If you have never had an experience with a life coach or, if you do not know someone who has, you may not understand how a life coach can benefit you. Life coach is such a broad term it may be hard to identify where the role of one would be in your life, or what their role as a provider to you is. Keep reading to find out more about life coaches and explore how a life coach can help you build a better life.
What is a Life Coach?
Life coaches partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her own life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Life coaches act as a sounding board and guide to help someone find the answers they are looking for to provide clarity on visions, help to determine a road to success, and provides an accountability partner.
Life coaches need to be good listeners and great at being creative problem solvers. Although there are no standard or legal certifications for life coaches, you should look for one who is always working on improving their skills and education and have sought out certifications on their own. Some of these certifications include The international Coach Federation and Nature Connected Coaching to name a few.
The Benefits of a Life Coach
Benefits of a life coach depends on the individual person, and the goals that one makes to build a better life. However, five overall benefits include:
- Increased clarity on what you want to achieve – don’t be concerned if you are thinking about hiring a life coach but are unsure what the coach can do for you; your coach should be able to help clarify what you would like to achieve and will help provide a path to stay clear about your goals.
- Accountability for your ability to create change – a life coach will help you understand that although sometimes our life is circumstantial, you have the ability to create change and achieve goals. Your goals are up to you to achieve, but a life coach will help mitigate the challenges along the way.
- Learn how to invest in yourself by improving your confidence and overcoming your insecurities – life coaches help you to see your worth, understand your insecurities, and boost your confidence by overcoming any fears you may have.
- Help you reach your goals faster – a life coach does for your life what a personal trainer does for your health. By having someone who can share their knowledge with you about how to create and set intentions, visions, and goals, you will achieve your goals faster than you thought you could, which allows you to set even greater goals for the future.
Life coaches are more than a friend or a work mate, they are a mentor, an advisor, a consultant, and a therapist. They are there to improve every aspect of your life.
Okay, I am Totally Interested… How Do I Find a Life Coach?
The most important aspect of a life coach is to find someone you connect with. This person is going to become an intimate part of your life and greatly impact your success, so make sure it is someone you enjoy talking to. Also, talk to their current and past clients (if possible) to learn more about what they gained from their experience and expertise.
Aside from finding a coach that fits you, it is important to allow your coach to see your true self. Your coach will not be able to provide you with the tools you need to be successful if you do not allow yourself to be fully transparent. The clearer you are with your coach, the better your outcomes will be. Schedule a Free Consultation today!