Life Coaching: A Career for the 21st Century

Quite recently, an old school friend who I hadn’t heard from for some forty odd years made contact on Facebook. To my surprise it turned out that he had been living around the corner from us for many years.

The ease with which we were able to reconnect after all that time, spurred him on to start and promote a Facebook group for all those who were in our final high school year. Now we have a thriving little community all enthusiastically indulging in a bit of “Remember the time …”

It got me reflecting on a question that I suspect is in the back of many people’s minds.

Is the world becoming a better or a worse place?

“Your life only gets better when you do.”

– Brian Tracy

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Fair Exchange

“Coaches HATE selling” screamed the headline of an advert for an online course that I saw on Facebook recently.

It was clearly aimed at life coaches who, well, find the idea of selling their services difficult, to say the least. And I would guess that that applies to most who take up this career – at least in the early stages.

“The universe is based on fair exchange. What you give you will get.”

– Guruji Sri Sri Poonamji

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Commitment, the Secret to Success

Recently, we had cause to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the launch of New Insights in South Africa (and fourteen years since the brand was originally established in the UK).

A good friend asked me about how the business had changed over the years.

He looked curious when I explained that ten years ago our biggest challenge was to convey an understanding of what life coaching is, whereas today the challenge is to stand out of the ever-increasing crowd of life coach training institutes.

“So, to what do you ascribe your success in staying in business for so long in what is a pretty fickle market?” he asked.

“Most people fail, not because of a lack of desire, but because of a lack of commitment.”

– Vince Lombardi

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Learning Modalities Part 2

As promised last time, here is a follow-up post about Learning Modalities.

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Part 1 please click here to open it in a new tab of your browser.

Today’s post will make a lot more sense if you have the context from Part 1. In addition, you can take a brief quiz to give you an idea of your own preferred learning modality – Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic.

“Seeing, feeling, hearing, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.”

– Walt Whitman

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Learning Modalities

You might find it interesting to know that each of us has a unique preference for the way in which we like to receive, learn and internally represent new information and experiences.

This knowledge can be particularly helpful in relationships and in careers that involve educating, helping or motivating people (teachers and life coaches are two examples).

Before I explain any more about these different channels of learning and representation (commonly called ‘modalities’) – and so that you do not unfairly prejudge what I have to say – I would invite you to explore your own preferred learning modality.

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

– Confucius

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Life Coaching that Transforms

New Insights is unique in offering a structured 13-session coaching system for its trainee coaches to use in practice coaching and – if they choose – in their professional coaching endeavours after certification.

When the system is properly followed, the coaching process takes coach and client around six months or so to complete and may be followed up with ongoing coaching if needs be.

“Six months? Is there no quick fix?” I often get asked.

“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.”

– Beverly Sills

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Respect for Diversity

Is there anyone who can say, with hand on heart, that they are not in awe of – or at the very least inspired by – the amazing diversity of scenery, climate, trees, plants, animals, fish and even insects that we are so privileged to be surrounded by on this beautiful planet of ours?

I have yet to come across such a person!

Why is it, then, that so many humans struggle to come to terms with the issue of diversity within our own species?

“It is not our differences that divide us.

It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lord

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