Is there a line between professional coaching and life advice?

It's a virtual line that I see gets more blurred as time goes on, because work and life impact each other so much. It's more about helping people grow and living a fulfilling life. Someone once said to me that “success without fulfillment is failure”. And so it’s important to regularly evaluate where we are in life in terms of our purpose, our goals, what and who is important to us, and so on.  There used to be this notion of work vs life balance. But in my opinion, you have to view it more holistically. I believe that if you're looking after yourself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will be more successful professionally. I don't think you can silo off those two things, your performance at work is impacted by what’s happening in your personal life and vice-versa. For example, I was informally coaching a highly intelligent professional with a very stressful, high-risk job. After about 3 months and a lot of conversations we made some adjustments that made both work less stressful, and home life more enjoyable. The thing is this is always a work in progress. I believe that as we progress in our professional lives and take on more responsibility, the need for a good coach becomes even more important.

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It's a virtual line that I see gets more blurred as time goes on, because work and life impact each other so much. It's more about helping people grow and living a fulfilling life. Someone once said to me that “success without fulfillment is failure”. And so it’s important to regularly evaluate where we are in life in terms of our purpose, our goals, what and who is important to us, and so on.  There used to be this notion of work vs life balance. But in my opinion, you have to view it more holistically. I believe that if you're looking after yourself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will be more successful professionally. I don't think you can silo off those two things, your performance at work is impacted by what’s happening in your personal life and vice-versa. For example, I was informally coaching a highly intelligent professional with a very stressful, high-risk job. After about 3 months and a lot of conversations we made some adjustments that made both work less stressful, and home life more enjoyable. The thing is this is always a work in progress. I believe that as we progress in our professional lives and take on more responsibility, the need for a good coach becomes even more important.
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Anonymous Author
Yes, there is a line that can easily be crossed or blurred.
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