Online Class: Life Coaching 101

This course will focus on how to be a Life Coach. Life Coaching is an occupation where you work with individuals who wish to make a change in their lives.

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Course Description

Coaching has long been an accepted method of improving performance, specifically in sports.  The excellent results shown in the sports arena have been expanded to those in executive positions in business. 


For the last fifteen to twenty years, many more people have been exposed to the idea of coaching in all aspects of their lives.  Coaches must have the necessary life experiences and communication skills to be totally present to their clients, to really listen to them, and provide a safe arena to express ideas.



This course will focus on how to be a Life Coach. Life Coaching is an occupation where you work with individuals who wish to make a change in their lives.  By working with clients to evaluate their lives on a personal, professional, and spiritual level, you help them to make realistic goals and establish the necessary steps required to reach those goals.


As a life coach, you will join the client in focusing on his or her goals.  Together, you will formulate ways to approach those goals, and in a nonthreatening way help your client be held accountable to those goals. As a life coach, you must be constantly observant and flexible, when one approach to a perceived problem is not working, then you must be able to formulate another approach.  Similarly, if something worked well for a client, your job will be to help your client incorporate that successful approach in other areas of their lives.  Additionally, as a life coach, you will work with your client to identify and name areas of strength and talent and help your client to strengthen those.  Understanding the mechanism of motivation will be the key to your success.

Course Motivation

There is virtually no other occupation in the world that will help you to develop as a person while you work with others to do the same. Those on the road of life coaching are looking to better themselves: in life, at work, and in creating a better balance between the two.

Can Anyone Be a Life Coach? 

Not really. We will discuss the qualifications for being a life coach; and by the time you complete this class, you will know if you are a good candidate for this career. In addition, you will learn a great deal about personal development.

Most people make their first foray into personal development when they are in their mid-30s. Prior to that time, they are very much involved with their lives and themselves. Quite frankly, they thought they were pretty darn good people. They were smart: Others seemed to like them; and, in the case of those who did not, people at a younger age usually decided that they simply did not need them.

Then they entered an occupation that required them to get to know a lot more about people than they did. They were introduced to the term "personal development," and that is when most people finally realize that they are not perfect and that they do, indeed, need some work.

Once people start listening to tapes, going to seminars and presentations, and reading books, they realize that there is a whole lot about themselves and the world that they do not know.

They are shocked! 

What Coaching Is and What Coaching Is Not

Coaching is often compared to psychotherapy or consulting. These assumptions are false. Let us explore the three occupations:

  • In psychotherapy, you usually are focused on past issues and events that affect the person you are today. A psychotherapist works with clients to discover past problems and help them to come to terms with them today.
  • A consultant is an expert who does or should know all the answers to a problem. Businesses hire consultants who know all the reference materials to suggest, the books to read, the software to try. A consultant is focused only on the end result of a problem.
  • Coaching focuses on the present and looks toward the future. As a coach, you and your client are shoulder to shoulder, walking together, viewing a problem from the same perspective; and you encourage your clients to discover within themselves the ability to discover what needs to be done next.


Teacher, Know Thyself: What You Believe in Is Who You Are

Before you begin to coach someone, you really must connect with yourself. In order to bridge the gap between a person and his or her goal, you must first do it with yourself. It is difficult, if not impossible, to ask someone to do work on herself or himself that you have not yet done on yourself.

The journey to a new future begins with you. The relationship you have with yourself is the most crucial relationship there is, and you must understand it before you coach someone else.  

Everything is a direct result of your relationship with yourself. When you know who you are, you send energy proclaiming yourself to the world. Your thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs of yourself become evident to those around you.

You will discover that your emotions, judgments, self worth, and your internal conversations will tell you more about yourself than anyone in the world can tell you. By getting in touch with yourself, you will learn to deal with all your feelings: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Life coaching goes far beyond learning about making choices. It encompasses every interaction you have, from your productivity, use of time, energy, finances, friends, and associates. You will learn to distinguish between your private self and your public self. You will understand with great clarity that you have choices; you can either speak up or remain silent.  

One of the most important things you will learn is that ignoring problems does not make them go away. Ignoring a problem will only widen the separation between the problem and a potential solution.


IntegrityAs a coach, you must have full integrity. The word integrity comes from the Latin word meaning "undivided." An individual with integrity upholds principles and standards at all times, when things are going well and when they are not. In order to have this kind of integrity, you must be aware of your behavior at all times. Most people are not aware, and your job as a coach will be to enlighten them.


Most people tend to react only to the expectations of others. Their entire life is driven by the opinions of other people. We wait with bated breath to see whether we are met with approval or rejection. Most of us are so narrowly focused that we cannot see all possibilities that lie before us.


