Everyone Can Benefit From Having A Life Coach
As a certified professional life coach, aka, The Legitimate Fixer of Personal and Professional Transformation, people often ask me what exactly is a life coach? No matter if you’re a corporate executive, a singer, a stay-at-home mom or a college student who just graduated, everyone at one time in his or her life envisions what their ideal life is. For whatever reasons if your dreams have not become reality yet you could probably benefit from having a life coach.
There is a reason why millions of people get a life coach; everyone from college professors to celebrities. Athletes have coaches to help them obtain greatness in sports. Wellness coaches work with their clients to have a healthy lifestyle in fitness and nutrition. Life coaches work with clients on personal and professional transformation.
What Is a Life Coach?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) — the leading global coaching organization and professional association for coaches — defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Basically, what that really means is life coaches help their clients improve their lives, careers and relationships – personal and professional.
Here are other ways life coaches help their clients:
- Drive and ambition
- Refocus on your dreams and goals
- Recognize your talents, strengths, and skills
- Overcome challenges and obstacles that stand in your way
- Make better choices and decisions
- Create positive change
- Guidance to moving forward
- Work-life balance
- Reduce stress
- To be healthier mentally and emotionally
- Career growth
- Will work with you to design a plan so you can achieve your goals
- Help you discover what is really important in your life
Why Would I Need A Life Coach?
You can benefit from a life coach because life happens. There will be days when you are weak mentally or emotional and you just don’t feel like you can achieve your dreams and goals. Life can be overwhelming, stressful, or difficult. There will be days when you don’t want to go to work. Don’t want to exercise. Have no mental strength to focus on building your business, practicing for that acting audition, dealing with your children, studying to get into law school. There may be days when you want to do nothing more than to sit on the couch binge watching the TV show Power or Game of Thrones and eat fast food and drink all day. And this may go on for a quite a while.
A life coach will help you break free from that rut you’re stuck in to create a better, more fulfilling, and richer life. Everyone at some point in his or her life needs expert support, coaching, and direction. The fact is to achieve greatness, success, and happiness, you can’t do it alone. Nobody can. Every person is different and wants to achieve different things. Some clients want help balancing home responsibilities with their job, some need help with stress reduction, or career planning, or time management, or better relationships with their boss or spouse or both, or getting healthier physically.
Even after a client stops coaching sessions, if their life coach was good that person will be set with the skills to be consistent for days, weeks, months, even years. And unlike going to therapy for years, coaching can work in a short period of time. A good life coach will help clients transform negative actions and behaviors into positive qualities and productive actions.
What Life Coaches Are Not
A life or wellness coach is usually not a licensed health care professional. You will need to check with your health insurance to see if their services are covered. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychiatrists. With that in mind, if you suffer from any mental health issues, are depressed, or deal with anxiety then your best bet would be to bypass a life coach and talk to a licensed mental health professional.
How It Works
One of the great things about having a professional life coach is this – they will not tell you what to do or give you advice. Their job is to coach you so you can come up with the best choices for your life and for your future. Coaches are skilled experts when it comes to helping their clients change behaviors for the better, which is much more helpful than giving instructions.
A life coach will help you to become successful in your goals by holding you accountable. You will be challenged to grow mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Before you sign up with a life coach, do your homework. Look for someone who has a professional certification and any form of real training and experience. Ask for references from other clients. The first session, which should be complimentary, get to know the coach, their sense of personality and style. You want to make sure you two are a fit. Most importantly, you want to find a life coach that will help you stay focused and make the necessary changes in your life so you will succeed at the goals you seek.
- Some coaches meet their clients in person at their office once a week. Most do one-on-one sessions by phone or Skype.
- Sessions are usually between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the client.
- You will have unlimited email support.
- You will always have guidance and support along the way.
- Within the first few sessions, you will determine with your coach what you are trying to achieve. This will determine how long you will need to be coached.
- Again, check with your medical insurance to see if life coaching is covered. If not, a coaching session can cost $100 to $300 an hour.
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