are enduring. You’ll be more able to focus, have more excitement, and be more committed to developing your skills when the goals you set and the actions you take leverage your strengths in a powerful way.
  3. Establish and accomplish stretch goals. You’ll be surprised about how much more you’ll reach for and not be overwhelmed in the process when you have a trusted partner in your success. You’ll find it easier to set and attain ambitious stretch goals with the support and accountability of the coaching relationship.
  4. Be challenged. Setting goals is easy. Reaching them takes hard work and persistence. Don’t be surprised if you are pushed, pulled, and challenged!
  5. Make better decisions. This is because your focus will be clearer. Every single one of my clients is gifted, yet not always focused. I will help you become focused as you share ideas with me. As your coach, my full intention is to understand you and be completely endorsing of you and your goals, yet challenge you to be sharper and more focused in your thinking.
  6. Not be given advice. My guess is that you don’t need another parent, sibling, friend, or co-worker telling you what you should be doing. My job is not to give you advice, but to help you explore and come up with the best choice for you. Occasionally I may offer something, but don’t expect too much advice. What you will get from coaching is much more valuable than instructions.