Embarking on the journey of personal development will open many doors, most of which have remained shut for you. This is a journey that is ongoing. You will learn to always be aware, and to always be growing.

 Where Is Your Passion?


In order to discover what you should be doing with your life, you first need to identify your passion. You will first ask these questions of yourself, and you will find that you will ask every one of your clients similar questions. This is the first step on our journey to self-discovery:



  • Where is your passion?
  • What do you want to do with your life?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Is your life on track? If not, what is not working? Why?
  • Are you good with people?
  • Do you care about other people?
  • What motivates you?
  • What keeps you going when things get difficult?
  • How will this keep others going?

    In order to lead a fulfilling life, you have to identify how you feel about your life and all aspects of it. Most of the time, when we discuss passion, we are talking about what you want to do with your life. Interestingly enough, passion can be found in every corner of our lives. 

    We are passionate about certain people in our lives. We either really like spending time with them or we do not.

    We can be passionate about certain occupations or activities.


    We can be passionate about making a difference in the world. Whatever it is, working to discover your passion will help you assist your client in identifying what his or her passion is.

    As you will discover throughout this course, much of this material will teach you how to coach another individual; but you must first apply this material to yourself. Without mastering yourself, you cannot possibly hope to help another person take command of his or her life.


    What Are Your Talents?

    Because you are interested in becoming a life coach, answer the following questions:


  • What are your talents?
  • How will you use these talents in your coaching business?
  • Are you willing to work hard to develop the necessary talents and abilities?
  • Do you have what it takes to be a life coach?
  • Is your own life in order? If not, what steps are you taking to correct that?
  • Who is your role model?
  • Can you be a good role model for others?
  • Are you good with people?
  • Are you comfortable asking questions?
  • Can you be available to your client and really listen?
  • Can you ask them to work hard?
  • Can you motivate them to work hard?
  • Can you hold them accountable for reaching their goals?
  • Do you have enough ingenuity and flexibility to change direction and try a new approach if one or more approaches do not work?
  • Do you have a winning personality? If not, what are you doing to correct that?
  • Are you truly interested in other people?
  • Do you have charm and charisma?
  • Do people like to spend time with you?
  • Can you take material you have learned and apply it to your situation? To your client's situation?
  • Do you believe in yourself and your message?
  • Can you inspire people to change?

    Being a life coach means you have to live and be your message. You cannot just look like a coach. You have to live it!  

    What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

    What is your definition of happiness? Money? Success? Meaning or purpose? Do these goals change as you age? What is the secret to a happy life?
    Questions. More and more questions.This is what it means to be a life coach. You must be infinitely curious about everything. Asking questions opens the doors that are blocking progress in both your life and in the life of your clients.

    Discovering what you want to be when you grow up is a really great endeavor. Most people are stuck in a life that they are not enjoying. Here is a secret: Life is the real thing, and you get one chance at it. Do not live your life as if you can ask for a do-over.
    Helping people figure out what they want to do with their lives requires that they actually definewhat it means to have a good life, to have achieved happiness. 
    Pleasant life: Many people think that a pleasant life is one in which you always are happy, you get anything you want, and you live in a world of instant pleasure and gratification. Sadly, this is what can be called the "Hollywood Life," the life of superficial appeal. There is no long-lasting happiness to be found when everything is at your beck and call. All pleasure does not equal happiness.
    Good life: Still others define a life as good when they have plenty of money. Studies have shown that once people have enough money for their essential needs and they do not really have to worry about money, having a lot more money never means that they have any more happiness. Therefore, money does not equal happiness.

    Meaningful life: This brings us to the discussion of what a meaningful life means. When a person lives a meaningful life, she or he is living with a sense of purpose. The person has evaluated personal abilities, identified strengths and talents, and put them to full use. Some people are especially determined, others are leaders, and still others express themselves through the arts: painting, drawing, dancing, and singing. What sets these people apart is that they are using these talents to improve the world in some way. 

    Happiness means living a life with purpose and meaning in a way that is making a difference in the world, using all your talents, strengths, and abilities. 
    Do not confuse earning a living with having a life.

    You should be asking yourself the question, "What should I do with my life?" Most of you will answer that your life is too busy or too frenetic to be able to find or define a purpose. Your clients most certainly will answer in this manner. 

    The answer to this problem is to take responsibility for your life. You must use your passion, your strengths, and your talents to their fullest capacity to find happiness in a meaningful and purposeful life. As a coach, you will be helping your clients to work toward that goal.

