But why do people work with a life coach? What is the benefit?
Well, in a world where there is infinite distraction, extremely high expectations and a constant drive for speed and efficiency, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. A lot of the time, people look for a coach simply to help them to sort out their priorities.
Being asked to help someone work out their direction in life is one of the most common enquiries I receive. And often it is only because there are so many conflicting priorities and options available to them. They don’t know which way to turn.
Stress and Coaching
Stress is also a big reason why people look for coaching support. Having someone (a coach) help you to work through what is causing the stress and support you in identifying ways to reduce the impact of it is often all it takes to reclaim your quality of life.
Coaching can help people increase their confidence. Be it the confidence to perform or self-confidence and self-esteem. Together, Coach and Client can work together to identify goals, resources and make those goals a reality.
A good coach understands the importance of listening. A competent coach will ask the best questions to get you to a place where things start to make sense. A coach is not there to provide the answers. And a coach won’t tell you what you should do.
Coaching is about being understanding, empathetic, patient and non-judgemental. A great coach will ensure that you feel accepted and understood, that you have a space where you feel safe and able to be honest.
All coaches should be registered with a professional body, fully insured and happy to share their credentials with you. It is also very common now for coaches to offer a complimentary session – often 30-45 minutes long. This gives you the chance to ask questions and meet the coach before you commit to purchasing any sessions with them.
Coaching is only effective where there is a positive relationship between the coach and their client. So if you find a coach that offers a free consultation, I would always recommend that you take it.
If you are considering using a Life Coach, don’t feel nervous or unsure. Take the first step and book a free consultation. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.
And to find out more about coaching as a profession, why not check out this article.