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    Forget therapy for now

    Most of my time as a life coach is being spent educating people on the concept of Life Coaching. Every time I have a hard time explaining the difference between therapy and coaching. Recently I realized, it’s better to say “forget therapy for now”! This is how I want to say it: You are a smart, well functioning adult, mostly successful and pretty much independent in your thoughts and actions. There are certain times you feel stuck, little confused or just need someone to talk to. Someone you could go to and bounce off your thoughts and ideas by, someone you could have as your wise sounding board. Someone you…

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    How I decided on career change

    [Here is a personal testimonial on the background of my career change thoughts. It was not an overnight thing, and took me few years of active effort. I wish I could have worked with a life coach to have the support and guidance to land on this sooner and smoother. -Sharmin] These days whenever I talk to my friends and ex-coworkers, one question I get very often is: “How did you decide that you wanted to be a life coach?”  Someone even asked, “So how did it happen, one fine morning you just decided on this?” Some people comment, “I wish I knew what my passion is”. My short answer…

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    Everyday Creativity: Find your next best answer

    The more I learn about life coaching it boils down to how to make life more satisfying from inside-out, from a higher level of human development. I see Life as our biggest creative pursuit – only if we focus on it with the right attitude, it is on us how we design it. Coaching can empower the client to focus and to design it in his/her own way. Photojournalist Dewitt Jones has described it as how we can discover extra ordinary things from aparently ordinary things when we have the right attitude.    His Everyday Creativity teaches a surprising truth about creativity: that it’s not a magical, mysterious occurrence, but a ready tool that enables you to…

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    ICF Coaching Client Study 2009 – top motivators: Self-esteem, work-life balance & career

    Here are some nuggets from the ICF Global Coaching Client Study 2009: Clients are generally satisfied with the coaching experience. In addition to awarding very high ratings to all of the coaching criteria tested, the vast majority of clients also indicated that they were very satisfied with their experience. Further confirming the success coaches are having is the fact that almost all (96%) clients indicated that they would repeat the coaching experience given the same circumstances that lead them there in the first place. Interesting facts –96.2 percent of coaching clients report they would repeat theircoaching experience.— 82.7 percent of coaching clients report they are "very satisfied" withtheir coaching experience.—…

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    Are you living from outside-in?

    "In all of my experience, I’ve never seen lasting solutions to problems, lasting happiness and success that came from the outside in."—Stephen Covey, Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Attempting to live from the outside is similar to following the wish of others instead of trusting the answers from within you. If you are consistently accommodating yourself to do what others want or expect, you are living from the outside in. Living life from the outside in takes more effort and energy because it calls for being someone you’re not. Change from the inside out is more energizing and fun. You begin to experience more ease. As…

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    Professional Life Coaching – an Introduction

    Ever since I started talking to people around me about my career, “professional life coaching” I have got many questions. “Is this a sports coach”, “Is this like mentoring”, “Is this counseling”, “Why would someone go to a coach” are some of those. I thought it would be a good idea to compile some introductory information on coaching to help me answer those. In this following write up I have used both the terms “coach” and “life coach” interchangeably. Background Coaching has been widely used in the business world for leadership development. In recent decades, with the fast changing world, people in every walk of life are facing life challenge and…