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    Course Lessons

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    Lesson 1: Life Coaching Basics

    Those on the road of life coaching are looking to better themselves; in life, at work, and in creating a better balance between the two. 40 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Lesson discussions: Life Coaching; Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 1: Life Coaching Basics

    Lesson 2: Responsibilities of a Life Coach

    At least, life coaches do not find it hard while they are coaching a client because they have taught themselves to be wholly and completely involved in the coaching process and do not allow outside thoughts to interfere. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 2: Responsibilities of a Life Coach

    Lesson 3: Integrity and Responsibility

    Being a life coach means you are whole, you have integrity, you are authentic, and you work at your life as hard as you expect your clients to work at theirs. 21 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: People You Admire
    • Assessment: Lesson 3: Integrity and Responsibility

    Lesson 4: Spirituality

    Not to be confused with religion, morality or ethics, spirituality is that yearning inside of us for something greater than ourselves. 37 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 4: Spirituality

    Lesson 5: Communications

    Communication seems as though it should be a very easy task; but in reality, it is one of the most complicated activities we do every day. 38 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment A
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment B
    • Assessment: Lesson 5: Communications

    Lesson 6: Goal Setting

    The most successful people in the world reached that place in life because they learned early in life how to set and achieve their goals. 19 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment - Goal Setting
    • Assessment: Lesson 6: Goal Setting

    Lesson 7: Attitude

    We all want good results from the effort that we put forth. For the most part, we are willing to put in the necessary hard work, and most of us know we have to pay the price to achieve success and happiness. 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Lesson discussions: Attitude
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 7: Attitude

    Lesson 8: Looking Inside

    We are getting to some of the really intense life coaching skills you are going to need in your job. You will have to be encouraging, a sounding board, and a safe haven for your clients. 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 8: Looking Inside

    Lesson 9: Leadership Training

    You also will have clients who need to learn what leadership is about. You will have to help them recognize good leader role models in their lives to use as examples. 37 Total Points
    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 9: Leadership Training

    Lesson 10: Procrastination

    The basic definition of procrastination is putting off doing something that could be done now until a later date and time. What makes this procrastination is that we usually put off essential tasks in favor of doing nonessential tasks. 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Lesson discussions: Procrastination
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 10: Procrastination

    Lesson 11: Overcoming Procrastination

    As we learned in Lesson 10, procrastination is a problem that can affect many areas of our lives. The real truth is that most of us procrastinate about something. 21 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Procrastination
    • Assessment: Lesson 11: Overcoming Procrastination

    Lesson 12: Why We Resist Change

    Scientists at MIT have proven that we repeat certain behaviors because our brain is in a "rut" of sorts. Because of this, it is often very difficult for us to change our behavior. 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 12: Why We Resist Change

    Lesson 13: How to Change

    Change requires some work, a vision, some strategy, and commitment. It requires that you live for today, reflect on the past, and prepare for the future. 38 Total Points
    • Lesson 13 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment A
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment B
    • Assessment: Lesson 13: How to Change

    Lesson 14: Setting Yourself Up to Win

    As implied, personal development is a way for you to develop personally. 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
    • Assessment: Lesson 14: Setting Yourself Up to Win

    Lesson 15: Recognizing Success

    If we do not stop to look at our accomplishments, we could become discouraged because our horizon is just such an imaginary goal that is constantly moving out ahead of us. 62 Total Points
    • Lesson 15 Video
    • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment: Improve a Relationship
    • Assessment: Lesson 15: Recognizing Success
    • Assessment: The Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Define life coaching.
    • Describe responsibilities of a life coach.
    • Summarize why integrity and responsibility is pivotal in the role of a life coach.
    • Describe spirituality implications of life coaching.
    • Summarize the necessary communication skills for life coaching.
    • Define goal setting.
    • Describe attitude.
    • Define leadership training.
    • Describe ways to eliminate procrastination.
    • Recognize why we resist change.
    • Describe methods for embracing change.
    • Recognize and reward success.
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Life Coaching 101
    Course Number: 8900111
    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (7,352 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
    Last Updated: April 2023
    Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
    CEU Value: 1.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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    Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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    Student Testimonials

    • "I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. Not only was it helpful and insightful for a life coaching career but also helpful in my own life. The course material was interesting, engaging, well written, and easy to understand. The instructor was great as well. He was very responsive, supportive, and motivating. Over the years I have taken several interesting and applicable courses with Universal Class. This course was definitely one of the best!" -- Kimberly M.
    • "I found Eston to be very well versed on the subject matter, always giving relevant and constructive feedback on all submissions." -- Kristy H.
    • "The instructor was great giving feedback on each lesson, He also explain what was wrong if you got anything wrong on the test or assignment. Overall he was great." -- Ursula V.
    • "This course was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. The instructor offered a lot of very helpful feedback. I felt like he really challenged me to focus on the course work, dig deep and apply what I have learned from these lessons. I am thankful for this experience!" -- Annileen W.
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