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Total Life Coaching : 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice . . . and Your Life - Patrick Williams

Total Life Coaching

50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance Your Practice . . . and Your Life

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780393704341
Number Of Pages: 350

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It is an interactive experience in which you will find recipes for living your life more authentically, as well as master time-honored lessons that you can bring to your coaching clients. Regardless of the personal coaching techniques or skills you may have learned, you may still not be the most effective coach you can become. This book will help you move closer to that goal.

Life coaching is more than a collection of techniques and skills. It is more than something you do. Life coaching reflects who you are-it is your authentic being in action.Readers of Pat Williams's and Deborah Davis's book, Therapist as Life Coach, know Pat to be a gifted life coach and passionate teacher. Here Pat and colleague and writer, Lloyd J. Thomas, build on this earlier book and share a unique insight into the coaching process, which shows you precisely how to enhance your professional practices through practical and effective life coaching. It also empowers you to change your own lives through use of the practical information and philosophy presented here.

Total Life Coaching is organized into a series of 50 life lessons, and is designed to be either read cover-to-cover or dipped into, as needed, for assistance when conducting a coaching session. Keeping life's processes on the "message and lesson" level makes living and life coaching much easier and more enjoyable. Total Life Coaching guides you step-by-step through the complex process of learning and coaching these fifty important lessons. The lessons are organized into 8 sections: Creating a Personal Identity; Coaching Spirituality and Life Purpose; Coaching Communication Skills; Living Life with Integrity; Success: Clients Achieving their Potential; Coaching Cognitive Skills; Creating High-Quality Relationships; Understanding Your Past to Create a Desired Future.Each lesson is presented as a structured recipe and includes:

  • The life lesson
  • The messages contained within the lesson
  • Coaching objectives for your clients regarding the lesson
  • What you need to know about the lesson to provide the framework for coaching it
  • Coaching methods, exercises, questions, and language for bringing each lesson to your clients
  • Sample coaching conversations that exemplify the coach-client dialogue for the coaching of the lesson.

What you believe about yourself defines who you arep. 9
Updating your belief system is how you learn and requires paradigm-shiftingp. 21
Conscious awareness is the key to successful lifestyle creationp. 31
Your value system guides you toward success or failurep. 41
You are responsible for your standardsp. 45
You protect your "self" by setting and maintaining strong boundariesp. 54
You are responsible for meeting your needsp. 62
Appreciate who you are and your lifestylep. 67
Accurately identify your personal talentsp. 72
Realize and appreciate your spiritual naturep. 81
Your spiritual life is more important than your mental, emotional, or physical lifep. 90
You and your clients are already on spiritual pathsp. 101
When you discover your life's purpose, living becomes meaningfulp. 109
When you know and use the principles of communication, you increase the effectiveness of your ability, to communicatep. 123
The art of listening is a vital communication skill and is fundamental to all interpersonal relationshipsp. 134
Successful communication hinges on how well others understand what you are sayingp. 147
Feedback is a way of giving and receiving communication that assists and enhances your relationshipsp. 152
Competition is primitive; cooperation is better; collaboration is best; and a synergistic relationship is superiorp. 156
Authentic communication in situations involving conflict is a critical relationship skill necessary for growth and changep. 162
Taking responsibility for all of your actions empowers you, strengthens your autonomy, and lets you consciously create your futurep. 175
Honesty is a much greater achievement than always telling the truth. Honesty means you are authentic in everything you think, say, and dop. 180
Anger is a powerful, useful, and natural emotion. Learn how to harness and manage it, and you increase your personal powerp. 186
Being assertive is effective and constructive. Being aggressive is ineffective and destructivep. 192
Empathy is the most powerful and effective element in interpersonal relationshipsp. 199
Sharing is the best way to create effective relationshipsp. 205
Stress does not exist outside of you. You are in charge of your stress level and can learn to manage it to your advantagep. 210
Success is a way of thinking, a consciousness. Achieving success is a subjective perceptionp. 227
Without a vision of your desired future, you allow circumstances to create it for you instead of you creating it yourselfp. 232
Identifying a great number of personal goals and then writing them out is critical to your success in lifep. 236
Strategizing is a valuable skill essential to reaching your goalsp. 243
The attitude you adopt determines whether you are successful in creating a lifestyle you enjoyp. 248
Your level of commitment is absolutely critical to your long-term success and achievementp. 256
A life that is balanced both internally and externally is crucial to creating a satisfying lifep. 261
Living in the present moment is importantp. 270
You are always a leader for someone, especially for yourself. Lead your own chosen lifep. 274
To become an effective leader, you must first become a good follower and teammatep. 284
Your thinking habits are the most powerful tools you have for creating anything you genuinely desirep. 295
Everyone has the ability to develop creative thinking skillsp. 308
Paradoxical thinking is crucial to the full understanding of your worldp. 315
Identifying your learning style, coupled with reinforcement, facilitates all learningp. 319
Succeeding at any endeavor is dependent on the nature and quality of your relationshipp. 331
Accurately, assessing the nature and quality of a current relationship is crucial to changing itp. 339
The nature and quality of all human relationships are determined by the nature and quality of the character of those involvedp. 353
Creating genuine relationships is critical to building a successful lifep. 359
Friendships are a special kind of interpersonal relationship that you must consciously createp. 365
The highest-quality interpersonal relationships are based on lovep. 373
Romance and taking responsibility for your sexual life enriches the primary relationship of couplesp. 381
Resolving conflict in relationships requires a balance of powerp. 389
You can consciously create the kind of relationship you want with family membersp. 399
Appreciating differences and valuing diversity enriches your relationships and your life, and broadens your humanityp. 411
Your personal history is a valuable resource for creating your desired futurep. 421
You can choose to leave a personal legacy that makes a positive differencep. 426
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ISBN: 9780393704341
ISBN-10: 0393704343
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.2 x 21.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.17
Edition Number: 1