Have you been feeling stuck in your life lately? Perhaps your relationships at home or at work are no longer meaningful or fulfilling. Maybe you’re in need of finding some direction as you navigate into a new stage in your life.
You might be wondering what type of professional you could see to help you get your life back on track. You may not necessarily need a therapist. But what you really need is someone who can help you gain greater clarity and focus in your life.
Welcome to the realm of a life coach. If you’re wanting to seek out the services of a life coach, you aren’t alone. The need for life coaches is on the rise nationwide, as more people like you seek guidance and inspiration on a wide range of topics that include personal development, finding a work-life balance, improved job performance, and better relationships.
A recent International Coaching Federation (ICF) survey found that 43 percent of people have used a coach in the past, and 22 percent of individuals who haven’t ever used a coach say they are likely to seek the services of a life coach in the future.
What is a Life Coach?
Life coaching is all about empowerment. It involves empowering clients to confront their most urgent, challenging, or important life situations.
Life coaches utilize various techniques such as active listening, questioning, and goal-setting to assist their clients as they clarify their strengths, values, and priorities. They then develop a plan of action to achieve their desired outcomes.
In essence, a life coach is a professional who counsels and encourages their clients to set and achieve personal and professional goals. For example, someone may come to a life coach to help them figure out how to deal with an impending career or relationship change. Other clients may want to improve their relationships or friendships so they become more enjoyable and fulfilling.
A life coach provides a safe and encouraging space for clients to explain how they want to improve their lives.
My role is to help clients like yourself deconstruct life-affirming goals into manageable steps to successfully transition from where they currently are to where they want to be. While honoring the current position a client is in, I help my clients look to the future and envision what they truly want their life to look like.
Part of my process is asking challenging and thought-provoking questions so clients can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their lives.
A pivotal aspect of life coaching is providing accountability and gently challenging a client to go outside of their comfort zone and change their perspective. I will typically provide feedback, guidance, and accountability to ensure my clients stay on track and overcome obstacles. Doing so often leads the client to identify healthier patterns of behavior, which opens the door to experiencing a more meaningful, enjoyable, and quality life.
Here are some other examples of what a life coach can do:
- Improve self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-esteem
- Improve time management and prioritization
- Achieve greater mental clarity and improve mental fitness
- Improve productivity and focus
- Improve overall work performance
- Improve decision-making skills
- Help people identify their meaning, purpose, and passions in life
- Successfully navigate change, uncertainty, and the unknown
What a Life Coach is Not
Confusion arises in some people’s minds over the difference between what a life coach and a therapist do. For example, you may think a life coach and therapist are the same thing. Unlike therapy or counseling, life coaching is future-focused. At its essence, coaching involves learning new tools that help clients create change for the future, while counseling focuses primarily on exploring the past.
A therapist is a trained mental health professional who helps their clients work through their psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, and, in some cases, trauma. Conversely, a life coach focuses on helping their clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
Life coaches are also not consultants. For example, a life coach sets out to empower the client to create goals as the coach serves as their guide, motivator, and facilitator toward attaining these goals. In contrast, consultants tell their clients what to do or prescribe specific courses of action.
A life coach is not a mentor. A mentor tends to use their own life or career experiences to offer knowledge or advise clients on a particular course of action. However, a life coach may use wisdom and guidance from their unique personal experiences, but the objective is to enable clients to gain different perspectives during their life coaching sessions. A coach provides guidance to a client on their goals and helps them reach their full potential.
The Role of a Life Coach
A life coach assists their clients in achieving their personal and professional goals through forward-thinking, goal-orienting coaching. Life coaching – when done well – is designed to empower the client with tools to cultivate success and change. My role as a life coach is also to work with the client to reduce their stress level, help them feel better about themselves, and have confidence in their personal and professional decisions.
Ultimately, I am here to make it possible for clients to become the best versions of themselves.
Are You Ready for a Consultation?
What’s stopping you from living your best life right now?
If you are ready to begin the journey of growing personally, professionally, or spiritually, then I invite you to book a complimentary consultation today.
It’s time to experience more joy in your life and accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.
You were designed to live the life you’ve intended.
I have what it takes to help you move forward and to pursue the growth you’ve been dreaming of. You can even hear the transformations my from past clients.
What are you waiting for?