Behind every winning team, whether it is football, hockey and more, there was a Coach. Behind every successful business, there was many Coaches. As we move towards being good enough to our very best there may become a time in all of our lives when we feel stuck. Whether it’s in regards to our relationships, finances, change, careers, or because we simply aren’t as happy as we’d like to be, sometimes it’s just hard to get to the place we really want to be. Still, even when we struggle, many of us wouldn’t consider hiring a person to help push and mentor us… to help get us unstuck. But why is that?
The sky is the limit. If there’s any area in your life where you’re feeling dissatisfaction, a life coach is there to believe in you, give you skills push yourself, which in turn will give you options or show you the way. In many situations you already know what to do, but you need someone to believe in you. And you need someone to tell you when, perhaps, you’re running the wrong way and working to hard for your goal.
So how does it all work? Writing this article as a Life Coach, let me share 5 basic points you may want to understand before hiring a life coach.
1. A Life Coach can help out with anything. Whether you feel like your life is a complete disaster, you’re getting divorced, were recently fired, or re 50 pounds’ overweight. It can also be as simple as needing a mentor or wanting someone in your life who is going to hold you accountable and help you achieve a specific goal.
2. Define an agenda. Most people turn to their friends during tough times and that’s amazing, our friends can support us to a point, however, our friends are busy and have their own problems, friends aren’t always equipped to act as a coach or mentor, and your desire for clarity may turn into a martini or lunch instead. You may have issue that you want to keep confidential, or in a brainstorming mode bounce ideas, be creative with opportunity. It is so important that you begin to further under your circumstance and turn it into an opportunity before you become overwhelmed.
3. I have a Therapist. It is strongly recommended the benefits talking to Therapist, however, Therapy is usually for recovery and Life Coaching is more for discovery. Again, define your agenda or goal for the circumstance in your life and visualize the solution. A Therapist is not necessary there to tell you what to do, while a Life Coach is there to specifically direct you to identify challenges and goals. Through study plans together you can figure out what’s preventing you from getting to where you want to be. It all evolves from really looking on at what’s going on in your life. If you are stagnated and frustrated, it could be the time to find a Life Coach.
4. It’s up to you to do the homework. Whether it’s self-reflection exercises, creating a blueprint for your life, or working on the execution, there’s going to be a lot of work to be done. And though it may sound overwhelming, the work you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. You’re will find the patterns while breaking down the issues, and will create more personal momentum while moving in the direction of your goals.”
5. Life Coaching is usually a short commitment. Sometimes we may only need a quick new perspective, others may need major re-construction. With a good connection the guidance is about twenty percent, and eight percent is your sweat equity. You will find with coaching guidance most answers were already apparent, you just needed discovery and a blueprint by asking what else is possible, getting to the why, and making it happen.
Remember, it is not the Life Coach job to tell you what job to get. You have your internal wisdom. A good coach will help you figure out what you want to do, what’s holding you back, and what you need to work on to get where you want to go.