Frequently Asked Questions
A personal life coach is someone who is qualified to support, encourage, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals. A coach is a good active listener that can pick up from your voice, text or video what you are really thinking and will facilitate you to take actions to move towards your goals. They will celebrate your successes, help you discover how to overcome obstacles, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and enable you to move forward at a far greater pace than you could achieve on your own, with the ultimate aim of you achieving your goals and discovering a much happier life.
The tools and techniques of the coach are exactly the same for life coaching as they are for career coaching. The main difference is that with life coaching you will be focusing on any part of your life that you want to improve, whereas career coaching (as the name suggests) focuses more directly on your career.
In practice, our careers have a major impact on most areas of our lives – so choosing a personal life coach who is specialized in career coaching is the best of both worlds. At LifeRamp our coaches are equipped with career assessments and market intelligence that enables them to bring additional insight and perspective to a young person’s personal and professional goal-setting.
Life coaching works because it focuses you on exactly what you want to achieve and gets you there faster. We go through life constantly busy ‘doing things’, but very rarely do we stop and consider our future, and where we really want to be. By using a life coach you are able to do just that, with the support of a coach who is dedicated to you and your future. They will listen, encourage, support and motivate you. Your life coach is able to keep you focused and, through their experience and expertise, you will be able to identify options available to you that you may not have ever considered.
Traditionally, life coaching was the preserve of celebrities and corporate executives like Oprah Winfrey, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Bill Gates. Today, many young people, as well as executives, use life coaches to help them achieve their personal and or professional goals. LifeRamp believes in the impact that personalized coaching can have on the lives of young people.
During your first coaching sessions, you work on setting goals and timeframes for what you want to achieve. As your sessions progress you will recap on the actions set and achieved from the last session and look at general progress and successes. You will explore where you are at the moment with a particular goal; what you have tried; what has worked and any obstacles you have come across along the way, and explore all the possible options in achieving that goal.
In order to achieve this, your coach may look at smaller goals or “micro actions”, that need to be achieved each session, to move you closer to your overall goal. Life coaches use lots of techniques to really extract options that you may never have thought of before. A session often ends by looking at what actions you want to set yourself from the list of options to achieve that session’s goal. Throughout the process, LifeRamp coaches utilize a host of coaching tools and assessments to help you along the path to achieving what you want.
You can choose a 15, 30, or 60 minute coaching session. These sessions can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, whatever suits your life and the speed at which you can take actions to achieve your goals. LifeRamp coaches are also available by text message in between sessions to ensure regular two-way communication and cheerleading where needed.
This depends on what you want to achieve with your coaching. Many LifeRamp users are working on transitions – from school to university, university to working life, or navigating the first few years of a career path. Your coach is there for as long as you need to help you make those transitions, set career goals, provide health and wellbeing support and help you stay accountable. For some people, this may take as little as two to five sessions to achieve a specific objective, and for others, it will be more. It is a very personal decision based on your individual goals.
LifeRamp coaching takes place virtually via video, chat, phone, and/or email.
LifeRamp costs much less than seeing a traditional Life Coach or other health professional. Fees are as low as $65 per week.
To get the best from life coaching, you need to have a positive attitude towards achieving your goals. You need to be totally open, trusting and honest within the coaching relationship. You need to have the time and commitment to complete the actions that you will set yourself at the end of each session. These actions are what will move you closer to your overall goal. Ultimately your level of commitment will directly influence the speed and extent to which you reach your goals. To help you with all of this, your coach is there to provide motivation, support and encouragement within a confidential and nonjudgmental environment.
The benefits of life coaching are huge. It means having someone that is solely dedicated to you and the achievement of your goals. Your coach will be supportive, encouraging, nonjudgmental and motivating just when you need it. They will keep you focused on where you want to be and make sure you are moving forward in the right direction. They will enable you to get to where you want to be in life, much faster than you could on your own.
Coaching and counseling are similar in the sense that both counselors and coaches ask the client questions, sometimes requiring a lot of soul-searching. Neither a counselor or a coach will give advice per se, but they will listen to what you say and direct the conversation with further pertinent questions. However, whereas the typical counseling session will be dealing with emotions and issues in the past affecting the present, the coaching relationship is focused on the future and deals with optimizing the opportunities in your life for you to ultimately achieve greater happiness.