Wellness for life and work is supported through holistic life coaching, a catalyst to improving how you experience life where you are right now, while staying true to your values. It can help you re-appraise how to deal with a vexing issue, income earning problems you have been stuck on for a while, or the existential threat to how you want to live presented by the demands of climate change. The aim is to
clarify and deepen an understanding of your life,
consider the challenges you have in living the way you want,
and to explore the possibilities, boundaries and limitations
that will inform an authentic and sustainable resolution to the challenges you are facing in a dual career couple committed to making it work. Especially useful are the possibilities that emerge after thinking about how to use your strengths and skills to live more effectively in your niche of the world.
An ecological approach does not make the nature of how you deal with challenges all about you and the way you think or perceive the world. While you do have to take sole responsibility for resolving many issues, it just seems unlikely you could be solely culpable given the massive over-expansion of the Finance Industry, and the consumerist culture it grows on, in Australia over the last 25 years. So we explore your world and it’s different elements knowing full well there are always limits to what you can be responsible for in the different settings of your life. But within the scope of those limits, there is so much you can do to improve your life on your terms.
An ecological approach
A holistic approach to life coaching emphases the things in your personal niche that are within your control. That can mean accepting many things in your relationships, families, communities and society that will continue to influence your life in sub-optimal ways. So while coaching always begins with your story, and what living your life in your world is like, it tends to gravitate towards those strengths and resources that are available to you, and how you can leverage them to move toward the outcomes you want.
So much of our culture promotes life and people as mechanical and materialistic in ways that can be damaging to our sense of self and the intuitions we need to foster and sustain it. Our thoughts and feelings can be disfigured by the barrage of content promoting values that are opposed to a good way of life. Taking the time to comprehend how your values can be undermined by everyday media and cultural practices often reveals dimensions of everyday stressors that have been under your radar for sometime.
However, limited as we are in what we can change in 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 you can improve your life and move towards a more authentic mode of living that reflects the work-life-balance you aspire to.
Authenticity remains one of the key ways we use to evaluate whether the life we are living is good. 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 personal niche, is their key guide to how well they are doing living authentically. Feeling that we are living well on a day to day basis is grounded in our intuitions about what to do and how to be. Philosophy can be a calibration tool for our intuitions. In that way, as organised religion plays less and less of a role in your life, philosophy can be a useful resource to cultivate and sustain an authentic mode of life.
Life coaching, like any philosophical endeavour is essentially the pursuit of truth and knowledge. It entails some reflection on philosophical texts to support the exercises that initiate the changes in our niche that transform our life. Fortunately we can take advantage of the many films that focus on the sort of challenges in life that often create intense stress or precipitate work life balance problems.
Benefits of life coaching
The dialogues and exercises of life coaching aim to improve your experience of life by reinforcing the mainstays of your wellbeing – life purpose, personal growth, self-acceptance, positive relations with others, autonomy and environmental mastery. Sometimes 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 already spent years wrestling with an obstacle, speeding up the time to resolving it, so you can get on with life the way you want to live it is important. If you have had trouble getting organised to effectively resolve obstacles 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 “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.”