Life Coaching Skill Development: Becoming a Mindful Coach
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Life Coaching Skill Development: Becoming a Mindful Coach

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

Life always gets in the way. We are always so busy. And most of us are caught up in being busy and don’t notice what’s around us or what we are actually living.

Because of that, we miss most of life. Sad, isn’t it?

We all have only one life to live and if we constantly stay busy and are not able to find the time to resonate with life and truly enjoy it — life will pass us by so fast and you won’t even realize what you’ve missed until the time is gone.

This is where mindfulness comes into play. 

Mindfulness is about learning to be present for yourself and in your own life. It is a state of being that a life coach can and will help you to maintain calm and peace.

It is also an elegant way of attending and witnessing life through your full senses. Being mindful means experiencing the “here and now”, so that you can choose your thoughts, your actions and realize your negative habits to stop them, process past hurts and emotional grudges that are holding you, and not allowing these to take control of your one and only life. What do we say? Life coaching starts with the self.

Steps Towards Building a Mindfulness Practice for Life Coaches

Being mindful is a way of taking non-judgmental attention. Developing a mindfulness practice helps one to build and maintain a “transformational coaching presence” that is peaceful, objective, accepting, and detached.

Create rituals.

Daily rituals will help you to empty your mind and body after your life coaching sessions and outside your coaching practice as well.

Breathe.

Breathing is an important channel of connecting to our souls and body. Ask yourself powerful coaching questions to explore about the link between your breathing, your body, and soul.

Listen.

ICF-certified life coaches are trained in developing active listening practice. Give your attention to what other people are saying and not will help your perception and give you a chance to filter mindfully.

Have quiet time.

Even if it’s for 10 minutes — make an effort to stay alone and have a quiet time with yourself every day.

Listen to a peaceful piece of music every day.

This will relax your neurons and help you to get day’s stress out of your system on a regular basis.

Make art.

Making art provides an aesthetic experience to come to our senses and help us to perceive our inner and outer world in a more intuitive way.

Appreciate your achievements even small wins on a daily basis.

When you take the time to appreciate your small wins, it gives you a boost of dopamine and it reminds you that you did a good job. If not you will just go about your days just doing and not appreciating the progress you have made.

Keep a gratitude diary or journal.

List at least five things that you are grateful for every night (family, health, job, people around you, nature, the beautiful movie you just watched, money, creativity…).

These might seem like small things you can do but trust us when we say that it all adds up in the long run.

If you are interested in becoming a life coach yourself, feel free to email us at info@flowcoachinginstitute.com to learn more about our ICF-certified life coaching programs today.

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