An Introduction To Life Coaching
Imagine... Waking up every morning, and instead of struggling to get out of bed, you're now feeling alive, energised and motivated to work that will take you closer towards your goals that'll change your life. ... Wouldn't that feel incredible if that was actually possible?
Let’s face it most people who are crying out for help because they can’t face the constant bullying at work and the daily pressures and stress, constant arguments with their teenage kids whether trying to limit their time on snapchat or Instagram, couples in a toxic relationship that’s getting worse by the day, general feeling of loneliness sadness, depression and generally unhappy.
Does any of this sound familiar to you, all part of modern-day society 24/7 connected society although we give this illusion all is great and good on our social media life is not all it seems to be.
Can we fix it, we think we can but especially in this “I want it—and I want it NOW” society that we live in, everyone is in search of quick fixes and immediate results. This “Fix me QUICK” I am broken” attitude has paved the way for the development of my personal and business development and consulting practice which continues to flourish, due to the ever-increasing pressure that we endure in our daily lives.
But a life time of daily challenges can’t be fixed overnight it takes time, so if you’re in search and need of highly-trained and engaged saints called, Life Coaches’, ‘Svengali’, ‘Gurus’, Mind Escapologists read on you’ve come to the right place.
Why Use Me As Your Life Coach?
I trained as a Professional Life Coach 15 years ago at the Coaching Academy then undertook further training at Newcastle College and whilst working at Transport for London. I’ve helped 1000’s of people improve their personal and business goals, vastly experienced in both the public and private sector delivering training and development programs continually overachieving and producing high performing individuals and teams.
I’ve developed a unique ability to combine life coaching modalities, hypnosis, holistic therapy and intuition to deliver and achieve fast results in a shorter period of time, this approach has yielded a very high success rate with lasting results.
If you haven't used a life coach or not familiar with how it works, you may have some questions and what benefits you can expect so here’s an overview of the benefits you can expect with working with Mike Lawrence.
Examples Of Areas That My Live Coaching Clients Want To Work With Me On:
- Discover your strengths, passions, dreams and purpose so you can start living the life you want
- Overcome any limiting beliefs, obstacles or fears so you can get ‘released’ and move forward in your life
- Conflict resolution in the workplace
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Alleviate stress, anxiety and depression
- Reignite your confidence and self-esteem
- Gain control over your emotions
- Develop and enrich your relationships – personal or professional
- Establish your goals and create an achievable action plan so you can start your journey to fulfilment
- Feel empowered to take control of your life
- Acknowledge and celebrate all of your achievements – past, present and future! and, most importantly,
- Love and believe in yourself unconditionally
There Are Many Benefits From Engaging In Life Coaching:
Life Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that can help you to produce extraordinary results in your life, future career and business. Life Coaching is forward-looking and is about achieving positive progressive results in your personal and professional life. As your coach, I will show you techniques, provide you with tools and strategies for helping you to bridge the gap between where you are now and what you want to achieve.
It’s a bit like working with a personal trainer. You can work out by yourself, but you will probably reach your goals faster with a personal trainer who creates a bespoke programme, pushes you harder and holds you accountable. It’s the same with life coaching.
The Life Coaching Process
Following our initial 90-minute induction session, we will agree upon a package of 6 and 12 fixed 1 hr or 90-minute sessions which will be either ‘face to face’ over the internet ‘Skype,’ text, email or a combination of all.
With Skype, you as the client can expect me to conduct the session as if you were right there in the room with me. In other words, you get a 'virtual face to face' coaching session. We will also use the chat option for 'in-between' session catch-ups which is the same as having a conversation. And share files whilst you are talking and even share the screen if necessary so that one of us can see what the other is looking at.
The sessions will focus on assessing your goals, developing/agreeing to a strategy and plan for you to follow, keeping you on track and checking your weekly progress ensuring that you’ve achieved agreed objectives, and helping you stay motivated and committed to your goals.
Our Collaborative Working Relationship
We will gain an understanding of what you want which is always half the battle in life. As part of your onboarding pre-coaching work, I will help you to get clarity about what you would like to achieve from the coaching sessions in all areas of your life (unless you already know what you want and just want to be held accountable). Coaching will help you to get and stay clear about your goals and the direction you would like to head in.
You will be accountable for creating change, you will work with me, your coach to create goals to achieve between sessions. Coaching is very much a joint journey and as your life coach, I won’t give you any advice or instruct you what to do, we will create goals together for you that will be realistic and achievable and importantly, motivational and inspire you to take action.
The goals are your goals and you own them. If you are unable to achieve that goal, you will work with me in the following session to discuss the reasons why and help you to move forward whilst understanding the importance of keeping on track.
Sharing your goals with a close 'confide’ life coach or mentor is proven to increase the chances of you achieving your goal, goals 'held' in the mind are more likely to be jumbled up with the other 1500 thoughts per minute that the average human being experiences.
The act of working closely with your coach what you intend to do makes a significant difference in the desire to achieve it. If you find that you are putting something off week after week, it is much more obvious in the coaching situation and is dealt with quicker than you may do by yourself.
Dare to Dream
Life coaching clients who visit the clinic are in for a treat, the practice has an opulent, spacious interior and a calm, tranquil ambience which will make you feel instantly at ease and accelerate your coaching session. It becomes your personal space to explore think and dream again and find what is important to you, identify what’s missing and what you desire in a safe non-judgemental environment.
