From insight to action
Life coaching is the process of moving you from A to B: from your current situation to your objectives by asking powerful questions and using various techniques such as from Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
It may also involve the coach sharing their wisdom, experience and understanding of human behaviour where relevant.
Of course, not all coaching is about external action and it can be about the change of perspectives and beliefs for personal transformation and growth.
A history of coaching
The history of the word "coach" goes back to the 15th Century to the village of Kocs (pronounced "koach") in Budapest, which transformed the transport industry in making a new, lighter and more rapid type of carriage.
The village of Kocs ended up being associated with travelling from one place to another in a rapid and efficient way. And thus, "coaching" is born.
Life coaching is also an old profession and has been around for centuries - only we did not call them "life coaches" but rather, teachers or philosophers.
From Jesus of Nazareth, Plato, Aristotle to Socrates, they would all be considered life coaches today as they:
- Asked powerful questions
- Gave incredible insight into life and human behaviour
- Helped and supported others
- Shared wisdom and used techniques such as metaphors to change people's beliefs