The easiest way to explain this is to visualize this scene: You are a lighthouse. Give yourself a shape and color, maybe some stripes. Imagine the setting, the island, the wildlife around you... Know that the world relies on your light. You make a difference. You matter.
Every day there's maintenance involved in being a lighthouse. The lenses have to be inspected and cleaned, possibly even replaced, the foundation needs to be inspected, the light bulbs need vigilant maintenance, the power source must never be interrupted. After all, what good is a lighthouse without a light?
A life coach is a neutral person who listens to your hopes and desires and asks questions that focus on aligning your deepest values (your foundation) with your life.
Are you living on purpose? My job is to notice a lens that's cloudy and help you gain clarity--maybe your purpose used to be clear and it could now use some shining up and clarifying. I can make observations about your power source and take steps to make sure you're filling yourself up with energy that's sustainable, so that your light can shine for others.
In addition to self-maintenance, there are environmental factors for the lighthouse--there are rough, stormy periods where the waves come right over the shore and pound you, there are foggy periods of low visibility, there are long stretches of calm weather where you wonder if you're even needed. These are circumstances you can't change in your life. We are human and we all go through rough stretches. Our values or life purpose may get unclear, we may even feel undervalued or unneeded. While we can't change the circumstances around us, we can examine and change our thoughts that cause us pain.
Through all of this, I can compassionately notice and observe and question.
Your job is to tell your truth and compassionately make changes as you see fit.