Updated: Jul 13
If you are considering training to become a coach, you may be wondering what type of coaching you want to specialize in. Two popular coaching areas are life coaching and spiritual coaching. While both involve helping individuals achieve their goals and find purpose, there are significant differences between the two. So what actually ARE the key differences between a life coach and spiritual coach?
What is a Life Coach?
A life coach is a professional who helps individuals identify and achieve their personal and professional goals. They work with clients to develop action plans and strategies to overcome obstacles that may be hindering their success. A life coach provides guidance, support, and accountability to help clients achieve their desired outcomes. Life coaching is typically focused on the present and future and is aimed at helping clients achieve their goals in a practical and tangible way.
What is a Spiritual Coach?
A spiritual coach is a professional who helps individuals connect with their inner selves and find meaning and purpose in their lives. They work with clients to explore their spirituality and develop a deeper understanding of their beliefs and values. A spiritual coach provides guidance, support, and accountability to help clients on their spiritual journey. Spiritual coaching is focused on the client's inner world and is aimed at helping them find peace, happiness, and fulfillment.
Key differences between a Life Coach and a Spiritual Coach:
Focus: The primary focus of life coaching is to help clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Life coaches work with clients to identify their priorities, develop action plans, and overcome obstacles. The focus of spiritual coaching is to help clients connect with their spirituality and find purpose and meaning in their lives. Spiritual coaches work with clients to explore their beliefs and values and find inner peace and fulfillment.
Methods: Life coaching typically involves a structured approach, with coaches using techniques such as goal setting, action planning, and accountability to help clients achieve their goals. Spiritual coaching, on the other hand, is more open-ended and may involve practices such as meditation, visualization, and energy work to help clients connect with their inner selves and explore their spirituality.
Outcomes: The outcomes of life coaching are typically tangible and measurable, such as achieving a specific goal or improving a specific aspect of life. The outcomes of spiritual coaching are often more subjective, such as finding inner peace, living in alignment with one's values, and experiencing a deeper sense of connection with the world around us.
While there are distinctions and different approaches with Spiritual and Life Coaches, at Starseed Academy, we believe we offer the best of both worlds and one is a more effective coach when they incorporate spirituality into life. Hence why we offer a certification program to train you to become a certified spiritual life coach.
As a Certified Spiritual Life Coach, you will obtain the tools, skills, and techniques to help clients overcome their greatest challenges and achieve their personal and professional goals by incorporating both genres of coaching in one session.
Training and Certification:
While there are no formal regulations for becoming a life coach or spiritual coach, obtaining training and certification through an accredited school will greatly improve your success, skills, and confidence.
There are several non-accredited training programs available that can provide you with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become a coach in either field. However, if you are looking for a reputable organization with an accredited program, this means they have passed a high standard of training and curriculum that will greatly increase your chances of success. Our ICF-Accredited Spiritual Coach Certification Program runs several times a year. You can find out more about our unique, hands-on, business, and coaching support HERE.
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