Business in leisure and life coaching has a bright future

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In next 50 years, the longevity revolution will be in full swing. The world will be obsessed with the latest, most novel genetic enhancement to revitalize and extend lives. Retrofitting which means addition of new technologies to the older system genome for a new appearance, for a newer look will be the fashion statement, people will be busier with newer hobbies, and obviously the scenario of the society will be all different. Due to the medical innovations when people will live longer, they might crave for more than just the late 21st century version of adventure, including the requisite trip to space or a month on Moon or Mars Colony excursion. They will want to continually reinvent themselves and their potential. People will want more leisure time. It will be the key to man´s future. Therefore, careers in leisure have a great future, and the range is far too big.

In fact even today people have started giving more importance to leisure. People understand happiness is more important for good health. Mental wellness is an important part of our overall health and it improves our physical well-being. Participating in leisure and recreation activities can help in managing stress and reduce depression. Leisure provides the chance to find balance in life. A family outing is beneficial for kids because parents showcase healthy ways to handle stress and emotions. Participating in leisure activities regularly reduces depression; in fact, just thinking about past outdoor recreation experiences can elevate mood.

Each one spends his leisure time in different ways depending on what each one likes to do more. But, in regard to the question as to whether the good use of leisure time is the key to man´s future, I think that we can take advantage the leisure time doing something that we like to do while this activity helps us in total physical and mental rejuvenation.

future2There are a wide variety of professional career opportunities in the leisure and recreation. Tourism is the most vibrant field. It is the most vital economic activity. And the sector offers big range of career opportunities. Life coaching can be linked with leisure. Life coaching is a type of coaching, or counseling that can be used to help people who are in major transition phases in their lives. Professionals in this field often try to help people plan goals and takes steps to realize those goals. Simply put, a life coach offers advice and guidance to deal with change that will put their clients on a path to success. They help to start taking actions in the areas of life that one wishes to change. A life coach guides through the process by asking questions that helps an individual to evaluate and decide which steps to take in order to reach his/her goal or make an important change. They play the important roles of motivator, strategist and accountability partner.

Each one spends the leisure time doing they want to do, but there are a lot of activities which we can do and furthermore get benefits. Each moment has value and we should not waste it. Not everyone looks forward to life changes, however, and some may have a hard time coping with them. Unfortunately, those who can’t or won’t change will often miss out on improving their lives. Some may even need help with these changes.

There might be a number of reasons why a person might seek the guidance of a professional life coach. For instance, they might be stuck in a rut in their lives and looking for a way to move forward. Others, however, seek the guidance of life coaches for help at different turning points in their lives, such as: higher studies, starting a career, advancing a career, buying a home, coping with divorce, reorganizing financial goals, advancement in career, hobby etc.

Life coaching clients might also be looking for guidance on personal goals as well, like losing weight or getting healthier, changing look, leadership style, soft skills etc. There are certain traits and skills that an individual should possess in order to succeed in a life coaching career. Life coaches should be energetic, inspiring, motivational, and organized. Excellent listening and communication skills are also a must. It is a serious job. The life coach needs to be compassionate too. The field of life coaching has been around for years. It became more popular during the 1970’s and 1980’s, however, as it took on the form of executive coaching, or business coaching, it concentrates on fewer aspects. This type of coaching is often used to help executives and CEOs communicate better with their underlings and further their careers. In the 1990’s, business coaching started to make the transition to general life coaching. Today, life coaching is available and useful for everyone, not just executives, and the field is growing steadily.

future3The movie ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ in 1975 shows veteran actor Ashok Kumar in the role of life coach. He coaches a painfully shy young man Arun Pradeep (Amol Palekar), who lacks self-confidence and fails to stand up for his convictions, in the process letting all and sundry walk all over him. He falls for Prabha Narayan (Vidya Sinha) at the bus stop, and its love at first sight….. He lacks enough courage and is unsure if his feelings could be reciprocated. Ashok Kumar who plays Colonel Julius Wilfred Nagendranath Singh instills confidence and guides Arun (Amol Palekar) to gain confidence in himself. Arun learns some important lessons of life, which he did not at home because he was the sole child of his parents and he was spoiled enough not to think of realities of the world.

We are entering an era where value sets are shifting. A cognitive shift in which new lifestyle choices and business models will emerge is already taking place. We all know that money alone can’t buy happiness; when we become vulnerable, we start looking elsewhere for emotional well-being and greater meaning in every aspect of life. This brings huge opportunities in both areas leisure and life coaching since people want to achieve higher levels of personal fulfilment. Life coaches help people to search their happiness map. Empathy is a vital factor to facilitate, educate and inspire that journey.  Trust me friends, it is also the fundamental driver to the 21st century’s striving businesses and societies. People simply want empowerment, and with that personal well-being, has become a new religion already informing lifestyle preferences.

Enlightened Gurus are in demand. People throng to yogis. The list of ‘so called’ yogis is illustrious and long. While real Gurus advocate simplicity, austerity and spirituality, the new Swamis play different rules and which have evolved a completely new value system. But they claim to be leaders of these virtues. Modern gurus harbor a fondness for money, sex, or fame a few love to even apply the political axe, while many have been backed with corporate connection. The Swami-startup list is growing. The complexities of life lays a fertile foundation for a Guru/Baba start-up. Given the multiple problems faced by people, the global quest for spirituality is growing.

Our society is both fast and slow; we are seeking efficiency and material accomplishment on the one hand, and quality of life and meaning on the other. To balance these contrasts, it is essential to practice introspection at each stage in life. For a long time society has banked on left-brain thinking only, relying on quantifiable data, while starving the more visionary right side of the brain, which is informed by intuition and imagination. These factors contribute to the bright future of leisure and life coaching.

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