be your own life coach

In yesterday’s blog post, I shared our Personal Philosophy Activity, with the hope that students could use their Personal Philosophy Statement to make important decisions about their future.  Ultimately, it’s our goal that students are empowered to coach themselves towards happiness and success – happiness and success for the student, not for the institution.

Although the world would tell you that EVERYONE needs a life coach, I would beg to differ.  I would argue that if we are GREAT coaches, we would help our clients develop the skills to coach themselves, not be dependent on the coach for their success.  With our Life Design Catalyst Coach Training Program, our goal is to provide participants the skills and knowledge to understand and practice coaching, use the resources to coach themselves, then pay it forward by coaching others so that they can coach themselves.  We do this in our coach training program and we do this in our classes.

I was inspired to move in this self-coaching direction by an article I read a few years ago, where the author provides suggestions on how people can learn the skills to self-coach.  What if self-coaching was one of the lifelong critical skills we taught students – and all people?  Do you think it might be something they could use for themselves – and with others?  And what would the world look like if everyone was thriving because they were empowered to coach themselves?

So, if you’re looking for ideas on how to self-coach, here’s a great place to start:

It’s one of the best articles I have read on self-coaching.


2 thoughts on “be your own life coach

  1. Hey Bill! Alicia here 🙂

    I’ve certainly struggled with this for a while and I am also open to the challenge. I just think we can’t always see beyond ourselves (myself included) and coaches help us gain insight. Maybe it can just be easier or quicker to reach our goals with a coach? Also, why wouldn’t everyone just do the things that they know they need to do to reach their goals? There is something blocking them/me/us that they often can’t see themselves. I almost think if you work with a coach for some time, then a coach could teach someone how to coach themselves (Does that even make sense?). If you have been working with a coach, then maybe you can understand how to coach yourself better? I’m not sure of my own thoughts, but I am definitely open to have more conversations about this topic!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia! Always appreciated!

      Yes, we’ll have to have more conversations about self-coaching…in time, my friend.

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