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Glossary of Terms  

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Awareness

 

B 

Business Coaching 

 

C 

Career Coaching 

Coachable 

Clutter 

Consciousness 

Counseling or Therapy

 

E 

Executive Coaching 

 

F 

Feng Shui 

Formal Meditation 

 

H 

Health

 

I 

Informal Mediation 

Intuition 

 

L 

Life Coaching 

Lifestyle Coaching

 

M 

Meditation 

Mental Clutter 

Mentor 

Mentoring 

Milestone 

Mindfulness 

Motivation

 

N 

Nutrition 

 

P 

Personal Growth 

Physical Clutter 

 

R 

Relationship Coaching 

 

S 

Spirituality 

Stress Management Coaching

 

T 

Therapy 

 

V 

Values 

Vipassana Meditation 

 

W 

Weight Loss Coaching 

Wellbeing Coaching 

Work Life Balance 

 

 

 

Awareness

Most people cruise threw life on automatic pilot with a low level of awareness.   Awareness is integral to responding in a desired way instead of reacting without thought.  In other words awareness helps us to stop or pause and to consciously choose our actions in the moment without reacting automatically out of habit and in a conditioned way. 

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Business Coaching  

This is a very wide and general term for coaching someone in business.  It may be that the client wants to plan a new business, wants to buy a business, or goals related to the current business.  For example business strategy, marketing strategy and planning, staff management, confidence building, communication skills, or stress management.  It happens that even though the coaching begins as business coaching it can lead into personal coaching.   

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Career Coaching 

The client may choose to focus on changing his career, on interpersonal communication skills, on the interview process, on work life balance or any area related to his career.

Coachable

Any person that is ripe for improving their life is coachable.  Coaching can be a very transformative process where any areas of the person’s life are coachable. 

Clutter

Clutter is a disordered or confused state which influences ones effectiveness and influences your life on many different levels: physical, mental, and emotional.   Clearing clutter is an important step in maintaining good Feng Shui,  and can greatly improve many life areas.

Consciousness

This is synonym for awareness.  To be conscious allows us to respond with purpose and intention in the moment.  Consciousness is a state of full awareness.   It allows us to be gentle with ourselves and to grasp the jewel, which is the opportunity for personal growth out of every situation.

Counseling or Therapy 

A client who has a particular problem may go for counseling or therapy to a professional in the particular field of concern. There are many different types of therapy available; Family, Gestalt, Art, Alternative etc. Therapists may work in the present or delve into the past history of the client in order to help the client. This is different to coaching which is goal orientated and not focused on a problem, rather on an area where the client wants to improve on.

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Executive Coaching 

This is one-on-one coaching with a business executive where the executive may set personal or business oriented goals.  Goals vary according the individual and what at that time will make the most difference in the client’s life.  The coaching goals may be set to optimize leadership, management or communication skills of the executive.

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Feng Shui 

This is an ancient Chinese practice of arranging and clearing of your physical surroundings so that Chi or life force energy flows in a way that promotes health, happiness and prosperity.

Formal Meditation 

There are many different kinds of mediation practices.  Some involve movement like Yoga or Tai Chi and some are still and silent like Vipassana.   When one practices formal mediation then usually there is a time set aside during the day for this formal mediation practice.  Formal meditation is self transformative.

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Health

Health is related to many different factors, like ones genes, nutrition, environment, mental and emotional wellbeing.   Medical journals list more than 100 psychosomatic illnesses.  Today, much more weight is given to the affect of our mental state of mind and our emotions and how they impact our health.  

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Informal Mediation 

It is possible to practice awareness in everything we do in our daily lives; for example during eating, drinking, driving, showering, becoming still for a few moments and following your breath.  All activities that make up our lives are an opportunity for us to be present, focused, composed and aware in that moment or that activity.  In this respect it is a form of informal mediation.

Intuition

Intuition is about connecting to your inner voice which is your guide and your wisdom.

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Life Coaching 

A proactive person who wants to attain certain life goals may embark on life coaching.  If we take an example of a persons potential ranging from 1-10 then the person may feel that he is currently a 5 in a certain life area and would like to be an 8.  Life coaching is a process of self inquiry and insight.  It creates clarity, thus shedding light, creating awareness and leading to transformation and positive change.

Life Coach 

A sports coach is someone who helps the sportsman to become a better sportsman.  The top sportsmen have coaches.   When a client wants to reach a higher potential, he may contract a Life Coach to work on a certain life area together with the coach’s encouragement and reflection.  A Life Coach can also reflect to the client certain beliefs that may be preventing the client from advancing in a certain life area.   

