Planning for the future: Life Coaching

I am sorry that I have been spotty with my blog posts the last few months.  We’ve had some family issues we have been working through and one of the changes is next school year, all the kids will all be in school outside of the home.  The girls will go to a local Charter School and the boys will both be in Public School.  This change is due to my needing to go back to work.  Not an easy thing for a mom of four to find an outside job after 14 years out of the job market.

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As I have been praying about this, the Lord brought to mind something I am quite equipped to do, from home, nevertheless:  Christian Life Coaching!   I was blessed to be gifted with the opportunity to take classes from Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) in order to become a Certified Christian Life Coach, and have been taking teleconference classes since the end of January.   What is Coaching you ask?  Borrowing from PCCI‘s website,

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

A coach is a collaborative partner, not a hired expert. A coach is not a consultant, mentor, counselor, or adviser because he or she is non-directive. We say that coaching is done “from the inside out” rather than “from the outside in”.

Coaches have no agenda, no personal investment in a client taking one path versus another. Instead, coaches will listen for and focus on the gap between where a client is now and where the client senses God is calling them to be.

Coaching is the art of asking powerful questions that prompt clients to think about things they’ve never considered before, or may have dismissed as impossible.

A really good coach is masterful at “staying in the questions”, prompting clients to listen to and express their hearts & minds, their core values — what Scripture would call “the desires of their hearts.” Coaches then challenge clients to move proactively toward the clarified vision that results from such non-directive exploration.

I will be taking a few more classes this next year and after I get some coaching hours under my belt, I will be well on my way toward certification!  Having done work in the Children’s Mental Health arena prior to becoming a mom, I have always been drawn to the helping profession.  I had taken Spiritual Gift Inventories in the past and the same type of gifts came up time and time again:  Compassion, Service, Knowledge, to name a few.


So now a shameless promotion of my new business:  Reflecting His Image Christian Life Coaching!  I have just finished the Essentials of Coaching class (a 15 week course) and am currently taking two more courses, and signed up for more this summer and fall.  What is neat is I can start coaching right now while I’m working toward being certified, both with PCCI and with the International Coach Federation.

I have some special niches I am excited to coach around and you are welcome to contact me regarding these areas as well as others:  Parenting issues, with a niche within a niche of Parenting Special Needs Kids, with autism as a specialty within that niche (how’s that for specific?)!  I also would love to coach around Healthy Living (thanks to not only my parents, but to Joshua’s autism!) and being a Catholic Christian, I would love to work with those who want to grow in their faith as well, not only searching out their gifts or calling, but living out their faith in their lives and work to the best of their ability.  The neat thing is, you can try coaching with a free inquiry call to see if it’s something you are looking for and that would be helpful for you!

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Anyone can simply call themselves a coach in this unregulated industry, however, PCCI is one of the coaching schools in the industry that holds to a high standard:

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is a non-profit professional association and the largest organization of coaches in the world. They have established standards for the profession (the 11 Core Competencies) and a professional Code of Ethics. We ascribe to these standards and develop our courses in alignment with them. We are in the process of securing ICF accreditation.

Please, take some time to look over my business blog entitled:  Reflecting His Image Christian Life Coaching and discover what hiring me, as your coach can do for you!

 

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