Everyone benefits from guidance in their particular area of expertise. Professional athletes look to exceptional sports coaches. Entrepreneurs and CEOs consult with successful business coaches. Life coaching follows the same idea for everyday individuals looking to realize their capabilities and maximize their potential.
What are the three biggest goals in your life right now?
Why are those three things important to you?
How are you taking the steps you need to achieve them?
Where do you see yourself once you complete them?
It might feel like you’re playing 20 questions but these are important things to ask yourself, especially if you’re feeling stuck. Can you answer these questions right away or do you need to pause for a moment and think? Are there specific things you’re working on right now or are you full of ideas but stuck spinning your wheels?
You aren’t alone if you don’t have a clear vision of what you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming months and years. It might seem like answers to these questions are pretty straightforward but there’s more to it than you might think. A life coach’s job is to guide you through answering these questions and more.
What does life coaching do for you and how can hiring a life coach help you?
What Is a Life Coach?
A life coach is a professional individual trained to help you maximize your capabilities and achieve your potential. They’re like a combination of a friend, a mentor, and an adviser all in one. Life coaches walk you through identifying your strengths and weaknesses, determining your values, setting goals, and achieving them, all while holding you accountable along the way.
Certified life coaches go through training to learn how to do their jobs effectively. You might have a vague idea of where you’d like to go in life or what you want to accomplish. Your life coach helps you solidify this plan. A good coach knows how to communicate, ask the right questions, pinpoint your needs and desires, and outline the most effective path to get you there.
How Life Coaching Can Help You
Everybody needs help from time to time. Behind every “self-made man” is at least a few people who pushed, challenged, inspired, or assisted him along the way. You probably have a list of things you’d like to do or ideas you’ve stored in the back of your mind. When it comes from getting to point A to point B, though, you aren’t quite sure how to connect the dots.
That’s where a life coach comes in.
You can find countless blog posts, podcasts, and videos online telling you how to achieve your goals. Nothing compares to having a person that knows your unique situation and understands how to get you where you want to go. A life coach guides you through the process of determining what’s important to you and then supporting you as you work toward those things.
What does life coaching do for your individual situation? Each life coach has their particular process for working with clients. At the same time, there’s a similar structure that most life coaches follow.
Identifying Your Values
Effective life coaching starts with identifying your values. You need to decide what’s important to you before you can move forward. What’s the point of setting and accomplishing a goal if it isn’t meaningful or applicable to what you want from life? Identifying your values lays the foundation for your work with your life coach. It also gives you the framework you’ll use to set your plans and goals for the future.
Clarifying Your Goals
Anyone can set a goal but not everyone knows how to create a clear goal. You’re not going to make any progress if you’re pursuing vague, directionless goals. A main function of life coaching is to walk you through clarifying your existing goals and making sure your new goals are worthwhile. The more clear you are about your ambitions, the more likely you are to achieve them.
Setting Up Achievable Milestones
When you’re pursuing a large, long-term goal, it can get disheartening after a while when it feels like you’re not making any progress. Many times goals need to be separated into more manageable phases. You and your life coach work together to break your goals down into smaller, achievable milestones. Reaching these small milestones offers some encouragement and pushes you to keep moving forward.
Making Adjustments Along the Way
Sometimes you might realize that you’ve set a loftier goal for yourself than you initially thought. Rather than giving up, though, adjusting course is a better alternative. This might mean separating your goals out into a few more steps than you anticipated or shifting your focus to another area to work on. Effective life coaching helps you make adjustments along the way to your goals instead of losing faith in your ability to achieve them.
Determining Your Next Steps
After achieving your goals, what are you going to do with that momentum? Life coaching doesn’t have to end once you reach what you initially set out to do. If you want to keep progressing, you and your life coach will determine your next steps. You can decide whether to set the bar higher or whether to focus on a different part of your life. The process repeats itself over again with your new plans and goals in mind.
Finding the Right Life Coach
Are you feeling stuck and not sure how to move past the things blocking you? A life coach might be the component you’re missing. Whatever your situation, finding the right life coach for you is important. Not all life coaches are created equal. It helps to find someone who understands your particular situation and can draw from their own experiences.
Maybe you’re struggling to lose weight and take back control of your fitness. Perhaps you’re not sure what direction to go with the business idea you have tucked in the back of your mind. You might just want some additional insight, support, and accountability on the goals you have set for yourself already.
If you’re ready to take the next step and see what life coaching can do for you, set up a free consultation call today. Let’s talk about where you’re at right now and see what’s standing in your way. Get in touch today and find out whether MindBodyBuild is the right fit for you!