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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

What is a "life coach" anyway?

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Maybe you've never even heard of a "life coach" before, but the profession has been around for quite a long time. Keep reading below to learn what exactly a "life coach" is.


Have you ever heard the saying,


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"?

This quote perfectly summarizes the role of a life coach. A life coach partners with you on your journey to help you reach your goals and achieve your full potential.


Life coaching is a process of self-discovery and growth that empowers individuals to make positive life changes. A life coach provides guidance, support, and encouragement to help you clarify your vision, set achievable goals, and create a plan for reaching those goals.


Here are some key aspects of what a life coach is and what they do:


Personalized support: A life coach provides customized support and guidance tailored to your unique needs, goals, and aspirations. They help you to identify your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement and develop a plan for reaching your goals.


Focus on the present and future: Life coaches focus on helping you to identify and achieve your goals for the future. They help you overcome any obstacles holding you back and provide you with the tools you need to make positive changes in your life.


Encouragement and motivation: A life coach provides the encouragement and motivation you need to stay on track and achieve your goals. They celebrate your progress, hold you accountable for your actions, and help you overcome any setbacks or obstacles you may encounter.


Holistic approach: Life coaches take a holistic approach to personal development, addressing both the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your life. They help you to develop healthy habits and practices that support your overall well-being and improve your quality of life.


Confidentiality: Life coaching is confidential, and your coach is there to listen and support you without judgment. They provide a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and aspirations.


A life coach partners with you on your journey to help you reach your full potential. They provide personalized support, guidance, and encouragement to help you achieve your goals and make positive changes in your life. If you're looking for a boost of motivation, accountability, and support, consider working with me today!



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Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.

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Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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