One thing remains true regardless of whether you are climbing the corporate ladder or carving your path as an entrepreneur: Everyone needs a bit of help. Self-reflection and continual personal development are indispensable to living your most fulfilling life, both personally and professionally. Our best efforts, though, may not allow us to see the full picture of our lives or to see the thoughts, habits, and behaviours that inhibit our growth.
- Life coaches are objective professionals. Yes, having friends with whom to share is fantastic, but taking advice from friends or family is not always the best thing to do.
- As opposed to psychologists or psychotherapists, certified coaches focus on the present and goals in the future. Life often does not go the way we want because of unresolved traumas. When clients encounter problematic issues, a good coach knows how to help them resolve them. He or she also knows when to refer clients to a therapist when issues are especially difficult to resolve.
- You can develop all aspects of your business and personal life with the help of a life coach. Keeping in touch with the client helps ensure the change gets incorporated, and the goal is met.
- Life coaches work in partnership with their clients. Today’s most successful entrepreneurs and executives benefit from the added insight and support of a coach. People who hire a coach are often successful, healthy people who want to make a change and are looking for assistance and support in doing so.
- Coaches can shed light on difficult situations. As coaches, we help people set professional and personal goals, motivate, enhance skills, increase self-awareness, and can serve as a sounding board when faced with difficult decisions.
- To hold clients accountable, most coaches require regular schedules. Life coaching is delivered one-on-one over the phone, online, or in person over half an hour to one and half hours, typically weekly, so the client has the opportunity to incorporate new thinking patterns while taking action toward their goals.
- In training, your coach learns which methods and words will motivate you the most and tailors the approach to your needs. Life coaches use many of the same words and phrases as sports coaches. A few examples include: “do your best”, “achieve more than you thought possible”, “dedicate yourself to a goal”, and “be positive”. In contrast to sports coaches, however, most professional coaches help you win in your own life, rather than competing with each other.
Despite their readiness for meaningful work, many believe it requires sacrificing their health, relationships, and time, as they toil on their own. These sacrifices are unnecessary. Although coaches do not work miracles, they possess a wealth of tools to assist you in fulfilling your dreams.
For more information on life coaching, get in touch with the team at Integrative Coaching today.