The number one benefit of seeing a life coach is to speed up your personal work on whatever it is you have to change or accept. If you have had trouble getting organised in the past, learning to use your strengths as a framework can dramatically improve your organising outcomes.
Some the benefits from life coaching include:
life coaching “helped me move forward and navigate in life.”
life coaching “ really helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and gave me practical tips to improve myself.”
life coaching “ is great as a provider of outside perspective.”
life coaching “helps me implement action items that bring me closer to realising my goals.”
life coaching “is another support system [it] helps with clarity and motivates me to pursue what I really want in life.”
[my life coach] “was actually recommended to me by my therapist…I’m working with [him] on my career path.”
An ecological approach
A holistic approach to life coaching is characterised by an emphasis on those things within control within your ecological niche, and an acceptance that many things in our relationships, families, communities and society influence elements of our life. So while coaching always begins with your story, and what it is like living your life in your world, it tends to gravitate towards those strengths and resources that are available to you, and how you can leverage them to move you toward the outcomes you desire.
So much of our culture promotes life and people as mechanical and materialistic in ways that can be damaging to our sense of self. Our thoughts and feelings can be disfigured by this barrage of content that promotes values that are opposed to a good way of life.
However, limited as we are in what we can do to change ourselves or our niche, we are not powerless. It is possible to scrutinise our environment and find resources and challenges that can initiate changes in our niche and transform our experience of living in it. In doing that it is possible to improve your life and move towards a more authentic mode of living.
Many people find a harmony between what they believe – the ideas that organise their judgements of the world and their self – and how they act in their ecological niche as an essential guide for how authentically they are living. As organised religion plays less and less or a role in your life, ancient philosophy can be a useful resource for strengthening and authentic mode of life.
Improving your life with Seneca
In Ancient Greece and Rome there were several schools of philosophy. At that time many of those schools considered a philosophy to be good primarily by how it was expressed in the philosophers actions. This way of thinking about philosophy withered many centuries ago, though it has retained a slim thread through the middle ages and into our own time.
The Ancient Roman Seneca provides a substantial work that can be a healthy life coaching resource for reflecting on our ideas, making sense of our lives, and helping us to act on the basis of our ideas. This is especially so when reason and wisdom are routinely diminished in our popular media.
In my life coaching I promote Seneca’s philosophy as an art that helps us to live well. And while Seneca was a Stoic philosopher, it makes little sense to me to become a Stoic in a twenty-first century English speaking nation. What we can learn from Seneca is to evaluate our ideas and especially those ideas that we use to value things we want and pursue.
Like life coaching, the pursuit of truth and knowledge is essential to any philosophical endeavour. It entails some reflection on philosophical texts to support the essential exercises that enable us to transform our life by initiating changes in our ecological niche.