You’ve got a pretty nice life. A pretty nice house, a pretty nice car, and a pretty good job. You’ve got a loving family and a lively group of friends. You take care of yourself well, or as well as you think, so you don’t really need a life coach, do you?
A lot of us, when looking at our life and present circumstances, think about it this way. When nothing is really wrong, we don’t feel the need to fix anything or to get help from a life coach or personal development coach. But underneath the surface, many of us have deep-seated feelings of being unsatisfied, unfulfilled or unmoving. And these are the feelings that must be dealt with through the guidance of a life coach.
What is a Life Coach?
A life coach is someone who assists a person through personal struggles and guides him through his path to self-discovery and development without judgment or demands. Life coaches can be relatives or spouses or complete strangers. They see the best of the people they help and support, and challenge and encourage them to achieve their goals and be the best that they can be.
Life coaching is based on many fields of study including sociology, psychology and career counselling. Depending upon the need of the client, this may also involve hypnosis, dream analysis, marketing, philosophy and other relevant topics, tools and techniques.
Many confuse life coaches as therapists but they are totally separate and distinct. Therapy often deals with past experiences, struggles and feelings. Life coaching helps already emotionally healthy people take action in their present. Therapists help people solve their problems, while life coaches help people improve their lives. You can find both therapy and life coaching online, through scheduled online sessions or personal development videos.
So Why Do YOU Need a Life Coach?
After clarifying what life coaches are and what they do, we now go back to the central question, do you really need a life coach?
The necessity of life coaching in your life depends upon certain aspects:
- If you always have the same goals each year but never seem to realise them
- If you have plenty of goals you want to achieve but don’t know how
- If your life is not where you wanted it to be, or is not moving in the direction you want it to
- If you always seem to attract a lot of obstacles in your life
- If you have plenty to be thankful for but still feel unhappy or unfulfilled
- If you are constantly disappointed in yourself and in others
- If you desperately desire to improve your life but don’t know where to start
- If you feel you deserve better but don’t know what ‘better’ is or how to get it
- If you just need someone to listen to your issues, goals and dreams in a supportive, unbiased manner
- If you need someone to hold you accountable for all aspects in your life
- If you need useful feedback and support to achieve your goals
- If you need the proper strategies, tools, motivation and skills to achieve your goals
- If you need help in overcoming mental barriers and self-limiting beliefs
- If you need a boost of self-esteem and self-confidence and develop an authentic sense of self
- If you want to improve various aspects of your life, such as your health, career or relationships
If any of these hold true in your life, then life coaching may be of big help to you.
Even if you have all the pretty and nice things that make up a pretty nice life, a closer look may reveal many things that you feel are missing in your life. For these things, life coaching can definitely be for you.
Author by Line:
Debra Wright blogs about a plethora of topics including Online Guided Meditation and other
fields. Wright considers Lauren Ostrowski Fenton as one of the leaders in Life Coaching Online.