Frequently asked questions about personal life coaching
Do you guarantee results from your life coaching?
Yes. Be Happy in LIFE guarantees that if you follow your goals and action steps, open yourself fully to your coaching and dedicate enough time and effort, you will get great results from your life coaching. We use many effective ways to coach you towards that. Every session, you will learn a different technique and we will give you extra work to incorporate the new learning into your life.
With a track record of thousands of clients, we are confident that this program will help you make a change in your life towards your desired results.
Do you guarantee the privacy of my information?
Absolutely! Be Happy in LIFE guarantees never to use your details or anything you say without getting your permission first. At the end of the program, you will be asked to write your feedback and you can choose whether you want this information to stay confidential or not.
Do I need to sign a life coaching contract?
Yes. A life coaching agreement is a good way to help our clients feel that they will get a quality service, but also to get commitment from them, which is essential. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions for a successful delivery of the life coaching service and for achieving results. Be Happy in LIFE uses a simple but comprehensive agreement as a good foundation for your life coaching adventure.
What is the difference between life coaching and counselling?
Counselling is a past-focused discipline, in which the counsellor identifies the reasons for the person’s feelings and behaviours and offers ways to handle a particular issue. Unfortunately, this often gives the client a label, e.g. “I’m depressed”, which they use to justify their actions and thereby limit their ability to change.
Some clients come to us after experiencing counselling when they get tired of having reasons and excuses and want to move forward.
In life coaching, we do not dwell on the reasons, because we want to avoid this negative outcome. Instead, we focus on the future, because no matter what has happened in the past, any person can make it better and learn to achieve, grow and be happy.
What is the difference between life coaching and teaching or educating?
Education is typically about giving information or introducing knowledge and skills about specific topics. Some parts of our program consist of teaching – passing on the knowledge of human behaviour, success and happiness. Many clients are very good at memorising that knowledge and some of them already have that knowledge, yet they find it hard to use this knowledge to make a change.
Have you ever said, “I know what I need to do, but don’t know how?” How many times have you read an awesome book and said, “I will make a change NOW”, and after three days, you have lost that motivation? You are not alone. Many people experience the same thing.
Everyone can benefit from learning about the way our brain works and the theories and research available to help us achieve happiness. The knowledge is applicable to everyone, but not everyone can implement it.
Life coaching is more than teaching. It gives you the knowledge of what you need to do, the tools that help you do it and the support and guidance you need along the way until you gain control over your mind, body and soul. Your life coach will stay with you as long as you want and help you implement those new skills.
Life coaching deals with the things that are important to you, not to anybody else. This makes life coaching incredibly effective, because you can see positive results right away and this encourages you to continue, so you get better and better results. At the same time, your confidence grows, until you feel you can handle just about anything, and then you are happy.
What’s special about the Be Happy in LIFE coaching program?
At Be Happy in LIFE, we believe that our internal world is reflected by the world around us. This means that we must first become who we want to be and the results will follow. We also believe that other people are key to our success and happiness in life. This means that if we learn to give others what they want, through strong relationships, they will give us what we want. In fact, they will go out of their way to make us successful and happy.
We have done extensive research on communication styles, love languages, motivation and rapport building and added these powerful tools to our life coaching toolkit. Time and time again, we see how these tools help our clients come to terms with who they are (“I’m OK”), who they are dealing with (“You’re OK”) and how to relate effectively. They also learn to “store” positiveness and love during good times for “emotional winters”, when these reserves come in handy.
Our life coaching program is holistic and long-term focused. We work with you to build your emotional intelligence and then teach you how to sustain and even enhance the positive changes in yourself and your environment. In a sense, you become your own life coach. This combination ensures your change and growth long after the life coaching is over.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
What is your professional background?
Ronit is an educator, life coach, author, journalist and justice of peace. She is an international speaker and presenter and has been writing, coaching and teaching emotional intelligence techniques for 27 years around the world (USA, Israel, Thailand, Singapore & Australia). She has developed a range of workshops, presentations, and special programs, which have been hugely successful and have touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
Ronit is currently teaching at the University of Queensland and training for the Institute of Public Administrators (IPAA) Queensland. She is the State director of the Together for Humanity Foundation and was the Global Citizenship School program director. She has conducted many motivational presentations and workshops on personal development, excellence in teaching, relationship and parenting in Australia and overseas.
Ronit is an experienced and powerful presenter, delivering inspiring messages of motivation, happiness, love, respect, determination and success to the people who attend her workshops. In the last 4 years alone, she ran workshop, training days, was a keynote speaker and presented to over 57.000 people.
For her community work, she was nominated twice for the Australian of the year and for the international women peace award by the women federation for world peace.
Ronit has helped many people, young and old turbo-charge their lives, establish great relationships, find their purpose and discover the joys of a successful life. Her writing was published by educational magazines in Australia and around the world and her blog Family Matters is a great practical resource for parents and teachers, already containing over 1,000 articles on personal development, emotional intelligence, education, relationships, family life and parenting. This blog was launched in 2004 and attracts thousands of readers from around the world each month.
Ronit thinks that people can (and should) live a happy life by learning basic emotional skills to manage their feelings and actions and to take charge of their life and that parents and teachers are very important agents in this process.
