Do I need a life coach? - 2 minute read
Do I need a life coach?
This is a question people often ask me when they have realised that they probably do. Having goals are wonderful, but the question to ask yourself is ‘can I make change’ and ‘am I able to make the improvements I want by myself?’ Unless the answer is a resounding yes, read on.
What does a life coach do and why work with one?
Do you know what I think? Everyone could do with a life coach, certainly at the very least at certain points in their life. But perhaps I am biased. Even I have a coach to make sure I stay on track with where I am heading. Not only do I share the benefits of coaching, but I receive them as well. So let me share a few thoughts and questions with you. Here is what I am sure of; you will at the very least find this a useful Q&A session to decide whether to find someone who can help you.
What is a life coach?
A life coach is a person that works in partnership with an individual to help them reach their potential across all facets of life.
Just as a professional sports player has a coach to work on the technical and psychological aspects of their performance, everyday people should take a structured and disciplined approach to personal development and improvement.
What does a life coach do?
A life coach works with a client to help them make improvements in their lives and move out of their ‘stuck’ states. A life coach assumes that the client has the knowledge within themselves to make the improvements and the coach works more as a facilitator than as a counsellor. Life coaching is for the mind what personal training is for the body.
What are the benefits of life coaching?
Don’t take it from me, all of these benefits have been experienced by my clients.
People who work with a life coach report an improvement in their self-confidence.
We are often consumed by our own opinions, life experiences, and way of thinking. A life coach can provide a new and often helpful perspective on things.
Being fully aware of your impact on others and recognizing your flaws, strengths, and unique personality attributes is an extremely challenging adventure.
Self-awareness requires a strong capacity for introspection and reflection, something which a life coach can help you work towards.
Create a balanced life
The concept of life balance is different for everyone, but it often refers to a happy, peaceful, and harmonious relationship between your physical and cognitive being, as well as the major areas of life.
One of the benefits of a life coach is to identify what balance looks like for you and define action steps to achieve more balance in your life.
Build better relationships
The glue that combines individuals with society and provides shared fulfilment in life. From marriages to friendships and beyond, strong relationships are a critical contributor to happiness.
Achieve your goals
We all have dreams in life, but very few people set these aspirations into tangible goals to accomplish one by one. A major benefit of life coaching is being able to define your life goals and create a concrete, doable plan to achieve them.
True happiness is somewhat of a mystical experience and for most people, it’s hard to imagine. Happiness is a feeling that is unique to the way you feel inside. By defining life goals, creating balance, and committing to a better version of yourself with the aid of a life coach, you open up the prospect of finding happiness. Helping others find happiness is one of the main reasons I became a life coach.
Discover clarity of purpose
Are you clear on what your purpose in life is? Again, this is a very individual and internal fire that burns within. It’s your passion, dreams, skills, and weaknesses all bundled into one.
It’s your direction in life. Clarity of purpose is vital if you want to pursue your dreams, a life coach can assist you in creating this focus.
Do what you love
Finding that one thing you love more than anything else and doing it every day is a large contributor to happiness and satisfaction. Having clarity of purpose unlocks insights into what this may be. This is another one of the many benefits of a life coach in your corner.
Follow through on commitments
Follow through on commitments. A life coach is about more than just getting guidance, it also creates accountability. You will have an ally that holds you to your word and ensures those goals get pursued and projects are completed.
Determine your strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement
A life coach will take an impartial view of your strengths and weaknesses, helping you understand your areas of greatest opportunity.
To be open-minded you need to appreciate that there are different ways of doing things and varying perspectives on life other than your own. A life coach can provide the perspective and thinking process required to adopt this mindset.
Many of us have latent potential that is hidden by prejudice or closed-mindedness. Life coaches unlock this potential by opening you up to alternate ways of thinking and creating clarity for your direction in life.
Improve your communication
People who work with a life coach improve their communication skills. This is no surprise given the best life coaches ( I will include myself in this) are accredited NLP practitioners– the most advanced set of communication skills ever developed. Better communication is one of the primary benefits of NLP life coaching.
Manage time and productivity
Everyone has the same amount of time in the day, but some people use those 24 hours more efficiently than others. Working with a life coach can help you better manage your time, set priorities, and get more done.
Remove negative thoughts
As well as looking at the positive aspects of life, such as your purpose, goals, and potential, life coaches are armed with a series of techniques that can help you eliminate or reduce negative thoughts that hold you back.
By minimizing negative thoughts and embracing your strengths you can start to overcome fears that have been restricting your ability to achieve your dreams.
You can work with a life coach to brainstorm ideas and unearth creativity that is sitting dormant in the depths of your subconscious.
Provide a different outlook on life
Being open-minded, self-aware, and considering a new perspective on life will give you a more positive and well-rounded outlook.
Produce higher income
The skills you develop while working with a life coach will focus your resources while pursuing career goals or growing your business to new heights. This is one of the key benefits of coaching in a business environment.
One of the most sought-after benefits of life coaching. Setbacks and roadblocks can derail the best of us. Life coaching will sustain the discipline and maximum effort during challenging times. You will discover pockets of inspiration and hunger that you never knew existed.
To be happy
This is a different proposition for everyone. But one thing is for sure, if you are clear on your purpose, eliminate negativity from your life, and have the tools and techniques to build meaningful relationships, happiness and fulfilment are achievable.
In fact, they are more than achievable – all you need is a framework for determining your direction in life and someone to help you get there. This is your life coach.
Final question- Is it worth the investment of time and money
Absolutely, 100% for sure and Yes! But here is the thing to remember. Working with any coach is a journey, you will see and feel change, you will see and feel improvement. They will work with you to help you achieve your goals, but a coach is there to aid your success, not to do it for you. You will receive guidance and support to making sure you stay on track. What you get will be a direct representation of the work and time you are ready to put in.
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