ADVICE: Getting a life coach could help you set a direction later in life.
ADVICE: Getting a life coach could help you set a direction later in life. CONTRIBUTED

Take a life coaching class for perspective in a new phase

LIFE does not stop at retirement according to Anna Louise, a certified Life Coach and tutor with Ipswich U3A.

Anna believes that people in retirement should be able to spend their golden years full of happiness and fulfilment.

Life coaching is not one of these new age ideas as it has been around for a long time. It may not have been called that but coaching as a profession is as old as time.

You only have to look at our great sports people, or musicians and singers who are doing extremely well in their chosen field and you will find they all have or have had a coach of some description. So why not have a coach to help you have a fulfilled and happy life?

Life coaching gives you the accountability you need to implement changes and continue the momentum until you have new, positive, successful habits.

It requires openness, honesty and curiosity. It also requires reflection and taking action between coaching sessions. Life coaching is best described as a discipline that supports an individual's desire to change, and to create a better life for themselves.

At U3A, Anna takes a class of about six people through the issues surrounding their views on their future.

She said life coaching helped people learn more about themselves and realise life doesn't end at retirement.

"In fact there is a lot of life yet to be discovered," she said.

Participants in the class said it made you look at yourself.

"I find it beneficial because the more I look at my life the more I can reassess where I want to be," one participant said.

"I am learning to listen and listening to others, you discover that others have similar issues to you and Anna has the knack of being able to put it all into a different perspective," another participant said.

Anna said it sometimes took another person to help open the mind and discover a different track in life.

"It can be very confronting for some people approaching retirement and life coaching is a way of helping them understand that life still exists, that it doesn't come to a halt with the ending of a career. There is still more life to enjoy post retirement for everyone," she said.

Anna said one of the ways the mind could stay young was to introduce new ideas and concepts.

U3A Ipswich hold Life Coaching classes each Tuesday at the Woodend Nature Centre between 1.30pm and 3pm.

For more information contact U3A Ipswich on 3282 7484 or by email at: u3aipswich@hotmail.com



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