Life Coach

On the cusp of a new year, seasonal anomalies of obligatory resolution find me pondering “life coaches”. To be fair, life coaching has nothing and everything to do with seasonal aversion to empty personal promises. I’m all for personal reflection, but once a year because it’s expected is a tad tiresome. Proliferation of life coaching adds insult to injury. I personally know 3 people who peg their futures on successful life coaching endeavors. Each one a university graduate professing unique insight into the plight of millennials.

Words “life doesn’t come with a manual” form the thesis of this baby boomer’s approach to life. Seasonal resolutions however well intentioned or inane, always stemmed from personal reflection. Enter life coaching, a booming profession defined as –

“Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.”

Holy crap! If I know of three life coaches, how many more serve as millennial oracles? Am I alone in fearing for a generation of life coached dreamers whose seasonal resolutions stem from coached life plans rather than intrinsic motivation?

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5 thoughts on “Life Coach

  1. All the life coaches I know are people who were disappointed with their own life and who want to turn their acquired life experience into lighthouses for others. Subconsciously they want to test their “winning” strategies on others and acquire freedom in the process. If it works out at all, it is with very mitigated success. The real winners are the institute that train these life coaches.

  2. I have never known a life coach, but those who need them really seem to just need friends. Friends they can bounce ideas off, talk about things, see others sides of an issue, and just see how their friends approach an issue. Well that is my opinion. Hugs

  3. I think ‘Life Coach’ is yet another bandwagon. Good on ’em, it’s an honest buck (although the words ‘con game’ spring readily to mind). They should make a killing from the present Snowflake Generation.

    In earlier times everyone had his/her shrink—and those who couldn’t afford shrinks flocked to gurus. To each his own.

    ~ there would be none of this in a genuine ‘values based’ society. (That ain’t gonna happen …)

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