3 Stellar Reasons to Hire a Life Coach

by Sasha A. Rae on 18 November 2010 2 comments
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The world is awhirl in a sea of amazing, scary, and sometimes seemingly incomprehensible changes. In times like these, sometimes it seems like there just aren’t any good options. You don’t know where to turn or what to do. Or you’re whizzing around in a whirlwind of activity, but nothing’s clicking. It’s totally frustrating every single way you look at it.

But this could be the best time to completely overhaul your life, or even just a part of your life that you just don’t like. You could implement a career change, learn a new skill, or even embark on a personal health plan that could change not only your health, but your whole perspective on life.

Of course, you can do all of this on your own or with the help of friends. But sometimes your friends are overbooked or unable to understand what you want to do, or you just don’t want to burden the people around you with your life change. Or you could know you want to do something different but are stumped on what that something is. That’s when it’s time to seek professional help.

An outside perspective can help you identify your strengths, pursue your passions, and start down a new path or create a new way of doing what you’ve been doing, only better. A good life coach can offer you:

Objectivity

Life coaches are usually someone outside your normal network of friends, family, and colleagues. They may know you in passing, but they aren’t deeply entrenched in your life. Since they can view your life from a different perspective, they can offer you fresh ideas or perceptions about what you might want to do. Or they can ask you just the right questions to help you think about your life and your options in an unusual way.

Support

Your life coach wants you to succeed. No matter what you’re doing, whether it’s changing your career, starting a new exercise program, or working through relationship issues, a life coach is all about helping you build the life you want. Their job is to support you and help you go where you want to go. They’re not going to fluff things up or lie to you if something seems off, but they are going to help reinforce the steps you’re taking to reach your new goals.

Accountability

Your life coach is like a running partner who sets a date with you. If you don’t show up, or show up without your shoes, or call five minutes after the time you set to say you can’t make it, they’re going to call you on your behavior while at the same time reminding you of what your true goals are. They’re also right there with you looking at your inner demons and obstacles and then giving you the tools you need to overcome them.

For anyone ready to make some real changes, finding a good life coach can be a key to a new beginning in life or to reshaping the life you have to fit who you really are. And with the new year fast approaching, why not treat yourself or someone you love to a session or two with a good life coach? 

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How does one find a good life coach? I know there are life coaching association websites, but none seem to contain any reviews or ways of me judging whether the coach is for me.

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Good question. And since life coaches can be certified by a number of organizations, it's hard to pin down one exact spot where you can find this information. One way to find a good life coach is to contact universities that offer coaching certification. Then you can find out what types of courses and training a coach receives there and also you can get a list of alumni members who work as life coaches.

Another option is asking around a natural health and acupuncture clinics. Massage therapists and reiki practitioners also usually know a few life coaches. Word-of-mouth is really the best way to find a good life coach.

When you do find someone you might be interested in working with, ask them for references of people they've coached before. That way you can get a good feel for how they operate. And you can ask to talk to them briefly before you make an appointment to see if they are the right fit.