Self-Life Coaching Exercises to Help Your Coaching Clients Move Forward

Regardless of what your coaching niche might be, the self life coaching exercises in this article will prove helpful to your coaching clients.  

 Self Life Coaching Exercises: The Advantages

There are several tools in the coach’s toolbox that are beneficial to your coaching clients. The standard toolkit will include coaching methods, instructional tools, resources, and coaching exercises.  

Self life coaching exercises are one of the most valuable tools found in the coach’s toolkit.  These exercises can assist your coaching clients in making the necessary improvements in their personal as well as professional lives.

For the clients, these exercises are done at their convenience. Clients should pick the life coaching exercises that will be more appropriate for their specific needs so that the desired outcome for their situation is achieved.

For the life coach, these coaching exercises will enable them to support their clients in taking positive steps towards moving forward. 

Helpful Self Life Coaching Exercises For The Client

Here are a few life coaching exercises that your clients can benefit from:

1. The Wheel of Life – It’s a simple and easy-to-use exercise that can help clients find out which areas of their lives are most satisfying and where they would like to focus attention on improving their quality of life

2.  Boost Your Strengths – In this exercise, find out what your strengths are and come up with an action plan to help your development them even further.  You can ask yourself the following questions after figuring out what your strengths or strengths are.

How could I use this strength (for example, I work great under pressure) more in my job or personal life?

  •   How could I turn this strength into an opportunity?
  • Where could I use this strength to make a difference in my life?
  •   What ideas have I had that I have not utilized yet?

3. Setting Goals in Personal or Professional Life – This exercise is ideal for helping to create desired goals and related actions.  In setting goals, the SMART goal is always recommended. The acronym for SMART is:

S – Specific

M – Measurable and Motivational

A – Achievable

R – Realistic and relevant

T – Time frame

Question and Directions to The Client:

 I.  What outcomes you would like to achieve in the next 3-6 months. 

The word “outcome” refers to a change in your feelings or relationship or satisfaction in a particular area. Write down 1-3 crucial outcomes that you would like to move towards:

II. Next, set yourself a Personal Goal that meets the SMART requirements above that you want to aim to achieve within a specified time, which you believe will help you towards the outcome:

III. Finally, list below the Actions that you will start on within the next two weeks to help you begin to move towards each goal. For each action, you need to specify what it is, when you will do it & which goal it is relevant to:

  (This second exercise is extracted from David Bonham-Carter’s ebook,50 Life Coaching Exercises)

 4.    Keep a Daily or Weekly Diary – This is a fast and straightforward way for clients to see themselves moving forward is to keep a daily or weekly diary. I use this often with my clients. A journal or diary will also help your client identify habits and patterns for both positive and negative feelings. Keeping a diary is ideal for life coaching clients, especially those struggling with stress and some anxiety in their lives. 

In the exercise, the client has to commit to keeping a diary. Clients have the option of logging daily or weekly entries. Most of my clients find it helpful, making entries a few times weekly, and then we talk about it at the next session. The goal is for them to make the entries at least weekly, and later, in the following month, they look at what progress has been made. They become aware of any routine or patterns they have developed.

Sample Questions Clients Can Ask Themselves

  •      What did I enjoy most about my day or week?
  •      What did I learn today or this week?
  •       What activity or situation (positive or negative) impacted my week or day? 
  •       What would I need to do differently about my day or week?

I have found David Bonham- Carter’s eBook, 50 Life Coaching Exercises to be an excellent resource for every coach who is looking for helpful and practical self-life coaching exercises to support their clients. 
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Margaret K. Olubiyi 
Life Coach
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community”

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