Life Coaching

What is Life Coaching?

Life coaching is not about preaching, but rather listening. It’s about helping you unlock your full potential as a human being. If I wanted to preach, I would be reading an eloquent and well-prepared sermon on Sunday. I do not pretend to know the absolute way to the perfect life (if there even is one), but I do know the way to the “good life.” I work to better myself everyday. I am pushed by my own life coach.

Why is it important?

The Shane McCarty of today is a much different one than the child, teenager, and even nineteen year-old Shane that existed only a year ago. I grew up, because I opened up, and listened. I stopped feeding my super ego and succumbed to the idea that I could learn from many individuals outside of my insular network.

How does it work?

I talk and my coach listens. I simply talked about who I wanted to be. I set goals with my life coach. How would you describe a good friend? I would say a friend is someone you can depend on, talk to, and help you. Well, a life coach is not much different.

Why you should not fear…

No pressure. No judgments. Nothing better than help from a coach.

Why do I want to coach?

Again, I don’t know it all. But, I do know how to listen, share my experiences, and force you to reflect. I will never give you advice or suggest a way to go about an issue. Coaches help facilitate the connection between the problem and the solution; the solution is always your decision. The greatest feeling in life is helping those who want it. One of my life goals is to reach a level of self-transcendence. Helping you allows me to get even closer to meeting that need. I always try to reflect on one of my most favorite quotes: “The true testament of a man’s character is what he will do for someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

Maslow's final version, although never popularly accepted

Maslow's (unpublished) Hierarchy of Needs

Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs explains human needs by means of a pyramid. As consumers, we spend thousands of dollars every year on our basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing (physiological). We spend hundreds on doctor visits, gym memberships, and vitamins (safety). After our two basic needs, we tend to focus on the ‘wrong’ things. We spend lavish amounts of money on luxury items, such as televisions and brand clothing (belonging and esteem). Then, we stop before the second most fulfilling level. Self-actualization is a driving force that will ultimately lead to maximizing one’s abilities and determine the path of one’s life. Despite the word self, one cannot reach such a level on his/her own. Life is about the people and experiences. However, our lack of confidence (esteem), not lack of communication skills, deters us from asking for help. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, if one has the confidence and self-esteem to ask for help, he/she can move up the pyramid to the next level. The start of the self-actualization process is the realization that one needs a life coach for guidance and a challenging perspective. According to recent studies, roughly 2% of the entire population ever achieves the level of self-actualization. “If better is possible, good is not enough.” If you want to be better, please consult me for a free session of coaching.

What do Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, and Albert Pujols all have in common?

They are the best.

And each one of them is pushed to reach their full potential by a coach.

“Sometimes people come into your life for a purpose- to teach you a life lesson, help you become who you are, or help you become who you want to be.” I was fortunate to have a life coach come into mine and I want to pay it forward by helping you! I hope my blog helps.

Research (with much more to come):

Rockefeller University psychologist Bruce McEwen, PhD, stated “Social support and social integration can reduce allostatic load” (Reducing stress helps both brain and body).

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3 Responses to “Life Coaching”

  1. Hey, how about sharing your favorite books on this website?

  2. […] Life Coaching […]

  3. I love and live by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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