Lifestyle Coaching 

This coaching is related to setting goals towards maintaining a healthier and balanced lifestyle.  It is therefore related to taking a look at all the life areas which may be out of balance and also particularly at the clients health, wellbeing and level of fitness.

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Meditation

Meditation is a word that is often misconceived.  Many think it is a state of relaxation that is reached, which can happen, however this is not the main purpose of meditation.  Meditation is a meeting with yourself.   When we meet with ourselves we can encounter various thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.   The practice of meditation assists us in being more conscious and aware of the moments in our life as they unfold and being able to meet them mindfully.  When committed to as a daily practice, It can be most self transformative.

Mental Clutter 

Mental Clutter is related to confusion and disorganization within our thoughts and mindset.   Mental clutter has many negative affects and can influence every client in a different way.  The person may be less focused.  It may lead to procrastination, a difficulty in decision making or a continual questioning of those decisions made.  A monkey-mind is that which is filled of unconscious mental clutter.

Mentor

A mentor is a guide, a coach, someone who has gone down the road you want to travel.

Mentoring

This is about someone who helps you achieve your goals in a non-threatening, productive and supportive way.

Milestone

In coaching, the client will define goals that he wants to achieve.  The coach together with the client may set milestones along the way to monitor and measure the effectiveness of the coaching. 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about paying close attention to each moment in your life in a gently non-judgmental way.  Mindfulness practice can be life transforming as awareness grows, resistance falls away and mindfulness leads to more and more self development.

Motivation

Motivation is important in coaching and in achieving each milestone set.   A client needs to be motivated in order to perform actions that he sets out to do.  Motivation can drop if the action is not in keeping with the client’s values, is too early or too much for the client to do at the particular time, or one selected by the coach and not committed to by the client.  A good coach will check all of this.

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Nutrition

Nutrition or healthy eating is cornerstone to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Nourishing your physical body with a good eating lifestyle leads to a greater sense of wellbeing and a higher level of energy.

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Personal Growth 

Life coaching leads to personal growth.  Often the growth will occur in areas that are not directly worked on together with the coach.  The reason for this is that the client has made a personal pact with himself towards positive change by engaging in the coaching and thus many areas of his life are influenced simultaneously as they are interrelated directly or indirectly.

Physical Clutter  

This is clutter which is related to material physical objects.  This clutter is can be divided into three different categories.  The first is the clutter that is not used and that we do not love.  The second category is disorganization, which means that our physical belongings or that of others around us is in disarray.  The third category is too many things in a small place which is overcrowding and does not allow for room to breath.    Clearing physical clutter can have a remarkable number of positive influences on our lives.

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Relationship Coaching 

Life is all about relationships, in the workplace and in our personal life.  Relationship coaching is about improving these relationships to relate and communicate better with others in our life. 

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Spirituality 

There are many definitions for this.  It is about experiencing life directly with depth and richness within your entire being.   

Stress Management Coaching 

Stress affects us in many ways.  Stress can affect our health, and in the United States has been said to be the number one killer.  Stress affects our decision making, our careers and those we love by our anger, frustration and anxiety which may occur.  In stress management coaching, the coach explores various areas that cause stress in the client’s life and step by step the client creates for himself a path to wellbeing.

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Therapy 

See Counseling

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Values 

Values are an integral part of coaching.   Each individual is lead and encouraged by his values.  Exploration of values is key to the coaching process.  Values are a motivating force in the coaching and for the client.

Vipassana Meditation 

Vipassana meditation is a form of self inquiry and insight.  With continued practice, Vipassana mediation quietens the mind, increases focus, concentration, mindfulness and leads to an inner peace and tranquility within.  

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Weight Loss Coaching 

A client may be overweight and want to focus on this in the coaching.  Both physical and emotional hunger are explored, in other words the reasons behind why you eat and your relationship with food.  When weight loss is achieved then the coaching evolves to maintenance.  It is much easier to loose weight than it is to maintain it and this is the challenge and where real transformation occurs.

Wellbeing Coaching 

Wellbeing is an art.  It’s about living your life in conscious awareness of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.  It’s about checking in continually and making new decisions about what is right for you.  It’s about learning and then knowing how to surf in stormy waters.  Wellbeing is so much more than physical health.  Mental and emotional wellbeing plays just as a high a factor in ones overall wellbeing.   A person who undertakes wellbeing coaching will have a look at all areas of his life and start taking transformative steps towards positive change in his life.

Work Life Balance 

When a client feels that his life is out of balance, that he is overworked and stressed out, or that he does not spend enough time in personal activities in his life and/or with his family then that person may want to be coached in the area of Work life balance.

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