I think the first time I heard the term I was watching my favorite show (at the time), FX’s Nip Tuck. Spoiler Alert. A transgendered woman, played by, Famke Jensen, was working with one of the doctors’ teens. She ended up being an abusive villain type & I came away with a pretty warped idea of what a life coach actually did.
A definition I found with the help from our great friends at Google
[ ˈlīf ˌkōCH ]
a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges.
OxfordDictionaries · © Oxford University Press
While that seems pretty cut and dry I’ll just start with what I am not: I am not a therapist nor do I provide psychotherapy. I don’t tell people what they “should” be doing or offer advice. We actually work on NOT “shoulding” on ourselves.
Bottom line: my morals, ideas, thoughts, ideals, desires, dreams, goals, or spiritual beliefs are irrelevant. Coaching is about the client’s desires and creating a new reality based on what you want.