I recently participated in a one on one session with a student who just graduated from a life coaching program called discoverulife, started by Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef (founder of AlMaghrib Institute). Basically the brother was giving me a free session on life coaching. I can’t give the details of the session, but I am extremely impressed by the knowledge and the advice that was taken and received. I did some Google research on life coaches and life coaching in general and found out that most (probably all) of all the major Fortune 500, high-tech company CEOs and people of high authority spend millions of dollars a year just to hire a life coach.
When the brother was explaining how life coaching works it reminded me exactly how the murids are with their shaykh in a Sufi tariqah. The murid gives baiyah (allegiance) to the shaykh as a guide to help him on his path. The tariqa is basically the path. The guide or coach is the shaykh. So the shaykh would consult with each of his murids and ask them about their ibadat, their daily adhkar, etc. The same is with the life coach except its more related to achieving your goals in this world. Meaning the life coach will help you attain your goals and aspirations in life and help to organize and utilize all the aspects of your life from family, work, school, hobbies, volunteering, religion, etc.
From what I see in the discoverulife program is that it combines both the religious and materialistic aspect of life and allows the person to attain the changes and goals they want in their lives.
One of the students posted their Five Diamonds from Discover U Certification and for those who are wondering which certified life coach gave me a free session, it was Belal of Leechon. There are several others around the country that are giving away free sessions. It takes about 30-40 minutes and it’s over the phone. I highly recommend giving it a try. I’ve learned a lot in that short phone call with Belal.
Oh yeah, I didn’t give baiyah to Belal, I just took/participated in his free session. No offense Belal, :-D.