According to Joe Pane, Senior Coach & Head Trainer at The Coaching Institute, coaching is not about solving problems; it is about changing the thinking that creates problems in the first place.
Life coaching is different from therapy; as a coach, you focus on what can be improved, what can change and how to achieve goals. Rather than focussing on problems, you offer your client a way to create a solution for the future.
It isn't therapy. We're not looking to diagnose and fix them, it's nothing like that. It's absolutely a relationship where you're going to be arm in arm next to your clients and walk with them.
You can suggest the pitfalls and point out where they're perhaps going off the track, and help guide them to a territory, where it's going to be rich and fertile with opportunities for what they want to experience. You're going to encourage, nurture, help your clients grow and transform.
The path behind becomes history, a new path that's never been explored before begins to reveal. Sometimes there are obstacles and setbacks to be overcome, so your clients can learn about facing adversity differently.
Or you might be there to guide your client as they go through a setback where they weren't their best selves they wanted to be and you'll be part of that journey with them as they reoriented themselves.