Life coaches are experts who know how to ask the right questions, empowering you to come up with the right solutions to accomplish your goals, says Karen Moilliet.
1. What it is
Life coach is a non-specific term, with many different interpretations. “I usually introduce myself as a relationship coach,” says Moilliet. “It’s not about giving advice – it’s non-directive and it’s not counselling.” Over several sessions, Moilliet helps you focus on a concern, figure out what success would look like, and then all the steps you would need to achieve that.
2. Why you might need it
If Moilliet is not giving advice, then how is she helping? It’s about perspective. “Imagine you’re in a cardboard box with just one window. You can only see ONE perspective from your inside vantage point, whereas someone on the outside can see all the angles,” she says. She sees individuals, couples, families and co-workers to help strengthen their relationships. “I believe in having dynamic relationships with your co-workers and partners, not just mundane ones. It produces strong, healthy communities and profitable companies,” she says.
3. How Moilliet became an expert
She home-educated her seven children, and feels that gave her an insight into helping people achieve their potential. Says Moilliet: “I was constantly figuring out what motivated them, educating them toward their strengths.” Five years ago, she trained as a life coach with Essential Impact, an internationally known corporate coaching firm.
4. What you leave with
At the end of a session, you have a plan that takes into account the obstacles you might face and the resources you have to take action. “It’s not only a plan – it’s your plan that comes from your experience and values, which gives you a huge sense of ownership and empowerment,” Moilliet explains.
5. How you measure progress
Moilliet likes to have regular appointments with clients, in person, by phone, Messenger calling or by Skype. Big goals are broken into small milestones, and celebrating the small steps is encouraged. “I find once-a-month goals are good for intentional focus: long enough to be able to see a result, whether it’s changing your body weight or saving money,” says Moilliet. “It’s good to have a great big goal, but without celebrating small steps along the way, they can seem far away and unattainable.