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Why you need this toolbox

some background...

Personal development is critical for personal growth.

According to the research group NPD, in 2019 there were 85,253 personal development books in circulation (based on unique ISNBs). With a predicted CAGR of 11%, this translates into over 100,000 personal development books in circulation today. If you add to that the exploding number of personal development apps, online training services and web sites,
how can you navigate this maze of information? How much of this is truly research based?

What about the Life Coaches themselves?

According to the ICF there are over 70,000 professional Life Coaches globally, with over 30% located in North America (Life Coaching is ranked as the second-fastest growing industry in the USA today). Over 70,000 people willing to take your money.
How do you know who to trust? How do you find a Life Coach that suits your particular needs?

Then there is the question of time.

You live a busy life, full of conflicting priorities. Do you have the time, energy and staying power to figure out what to do first, what to read, what apps to download?

Our own research indicates that while many people recognize the need to live more purposeful lives; to plan and deliver life goals that are critical to themselves, their families and their businesses; for many it is close to impossible to do it alone. There are simply too many choices, and the stakes are too high to take risks. They need some form of guide or Life Coach to support their transformation and to help them manage the process of change and “follow through”.
If the Purposeful Life Toolbox can help even one person find and live their Purposeful Life, with or without the support of a Life Coach, then it has served its purpose.

The Purposeful Life Toolbox and Life Coaching

The Purposeful Life Toolbox is a comprehensive set of exercises and worksheets designed to help you “coach yourself” through the process of creating and living a purposeful life. Each exercise is based on published research with related reading URLs for those that want to explore the topic in more detail. Each exercise includes a video guide, a downloadable PDF and an integrated worksheet, and these worksheets are interconnected with each other to facilitate the overall process of roots, growth and life.

These exercises can support the process of finding and living a purposeful life. However, you may still need or prefer to work with a Life Coach
in parallel
with this process to help you work through your thoughts and discoveries that these exercises may unlock.

It takes some weeks, or even months, to work through these exercises and get the value and insights you need to build your own purposeful life.
This is also where a coach can play an essential role, as your “accountability partner” through this process to help you stay focussed on your goal.

So what is Life Coaching?

Let’s start with some definitions:

As I was taught in 2014
: “Coaching is a process that aims to develop, challenge, support and empower people to reach their full potential, personally and professionally, in a sustainable manner, through the use of questions!” – or “freeing potential through action”: International coaching certification manual - We Create, Lda.

More recently, the International Coaching Federation (ICF), defines coaching as “
partnering with Clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

The key elements of these definitions are that coaching is a process, using questions (and reflective enquiry) to help the client’s thought processes and unlock the potential they already contain – to help them see and then “realise” that potential, to achieve their goals, in a sustainable way.

The Purposeful Life Toolbox is not intended to replace life coaching but as a support to a life coaching engagement. It may also enable a person to self-coach, but at this stage that is an untested hypothesis.

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