Life coaching can be helpful for everyone. Some people may have a misunderstanding of what life coaching is exactly. Life coaches can help point clients in the right direction to achieve their goals. Life coaches develop a personalized plan for their clients that will be most effective in guiding them along in life. This article will talk about exercises life coaches can use to get the best information from their clients.
Wheel of Life
The wheel of life is a typical exercise used by many life coaches. The wheel includes eight sections in it. The eight categories are Health, Friends and Family, Significant Other, Personal Growth, Fun and Leisure, Home Environment, Career, and Money. The client would draw a line in the eight sections based on how satisfied they are with each category in their lives. This will give you a visual of how satisfied your client is with all different aspects of their life. This exercise can serve as a starting point in formulating a plan to reach higher levels of satisfaction in each area.
This common exercise can be used to identify what your client’s values are. Big rocks represent the things your client values most. Smaller rocks and sand represent things they value less and less. The object of this exercise is to identify lesser valued things that may take up more time in their daily life. The client will have a better understanding of what they want to put more time into and what to avoid.
Spheres of Influence
This exercise is designed to help clients understand things they can and cannot control. Although many things are out of our control, we always have control of ourselves and how we react to events that happen. Guide your client through making a list of things they can and cannot control. This will help them accept the things they cannot control and learn to create efforts to influence the things that are within their control.
Private journaling can help in many different ways. Journaling is a method of self-reflection and can initiate helpful advice from themselves to better strive towards their goals in life. Encourage your clients to carry a journal with them wherever they go and to keep a writing utensil handy. Set a goal with your client to journal every day for a week, or maybe a month. Soon it will become a habit, and they can gather more information to bring to you during your coaching sessions.