The International Coach Federation states:
Myles Downey, in his book Effective Coaching defines it on page 15 like this:
Fiona Harrold's alternative (from her website) says:
Basically, life coaching is a conversation between a coach and a client, usually undertaken face to face or by telephone. That conversation helps you to reach an intended outcome or goal. Through this partnership the coach and the client can examine the obstacles to the goal, such as money, other people, commitments, or even transport and how to overcome them. Together you and I will examine self-limiting beliefs, fears, negative emotions and poor self-image and track from where they have arisen in your internal world and why they are holding you back.