WHAT IS A LIFE COACH?
Many people are not sure what life coaching is and how it can benefit all areas of a person’s life. Coaching addresses specific personal projects, business successes and general conditions in the client’s personal life, relationships, or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be. Every day we make choices to do or not do many things. These choices have an effect that makes our lives more fulfilling or less fulfilling. Life coaching helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life. Athletes, performers, CEO’s, and presidents know they can’t do it alone. They know they need a trained professional to help them determine the best direction and provide objective support and feedback. Without this, it’s almost impossible to achieve excellence. No athlete would consider going into the Olympics without the support of a coach. The extra edge the coach provides makes all the difference. Why shouldn’t you have the same advantage?
HOW CAN A LIFE COACH HELP ME?
Have you ever struggled with anything… from sticking to a diet, moving out of your comfort zone, standing up for yourself, keeping a steady love life, doing things you’ve always wanted to do (“bucket list”), to learning leadership skills? A life coach can provide you with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes. A life coach can help with all areas of a person’s life. Here are a few examples:
Relationships. Are you having a hard time in your relationship? Do you want to improve a relationship you’re having problems with… spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or a family member? A life coach will help you uncover what it is that you want out of a relationship and find greater fulfillment in the relationships you already have. A life coach can help you set relationship goals, understand your current partner, thrive inside your marriage, or grieve a lost loved-one.
Career. Are you feeling bored, unmotivated and unfulfilled with your current job but not sure what job would satisfy you, or afraid to take the risk of leaving your job? A life coach can set you on your way to a more fulfilling work life. They will listen to and break down your current situation and feelings about your job. This can be extremely hard to do on your own. Together with your coach you will explore what you really want from work to fulfill you, then a plan of action is formulated to get you from where you are now to where you want to be.
Finding Happiness. Happiness is, no doubt, the most important thing in our life. If we are happy with ourselves, our health, our relationships, and happy with our career and finances, there is not much we need. Unfortunately, most people are not happy, at least not as happy as they would like to be. To be happy, we can take control of our life, grow our confidence, improve our lifestyle and follow our dreams. We are all growing and evolving and have the potential of being happy and successful. Happiness is unique to each and every one of us, and more and more people are turning to a life coach to help them discover a great deal more happiness in their life.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A LIFE COACH
Coaching is not therapy. Life coaches do not work on “issues” or delve into your past to resolve past traumas nor do they try to change human behavior or personality structures. Life coaching is an investment in your future happiness. It’s an investment in you and it will benefit your entire life. Some benefits are:
Clarity. Become clear on who you want to become, what your passion is and what is most important to you. A life coach will determine what’s most important to their clients then come up with a workable plan that can be put into action.
Set Goals. One of the main reasons people have difficulty finding success is because they have no idea what their own idea of personal success really is, they approach life day-to-day with no clear intentions. All that changes with a coach. We have to choose what we want out of life, or life will chose for us. A life coach will give clients the confidence to become “unstuck” – to change careers, repair relationships or simply get their act together.
Confidence & Support. Confidence is so important for success in life. Know your worth, raise your standards and see yourself as someone who deserves the best out of life. That will empower you and fuel you toward your goals. We all have things that we want to do, but don’t do because we don’t believe in ourselves. A life coach will listen to your story without criticizing or judging. They will give you support to get you through the tough times. A life coach is someone on your side to give you support and to push you past where you would normally stop on your own.
Hold you accountable. You begin to follow through on things that you’ve procrastinated on or stopped yourself from doing. We all put limits on ourselves which holds us back and keeps us from our full potential. Without a life coach, you’re only accountable to yourself, and most people come up with excuses on why they shouldn’t do something. There is a strong psychological factor of accountability when another person is overseeing your progress. Someone keeping track of your progress so you can reach your intended goal is a powerful motivator.
Faster results. Time is one thing that most of us don’t have much of these days. When we attempt to do things on our own we usually take the long route and waste time. Most of the time we get lost, frustrated and then give up. Knowledge and ideas are great to have but action is what creates success in life. Many people are slow to act or apply the knowledge that they have. A life coach will help their client make decisions much more quickly. When you make a commitment to yourself by hiring a life coach, a whole world of benefits fall to your feet. A coach gives you an edge, enabling you to go from being great to being extraordinary.