Emotional intelligence is the key to success in life and all other aspects of life are just side effects of our ability to recognize and manage our feelings. Luckily, with the help of of our Be Happy in LIFE program, internal motivation can be developed so you can use the key to the doors to endless possibilities.
Do I need to commit to a certain number of life coaching sessions?
No. In many life coaching arrangements, you will be asked to commit to 3, 5, 10 or more life coaching sessions and pay for them in advance. We believe that your commitment is essential to your success, but we are confident in our ability to give you tremendous value with our life coaching without advance payment.
Commitment to an unknown journey defeats the purpose of our life coaching program, because it takes away control rather than giving it all to you. We want you to come to our life coaching sessions because you see the value, not because we hold the money you have paid in advance.
In our life coaching agreement, you commit only to doing your best for yourself and paying for the sessions that you receive. You may stop at any stage. In fact, after 7-8 sessions, we prepare our clients for separation and ask them after every session if they still think they need to come.
How many life coaching sessions do I need?
The life coaching program contains 25 modules that are matched to each client based on their needs. We recommend that you complete the first 4 sessions, by which time you will be well on your way to gain control over your life. On average, our clients have 10 sessions over the course of a year, but you can choose what suits you best.
Our goal is to make sure your program is short so you do not create a dependency. The more you use therapists, the more inadequate you may feel, which is the opposite of what life coaching is all about (empowerment). The more quickly you reach your goal, the more successful we see ourselves and you have full control over the number of session you want to use.
How long is each life coaching session?
Life coaching sessions take about 90 minutes, but we ask that you allow for 2 hours. We do not believe in “one size fits all” and we will not stop the session because the time is up. If we are in the middle of something important, we will take the time to complete the session, even if that extends the time.
How often will I meet my life coach?
Most of our coaching clients want to start seeing results quickly and we believe that gradual, steady improvement is much more permanent so we have scheduled he session to increase the gap. To help our clients stay motivated and incorporate their learning into their daily life, we have designed the program to increase the gaps between the sessions gradually.
- The gap between sessions 1 and 2 is about 2 weeks.
- The gap between sessions 2 and 3 is about 3 weeks
- The gap between sessions 3 and 4 is about 4 weeks.
If you do the calculation you will find that it will require a whole year to complete 10 sessions. All clients, even those wanting to “speed” the process and meet every week end up extending the gaps between the sessions. We believe this is a healthy process and a sign of growth, independence and confidence and around session 4 we encourage our clients to take control over their growth and development and determine their desired gap.
No, not everyone is the same and not everyone is 100% comfortable with increasing the gaps in between sessions, this is why the coach will be in email or phone contact with the clients to assess if the gap is healthy or too long. If things happen in between and you need to see your coach earlier, you will be able to contact your coach and re-schedule your session to suite your needs. In between sessions your life coach will provide ongoing support outside the sessions and encourage you to spend as much time as you feel comfortable exploring and integrating your new skills.
Where will I meet my life coach?
We live in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland in Australia. Clients come to us from New South Wales, from the Sunshine Coast and from Toowoomba.
What if I don’t live in Brisbane, in Queensland or even in Australia?
You can live anywhere around the world and choose to receive your life coaching over Skype or email.
Aren’t you afraid that if clients become each other’s coaches, they will not use your services anymore?
No. We think that dependency contradicts self-control, empowerment and responsibility. We feel that we are successful when our clients have established a life coaching mentality and are masters of communication.
Often, people around the client need help too and having a coaching mentality can help explain to those people how to support the client’s change. We are sure that difficulties and challenges will be part of your life and push you off course. Having the right tools, the right habits and the right mentality will help you coach yourself back on track. Some coaches believe we are giving away trade secrets, but we think everyone should know how to be happy in life.
Also, we did not invent all this information. It has been there for many years, spoken and written by the biggest philosophers of all times. There is no magic ingredient. We just know how to combine everything and present it in an easy and effective way and we are happy to share the recipe with everyone.
We offer a free personal development blog, coaching workshops, presentations, motivational speaking and books to share our knowledge with as many people as possible. If every life coaching client can help 5 more people, we can easily make the world a better place. We are not afraid, we are happy to welcome more people into the Be Happy in LIFE family, to help spread happiness, love, caring, acceptance and success in our world.
What happens once I submit an inquiry?
Once you submit an inquiry, you will be emailed a link to our online self-assessment, where you will enter important information your coach needs to assess weather the program is suitable for you and how to approach it best.
If you intend to come with your partner, make sure each of you fill in a separate form.
Please check your contact details as these will be your first communication channels with your coach. Once your coach received the forms, you will be contacted within 3 business days by phone or email to schedule your first life coaching session.
What is the price of the personal life coaching program?
Each life coaching session costs AUD231 for one person and AUD275 for two.
All prices include GST.
You will receive a tax invoice (receipt) at the end of every session. If your life coaching is related to your work or business, you may be able to deduct some or all of your life coaching costs from your taxes. Please consult your tax adviser about your particular circumstances.
What are my payment options?
Payment is expected per session, without the need to commit. You pay as you go.
- Direct payment (preferred) – payment must be made before each session and transaction receipt emailed to the coach or presented at the session
- Cash (preferred) – payment must be done at or before each session
- Credit Card/PayPal – payment must be made before each session. Please ask for the details
- Cheque – payment must be made at or before each session. Please make cheques payable to Ronit Baras
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