Life coaching is not examining the client’s past, does not believe the client needs ‘fixing’, does not involve giving advice or solving the client’s problem for them. As a life coach, you don’t have to be an expert on the client’s life. You just need to know what process to take the client through to help them experience life more closely to their ideal. One of the methods that is used worldwide by 1000’s of coaches is called the G.R.O.W. Model. Originally developed by Sir John Whitmore, it provides a simple yet effective guide for progressing through a life coaching session, so that the client arrives at an outcome that suits them. The acronym G.R.O.W. laid out is the following:
The goals are what we want to achieve, be it a specific project, a life goal, something to do with ongoing change, like health or a more challenging goal, like a change in a belief or lifelong bad habit that the client wants to change. The idea is to state the goal – the desired state – in positive, as if now terms The S.M.A.R.T. Model for goal setting is good for this.
The reality is the exploration of where the client is right now. This would look at what the current situation is, the resources available to them to achieve their goal, the resources that are missing that would be needed to complete the achievement and the reason why this needs to change.
The options is where we look at what we have available to us in terms of actions or changes that can be made to achieve the goal. This may include different choices, different behaviours, and stopping doing things that are no longer working.
This is where the client commits to a way forward. This is where they decide what actual action steps they will take, and what they will either stop or start doing. This model is used in a basic life coaching session with a client. The session takes around 30 to 45 minutes and will be resolved when the client has agreed to what they will commit to do.