Becoming a Spiritual Life Coach Doesn’t Mean You Need to Be Religious
“Spirituality begins with a reverence for the ordinary that can lead us to insights and experiences that are anything but ordinary.” ~ Sam Harris
Do you love your life, your career, and yourself? Do you feel satisfied, fully alive with a sense of meaning and purpose? Do you feel connected and engaged with the world around you and with something greater than yourself? Isn’t that’s what we and your coaching clients want…yet, getting there isn’t always so easy.
There’s so much talk about a work-life balance. However, having these segments of your life properly proportioned isn’t the key to living a full and meaningful life. Life isn’t about quantity. It’s about quality. To feel engaged with yourself and your world requires that you feel fulfilled in what you do and who you are. It means recognizing, nurturing, and freely owning your spirituality.
Being spiritual isn’t the same as being religious. While for many, their spirituality is deeply connected to a religious belief system, others pursue a personal spirituality outside of a traditional religious system. As life coaches, we support our clients in the choices that feel best to them. We can all be spiritual as we connect with others, ourselves, and our world. We can all have spiritually enlightening experiences in our lives every day. Take for example, within the realm of the workplace…
Shriram Darbha, Head of HR for BSE Limited (Bombay Stock Exchange), spoke at the 2013 World HR Congress in Mumbai, India about spirituality in the workplace. He equated employee engagement with spirituality and laments that those living in the western culture feel there’s no connection between spirituality and work. He said a spiritual workforce is the most engaged and productive of all. He explained…
“Spirituality is the moment when people feel in relationship with the deepest meanings or powers governing life. It’s the deep sense of love and gratitude when the work they do is personally satisfying and meaningful for others. In these moments, they feel connected to others, to the planet, to beauty, and with whatever forces are beyond what can be seen.”
That engaged feeling is spirituality. No matter how committed or responsible a person feels, he or she will become bored, disappointed, unmotivated or resentful if the spirit is not nurtured.
As you are becoming a spiritual life coach, how can you help the clients you work with develop a stronger sense of their own spirituality?
- Help your clients be empowered by their core values as they work towards goals that are both personally and professionally meaningful.
- Help them connect the inner self and personal passions with the day-to-day work.
- Help them reflect on when they feel fully alive and full, whether at work and at home.
- Help them extend this spirituality toward others, as they assist employees, friends and family to find meaning in their work and fulfillment in their relationships.
- Help them grow in wisdom and their sense of wonder and delight as you speak of loving, hopeful and inspiring things.
Rather than focusing on the results of achieving job goals and performance benchmarks as a transactional coach would, focus instead on the spiritual growth and fulfillment of each client. As they achieve that feeling of satisfaction and expansion, their performance will increase as a natural consequence – without the pressure to perform. That’s how nurturing and supporting the spirit of the person makes magic happen. Their skills blossom to naturally support organizational objectives, resulting in extraordinary payoffs.
Those who are becoming spiritual life coaches and who specialize in assisting leaders to excel must first remember to model the behavior you expect from others. Start with your own sense of connection and willingness to laugh at yourself, not taking yourself too seriously. Embrace the journey of spiritual growth, not expecting perfection. Then your energy will be as profound as your coaching. If you want to enhance your skills, grab a copy of our free report, “Why Spiritually Inspired Life Coaches have the best job, and how you can too!”