Thursday, December 16, 2010

Life Coaching for Teens: Increased Self-esteem, Confidence, and Motivation

By: Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA

Many parents have the ability to grant their children access to high quality education, tutoring, instructive video games, athletic coaching, and other extraordinary opportunities to help their teens become happy and successful adults.

Despite these many advantages, it appears parents are not seeing the desired results in their offspring. Contrary to their expectations, parents are noticing their children experiencing low-self esteem and confidence levels that are impacting their levels of motivation to live up to their full potential.

Fortunately, parents are now learning the benefits of Life Coaching for teenagers as a means to help their children increase self-esteem, confidence and motivation to succeed. A Teen Coach can provide guidance to youth that can make the difference between a negative and positive result for the child.

Life coaching for teenagers addresses issues such as:

Purpose: Everyone was born with a purpose on life. Unfortunately, many people live their entire lives without ever understanding this. Those who are in touch with their purpose in life are happier and more successful.

Values: Values are what is important to us. They guide our actions, direct our lives, and affect the decisions we make. The trick is to figure out who we are, what is important to us, and what kind of a life we want to live. Unless we are aware of our values, we’ll likely behave in contradiction to what is important to us and how we would like to live our lives.

Habits: Habitual behaviour can be hard to identify because we are not always aware of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. A teen coach will help teens recognize the negative habits and guide them to replace them with good habits.

Lack of responsibility and accountability: Accepting responsibility for our actions gives us power and control over our life. Early exposure to the significance of responsibility and accountability teaches teens how their choices determine the results they experience. This knowledge empowers teens to shape their life in whatever way they want.

Limiting self-beliefs: Negative expectations will limit the level of success we achieve. According to self-fulfilling prophecy, we alter our actions so that we behave consistently with our beliefs or expectations of ourselves. While teens are trying to figure out who they are it is easy to adopt self-limiting beliefs about themselves based on what others think of them and the setbacks they experience. Teen coaches address this line of thought and guide teens to replace self-limiting beliefs with self-empowering ones.

By learning these concepts, teens gain a sense of control over their lives leading to an increase in their self-esteem and confidence levels and their motivation to succeed.

The teenage years can and should be used as training ground for adult life. Positive habits developed during adolescence are likely to stick around into adulthood. In addition, adolescence is an excellent time for youth to start thinking about their purpose and direction in life.

For more information about Life Coaching for Teenagers, contact Teen Coach in Toronto, Ivana Pejakovic, and learn how life coaching can benefit your teen or young adult.

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