Ever heard of personal life coaching? Either your answer is Yes, because you know someone who hired one (or maybe at some point you have considered hiring one too) or No, because you honestly never heard of it, and you don’t personally believe that there is a need to hire one.
Just before you develop some hasty judgements about life coaching, it’s better to read about it from experts themselves.
Zelda, a personal life coach for 10 years now, shared that she had to take a lot of coaching courses before she got certified—this is even if she already has a PhD in Psychology and a lot of awards under her belt because she is serious about this profession, “I know the job I wanted to do ever since is just help people figure out their lives and how they can all reach their goals. More than anything, I feel fulfilled when I see happy faces of my clients because they were able to attain whatever it is they have set to do. I take my job seriously because it’s other people’s lives that are at stake. I am their anchor, their confidant, their advisor, sometimes even a critic who gives honest and constructive criticism. I didn’t succeed in this business overnight. I had to work hard for my reputation and I did quite well that’s why a lot of clients keep on trusting me.”
What exactly is life coaching? “Life coaching is a synergistic relationship between an accredited life coach and a client designed to tap into your full potential. Just as Olympic athletes wouldn’t think of training without the added insight, objective perspective and enthusiastic support of an athletic coach, many of today’s most successful business leaders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and CEOs use the services of a life coach to take their lives, careers, or businesses to the next level,” as the article in lifecoach.com aptly titled What is A Life Coach shared.
What sorts of individuals are good candidates to find a suitable life coach? Andre, in her article posted at yourkickasslife.com titled 8 Reasons You Need a Life Coach shared, “You’re stuck. So, you have this decision to make. Either to get married, leave your crappy relationship, change careers, make a geographical change or go after that big, badass dream of yours. Anything. You’re confused with the voices in your head. The one that tells you it’s too risky vs. the one that says ‘go for it!’ You’re swimming with thoughts of ‘what if I do it and it doesn’t work’ vs ‘what if I don’t do it and I regret it’. And you want a guarantee of the outcome. A life coach will look at her magic 8 ball and tell you the answer. Not really. A life coach will help you dig underneath the thoughts and feelings of ‘what if’s’, help you discover what’s important to you about this decision, and explore those voices. Which one is the scared and playing-it-safe inner-critic and which one is your bedazzling inner intuitive voice. A life coach won’t make the decision for you, but help you clarify and sort it all out.”
Life coaching according to Andre is not only for people who feel lost. If you are happy with your life, finding a life coach can be beneficial too, “So, why would someone need a life coach if they’re already happy? It’s the perfect time for a life coach. When you’re happy, and you love where you are, you’re more likely to be open to growth. You’re more likely to wonder what else is out there for you to reach out and grab and be more willing to do the work. I’ve met many people that are unhappy that are willing to do the work as well, but being happy can be a great motivator as well.”
Life coaches can be the best friend and the best mentor you will ever find. “In business or in life, we might refer to some of these people as mentors. They help to guide us through some of the most tumultuous times and steer us in the right direction to achieve our goals and our dreams. It’s difficult to see things from a fresh perspective and realize what you’re capable of without them. But not all of us have access to mentors. Not all of us are proficient in networking or in touch with people playing life at its highest levels. That’s the beauty of having a life coach. You don’t need to know someone who’s rich or famous or who has the proverbial keys to success. All you need to do is to enlist the help of a professional who can help to guide you through things. So, what is a life coach? It’s not just a mentor. It’s not just a friend. It’s not just a coach in the most basic sense. A life coach is a partner, someone who’s there for you through life’s most difficult and challenging times, able to guide you through and help you to see things differently, refine your approach and achieve your loftiest dreams. Most of us are so set in our ways, that unless we have an objective third-party actually point things out to us, we often fail to notice the things that are setting us back. It’s a monumental undertaking to do this by yourself. With that being said, here are the 10 reasons why you absolutely must have a life coach if you’re serious about succeeding at whatever it is that you’re aiming for,” as the article for wanderlustworker.com titled 10 Reasons Why You Need A Life Coach asserted.
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