An opportunity to focus on you and your bucket list, dreams and aspirations. Putting you right back in the spotlight, setting aside the demands of everyday life, with family, friends and work pressures.
Overseeing Your Personal Growth & Development
Life coaching is challenging and hard work, rewarding and fun. You will be looking at yourself honestly and I will be challenging you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Growth comes at the edge of your comfort zone, together we will oversee and enhance your personal growth and development, whilst assisting you in taking the chosen areas of your life beyond the next level.
Who Needs A Life Coach When I’ve Got Friends?
Friends and family can be a great source of help and support, but sometimes impartial involvement can make a big difference to your perspective and help you to see things about yourself and your life situation differently. We often hear and take on board advice from people outside our circle of friends, than from people who are too close to the areas that we need help. Though your parents or partner may always remind you of your strengths, hearing the same message from someone outside of your situation can be invaluable.
In the past we turned to the extended family, local community and grandparents, but in today’s society many of us have moved away from the communities that they were raised to work and live and for many there isn’t the support network of old, nowadays we turn to Facebook, social media and apps for solutions to everyday problems. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins, Jay Shetty and Will Smith have great wellbeing programs and implement phenomenal humanitarian work on a global scale.
I was fortunate to meet Anthony Robbins in London and participated in the famous fire walk and I can tell you that guy has a huge aura and you can’t be inspired by him.
Let me share with you some of the reasons what clients have told me as to the reasons why they find the coaching sessions beneficial and valuable.
My Clients Often Tell Me:
- I wish I had a shoulder to cry on
- All I want is some words of encouragement and support
- Someone to listen to my problems
- It’s not fair I’m always there for everyone else but when I need help there’s no one ever there for me
- I feel so lonely and scared
- It’s not much to ask for
- Am I been silly
- I’ve never told anyone about this before
- Is it just me or am I being unreasonable?
Research and personal experience demonstrate that employees perform better when positively coached, rather than being constantly evaluated. Researchers have also seen that people with more positive attitudes are more likely to succeed in their jobs and careers. Coaching fosters more positive employee attitude as a key component of development and enhances positive attitude through positive support.
Why Coaching Is Essential For A Healthy Workplace – Here’s The Stats
- The volume of staff and management training per employee has been going through a substantial decline over a period of at least a decade and a half
- 73% of UK employees suffer from work-related stress
- 29% of employees in the UK are unhappy
- American Institute of Stress Report 2000 - 80% of workers in USA feel stress on the job nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress
- Incompetent bosses causing stressed-out British workforce
- Four in 10 workers feel their manager's behaviour increases their stress levels
- One in 10 blame their manager for declining health
Backdrop To Workplace Coaching
Organisations have been slow in recognising that the traditional “autocratic” style of management is no longer effective in today’s environment, which requires a collaboration between employers and employee, shared vision, flexibility, and a caring attitude in order to remain competitive.
Companies have and continue to go down the route of sending their senior management team or aspiring supervisors on either 1-day leadership and management courses or courses that run over 3 months, rather than the 2- and 3-year management diplomas which cost more money.
Retention is critical, and coaching supports employee, professional development and satisfaction, which keeps valued employees.
Employees who are coached to performance rather than managed to performance are more committed to and invested in the outcomes of their work and achievement of personal, team and organisational goals.
Successful businesses have discovered that on-going training of the workforce is necessary to remain competitive. However, without coaching, training loses its effectiveness rapidly, and often fails to achieve the lasting behavioural changes required. While training can be a one-off event, coaching is a longer process, which is a valuable next step to training to ensure that the new knowledge and skills are imparted, actually becomes learned behaviour.
Workplace coaching is a critical leadership and management competency which I have developed vast experience over 25 years, my coaching influence has empowered teams, individuals and organisations in the following areas.
Key Areas Of Influence
- Motivation of members of staff to providing exceptional standards of customer service
- Design and delivery imaginative coaching, mentoring and man management techniques improving team performance
- Optimisation of internal processes improving team and individual performance
- Successive significant growth in sales targets exceeding personal, team and organisational targets
- Implementation of solutions to address absenteeism and presenteeism
- Conception, design and roll out of performance improvement and measurement strategy aligned to corporate aims and objectives
- Chaired conflict and resolution committee
- Recognition of every employee’s uniqueness and personal brand
Your staff are your biggest asset, successful coaching adds value to employees, who then add value to your business by giving their best so are less likely to leave. Employees want to be happy, productive and innovative, and if your organisation is ‘perceived’ as not caring or ‘toxic’ I have a proven track record which demonstrates that coaching and the style of coaching can make a significant difference.
The Benefits Of Coaching In Organisations:
- Empowers individuals and encourages them to take responsibility
- Increases employee and staff engagement
- Coaching skills build individual and enhance team and work group performance
- Helps identify and develop high potential employees
- Helps identify both organisational and individual strengths and development opportunities
- Motivates sales production
- Helps to motivate and empower individuals to excel
- Demonstrates organisational commitment to human resource development
Coaching has never been more necessary than now and into the future
Employees in organisations with a strong coaching culture also enjoy greater job satisfaction and engagement. These organisation in turn enjoy higher retention rates as managers and employees build stronger relationships through their coaching conversations.
And since the number one reason employees state for leaving a job or position is “their manager” it’s no surprise coaching employees would boost not only their performance at the job but also their dedication to the organisation.