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Life Coaching: Know Exactly What to do to Lose Weight, Manage Your Time, Etc. But Can't Seem to Do It? Try a Life Coach -- Guest

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:33pm

Note from Connie: Perhaps you've heard of this up-and-coming trend of life coaching? If you haven't, I invite you to learn about it, because life coaching is an empowering, life-changing process that's earned kudos galore. I invited the VP of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching (iPEC) to tell you all about it.

Full disclosure: I'm now presently enrolled in the iPEC program myself -- in fact, I became a life coach in April, and I'm now very high on this effective tool. FYI, I even recently began working with my own life coach and I'm finding this a remarkable process. I invite you now to check out Luke's fascinating article.

Know Exactly What to Do to Lose Weight, Manage Your Time, Etc. But Can’t Quite Seem to Do It? Try a Life Coach
By D. Luke Iorio, PCC, AELC, Vice President, iPEC Coaching

If you’re like many people, you may feel that you could write a book on how not to succeed at dieting, exercising, managing your time and achieving your goals.

Of course, you know exactly what to do to lose weight—in fact, you might be one of millions, who’ve lost weight—and then gained the same weight back many times.  Likewise, you know what it takes to get a svelte, fit body. And you know specifically how to pull off your many other projects.

What’s more, you know that you’d feel great, look great, gain self esteem and be full of confidence if you succeeded at your dreams and goals, right? So then why aren’t you accomplishing them all? Is something missing?

If you’re not where you want to be in your life in your eating habits, exercise patterns and other components in your life, then it may be time to consult an expert. “What kind of expert?” you may wonder. The answer might surprise you, because the only expert that can help you is YOU!

“Wait a minute,” you might be saying, “I’m not an expert—I’m not a dietician or exercise physiologist or time-management consultant!”  That may be true, but you are an expert in what really matters in order for you to truly achieve your goals. 

• Only you know what really motivates, drives and encourages you.
• Only you know how great life will be like for you when you reach your goal. 
• Only you know why that’s important to you.
• Only you know what’s blocking you from being where you want to be.

You see, once you make the connection between what you do on a day-to-day basis and your goal, then success will follow almost effortlessly.  Although you’re the expert, as you just learned, most people could benefit by hiring a powerful life coach to help reach the wisdom inside them.

Although life coaching is rising in prominence, many people don’t really understand it. That’s not surprising since it’s relatively new to most people.  Coaching came into the limelight in mainstream America mostly over the past decade, even though it’s been around in different forms for nearly a century with the likes of Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie and even Thomas Edison, who all used early philosophies and skills that later became incorporated into coaching.

In fact, when many of us think about coaching, we conjure up images of the kid’s soccer coach or of baseball’s Joe Torre or or football’s fiery Bill Parcells. Life coaches were even featured on The Simpsons.  But still, many aren’t quite sure what it really is. 

Life coaching, as I’ve discovered by working with a coach and becoming one myself, can produce truly amazing, exciting results.

In a nutshell, life coaching is an extraordinary, powerful, creative, end-results-oriented process where you partner with someone else (your life coach), who helps empowers you to:

  • Better understand and unleash your inner drive and purpose.
  • Identify and find within you the solutions and answer you seek.
  • Creatively plan and implement steps to achieve your goals.
  • Do what you say you’ll do by holding you accountable.
  • Explore your passions, frustrations, blocks and self-defeating “gremlins.”
  • Learn simple skills that can improve your relationships.
  • Examine the “rules” you’ve been living by and to rewrite those rules into ones that work for you. 
  • Match your inside world to your outside world so that you reach the success you most desire.
  • Raise your consciousness so you can effortlessly achieve sustainable results.

Life coaching is ideal for you if you:

  • Want to make a change in your life or career.
  • Feel something is holding you back.
  • Need clarity around where you are headed.
  • Want to speed up and achieve even greater results than you’re seeing now.

Ultimately, life coaching is an investment in yourself—one that will pay off with dividends of better health, and a calmer, more balanced life.

Not only is life coaching a life-transforming process and a wonderfully rewarding profession, but it gives you a powerful skill set that you can use with people from all walks of life.  Coaching skills make you a more confident, powerful, influential, energetic and inspiring leader. 

Whether you presently lead a family or a company, patients, students, friends or co-workers, coaching can help you have a profound impact and help them in ways that will change their lives. So, what impact do you want to have?

D. Luke Iorio, PCC, AELC, is vice president of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching (iPEC), which, since its founding in 1999 by Bruce D Scheider, MCC, Ph.D., has become a leader in coach certification training and in the field of human potential and leadership development. Through intensive weekend programs and a certification course, iPEC creates the leaders of today and tomorrow. To hire or become a life coach, business coach or executive coach or to find a powerful personal or leadership development program, visitiPECcoaching.comor call 866-72COACH.

Note again from Connie: Again, I highly recommend life coaching as a powerful, fun way to move you forward in your life, overcome obstacles and so much more. If you'd like to become a coach yourself, you could attend live training from iPEC in any of 11 cities, including Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Edison (NJ), Los Angeles (CA), New York (NY), Portland (ME), Providence (RI), San Jose (CA), San Juan (PR), Tampa Bay (FL) and Washington D.C. If you have questions about life coaching or would like to get an initial complimentary session, please contact either iPEC or me.

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