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Recently I had an exchange with a prominent pastor about her misconception of what a life coach is or does, hence the reason I'm writing this blog post.

As a faith-based life coach, my #1 aim is to help the other person accomplish what God wants him/her to do/be. I have the privilege of coming alongside others in support of their journey, and seeing God do amazing things as they seek to grown and reach their potential. That's why in the bio page of my website, I clearly identify myself as a Christian so potential clients know my personal foundational principles of coaching.

If you're a Christian researching life coaching, please do so within a Biblical framework (refer to Barnabas as a great example of a "life coach" in Acts). A simple Google search on "Christian life coaching" will land you in the right places.

There are other misconceptions too that I have mentioned in past blog entries. Placing myself over others is exactly what coaching is not: it's not about telling others what to do. Giving advice is something good coaches try to avoid. Instead, we help people make discoveries for themselves. Like a good friend who takes time to listen to you and help you sort things out until you arrive at your own conclusions, so will a good coach.

Let me ask you, how many of you know an area of your life where God wants you to grow? Take a minute to reflect on it. Now let me ask you, what do you need to make that become a reality?

I'm going to guess that you probably didn't answer "I need advice." Am I right? Whenever I ask that question in seminars, I typically get answers like support, encouragement, and companionship. Coaching is not about giving advice--people already know what they need to work on. It's about support. They want to know they don't have to navigate the difficulties of life on their own.

Another misconception: Coaching isn't about being an expert. Is there knowledge and wisdom involved? Absolutely. And sometimes I may have to mentor more than coach when a client is really stuck. But the most crucial knowledge focuses on areas like listening skills and asking good questions. Coaches don't need to have all the right answers so they can tell people what to do. It's not about listening to a guru give you the answers to all of life's problems--it's about helping you learn to listen to the true Guru--God-- for yourselves.

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