Frequently Asked Questions
What is our corporate vision?
The 1 Smart Life vision is to create a better life for our clients with personalized high quality coaching. We make this possible by offering a team of experienced professional coaches to handle all of life’s complexities with a pricing model so affordable that the majority will be able to afford these services.
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What is a coach?
Athletes, actors, CEOs – they all uses coaches to get the most from their performance. Like them, career coaches, health coaches, life coaches and other experts work with clients to:
- Discover what they already have
- Plan what they want for the future
- Assist them in creating multiple action plans to get there
- Live a life they have only dreamed about
With a coach it’s “all about you”. The coach listens and interacts with you with your agenda in mind. A coach skillfully asks questions and gives feedback in a way that helps you gain clarity on your true goals.
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Who needs coaching?
A man or woman of any age can benefit from coaching. People are often drawn to coaching:
- During a life transition
- Seeking a career change
- When they feel life is out of balance
- They want to prioritize / need more time
- Feeling in a rut (stuck)
- After recovering from an illness
- When a relationship is not working out
- Looking for something more out of life
- Family change (empty nesters, new mom staying home, retirement, divorce)
- When they appreciate their good life but want it to be great!
What is professional coaching?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.
Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client. They believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
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What coaching is not:
Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.
- Therapy:Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present. Consider these distinctions:
- A life coach works mainly with people who have no mental disorders but when a client does need therapy, they can get that in addition to life coaching.
- Therapists assist people in gaining insight by dwelling on the psychodynamics of their thinking and behavior. While life coaches value insight, they assist people to move quickly from the realm of insight into setting goals and taking action.
- Therapy, especially when it’s based in psychoanalysis, often delves into the patient’s past and inquires into the origins of a behavior. Life coaching is more about assisting clients to change behavior in the present and create the future they want. *
* Ellis, Dave, Life Coaching A Manual for Helping Professionals, c. 1998, Crown House
- Consulting: Consultants may be retained by individuals or organizations for the purpose of accessing specialized expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. In general, the assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
- Mentoring: Mentoring, which can be thought of as guiding from one’s own experience or sharing of experience in a specific area of industry or career development, is sometimes confused with coaching. Although some coaches provide mentoring as part of their coaching, such as in mentor coaching new coaches, coaches are not typically mentors to those they coach.
- Training: Training programs are based on the acquisition of certain learning objectives as set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path which coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum plan.
What is the coaching process like? What happens?
When you call or e-mail us, you will have a conversation with our concierge to discuss your current opportunities and challenges, and determine the best coach to meet your current needs. That meeting is scheduled and can take place by phone, Skype, or whatever is most convenient for you.
When meeting with the coach, you will clarify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes. The coach will ask you questions about what your current status is, what you want, and together you will create multiple action plans to reach your goal.
Subsequent coaching sessions may be desired, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one’s personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to support the individual’s thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on the individual’s personal needs and preferences.
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What are the Benefits of Coaching?
- Efficient problem solving
- Development of a deep appreciation of life through celebration
- To be seen as bigger than you see yourself and be empowered to that larger vision
- Having your genius and creativity drawn forth
- Gain an expanded sense of what is possible to be, do, and have during your lifetime
- To be listened to fully without fear of judgment
- Unconditional acceptance
- Ability to change in any and all domains of life
- Freedom from suffering and self-discipline *
* Ellis, Dave, Life Coaching A Manual for Helping Professionals, c. 1998, Crown House (adapted)
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What are some outcomes clients have had?
- Regained confidence
- Improved family relationships
- Created new hybrid career
- Moved into leadership of new business unit
- Created Strategic Life Plan
- Created 3-5 year plan
- Changed from unsatisfying career to joy filled career
- Improved communications with others
Is it Confidential?
The coaching relationship is a confidential one. 1 Smart Life does record keeping to include your identity, our financial transactions, and also confirming that you have received the coaching services you have requested. Your information is not shared with any outside entity.
Any notes taken are confidential. As stated in the Client Services Agreement, certain topics from a coaching session could be reviewed with other coaching professionals for training and development purposes.
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