Why Life Coaching?

We live in troubled times. A year into the current financial crisis, most of us know that this is not just another everyday challenge.

The world as most of us knew it has been upended. Whether it is a new reality or a new normal people have lost their bearings. They know they have to revise their life plans; they are not sure how.

How do you develop a new plan for the future when the future is uncertain? How do you develop a strategy for coping in the present? How do you find direction when the old verities and certainties no longer seem to apply?

It isn’t just business. When the economy falls into a deep recession families feel the strain. Good relationships become frayed and tenuous. People feel forced to put off marriage and children.

In New York emotions shift from anxiety to complacency to anxiety. People wonder if the worst is behind them or ahead of them. They breathe a sign of relief for having weathered the storm, and then begin to worry about the next crisis or calamity.

In these troubled times people are turning to coaches to help them see their way through. Even therapists are often doing more coaching than therapy.

At the least, most people understand that it is best not to go it alone.

Life coaching is a relatively new field. Athletes have always had coaches to help them to play at their best. The same applies to acting coaches, singing coaches, and business coaches.

A life coach will help you to manage your dating life, your relationships, your marriage, and/or your career. He or she will show you how to be your best, to do your best, and to seek out the best in others. You will learn how to negotiate disputes, how to solve problems, how to forge alliances, and how to act ethically.

A life coach can wear many hats. He can be a business coach, an executive coach, a relationship coach, a marriage coach. His focus will always be on the human interactions that constitute your social world.

Coaches help you deal with people‚ in business, in college, in relationships, in marriages.

Coaches often come from different backgrounds. Some have a background in business; some have been consultants; some have practiced a profession, like psychotherapy.

Among the latter is Stuart Schneiderman a New York based life coach specializing in Executive Coaching and Relationship Coaching.

Stuart writes about current cultural and social issues on his blog: Had Enough Therapy?

Stuart Schneiderman is available for corporate and educational seminars and lectures on a variety of topics ranging from Negotiation & Conflict Resolution to issues of Shame or Guilt. To learn more go to Lectures & Seminars.