Life coaching has been around for quite a while, yet still, most people have little idea about what it really is and how it could help them.
Many people even think it’s something new agey or even woo-woo.
Life coaching is not about finding your spirit animal on the 17th astral plane (at least not my coaching).
And while there are all kinds of life coaching approaches, in this article, I will share with you 10 benefits you can get from my type of coaching: pragmatic, down to earth, results-focused.
1) A life coach helps you see and think outside of your bubble, or a box, or whatever you’re trapped in.
Ok, to be fair, we all are stuck in our own perspective made out of specific knowledge, experiences, habits, people, and environment.
We don’t know what we don’t know and what we know we like to stick with.
A life coach will ask you questions or share insights that will help you explore new, better ways of thinking about yourself, your situation, and the world around you.
2) A life coach will help you move on
Have you ever left your baggage at a train station or forgot it somewhere? It’s a frustrating complication, to say the least.
So we do our best to hang on to our baggage and not forget it.
And we often do the same with our emotional baggage, bad experiences, issues, betrayals, breakups, humiliations, etc.
It’s emotionally draining and prevents us from growing.
A life coach can help you find ways to change the way you think and feel about these events. It makes it much easier to let go and move on towards something better.
3) A life coach may be the short cut you’re looking for
People are always looking for an easy way to get what they want. But great results require a great effort, often a lot of learning, experiences, mistakes made, and there are rarely any shortcuts, especially when it comes to personal development.
I cannot speak for other coaches, but I’ve been studying (not reading, studying) personal development since 2006. I’ve read a few hundred books, gone through many extensive workshops, seminars, coaching and business trainings, all adding up to thousands of hours of personal development.
When you work with a life coach, they will use and share with you directly or indirectly the right information you need at the time, which will likely save you years of learning and experimenting. An alternative would be you doing all the studying yourself, which could sometimes be decades.
4) A life coach will help you say it and hear it
People are often expecting the coach to give them the answers or profound wisdom they want to or need to hear. Yet, it’s often the clients themselves who say the life-changing words in the session.
Coaching sessions are a safe space where you have time and freedom to think and talk yourself through your situation and challenges often straight to the answers.
5) A life coach can be the cheerleader you need
How many of us have in their life someone who always believes in them, always supports them, and pushes them to be and do their best?
From my experience, not many of us.
That’s what the right life coach will be for you.
Having continuous and reliable support will give you the push and courage to pursue your goals and dreams.
6) A life coach will help you stop playing the games you’re losing
It’s easy to get sucked into games other people play with us. Most of the time we’re not even aware of it. It’s the little dramas and ways other people try to use to manipulate us and get what they want (sometimes just a reaction).
If it’s someone else’s game, then it’s someone else’s rules, which you probably don’t know. No wonder you’re losing.
A coach will help you see what’s really going on, stand your ground, say no, and keep these people at arm’s length.
7) Working with a life coach is your bet on you!
When you decide to work with a life coach to help you improve yourself and your life, there is usually a financial investment you need to make. This financial investment is a crucial part of coaching because it’s your bet on you! Through this, you send a vital message to yourself and your subconscious mind: that your future is truly important to you, and that you believe in yourself.
It’s the opposite of procrastination and negative self-talk.
Sometimes this alone makes a massive shift in one’s mindset.
8) A life coach will give you the accountability you need
The problem with personal growth is that it’s usually purely on us.
In your job, you have your superiors holding you accountable for your commitments and responsibilities, and if you don’t deliver, you’re in trouble.
When it comes to your personal goals though, if you don’t work on them, most often, nothing much happens, no one knows.
But when you work with a coach and you agree to make specific progress, your coach will hold you accountable for it, which massively increases your commitment to getting it done.
Moreover, if you don’t, you’ll likely have an accountability conversation with your coach exploring what stopped you from making it happen and how to prevent it from happening next time.
It’s powerful, and it works.
9) A life coach will stop you from making excuses
When we don’t feel like or are scared to do something we find justifications why it cannot be done or why it can wait at least.
These are called excuses.
It’s a natural way we consciously or unconsciously try to wiggle out of things.
A coach will help you expose and overcome these excuses so they can no longer have power over you.
10) A life coach will help you see things more clearly
Making a change (even a positive one) requires a step out of our comfort zone into the unknown, and the unknown is naturally terrifying to us or at least uncomfortable. That’s why people often get stuck in their situations because they fear change.
A life coach will guide you in exploring the unknown, get clear on what options you have, how you could progress forward, how you can minimise your risks, and how you would potentially handle some missteps.
Very often, the fears that are stopping us are pure fabrications of our imaginations and very unlikely to actually happen.
Having more clarity makes taking these steps forward much more comfortable and thus possible.
11) A life coach will help you take action
Working with a coach is all about progress, whether internally or externally. Once you commit to working with a coach, you will start taking action. Whether you take baby steps (which is ok) or giant leaps forward, progress is progress, and making progress feels great.
If you’re struggling to take action, get a coach. Period.
I hope this has given you a little bit more insight into whether life coaching is what you need right now.
If you’d like to explore what life coaching could do for you, contact me and let’s schedule the initial discovery session and find out if we’d be the right match.
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