Over the past decade one of the main buzzwords or phrases used in Corporate America, on television, and in personal circles has been the terminology Life Coach. Having met a Life Coach on a plane one day during a routine business trip, and after a cocktail or two, we got into a discussion about what exactly it is a Life Coach does, and how one goes about using the services of a Life Coach. This article will share the basics that will hopefully help readers determine if this is in fact a service that can be of help to them.
Some but not all Life Coaches have a professional background, such as the one encountered who happened to be a Psychologist. There are however training classes to prepare one to be a Life Coach, which can be found on the Internet for a hefty fee. So please understand not all Life Coaches hold a professional license persay. As it turns out a Life Coach is there to help one find direction, to help one find his or her passion and destiny in this lifetime, and to help rid one of negative patterns which generally promote negative behaviors. They also assist with setting and reaching goals in ones personal life, financial life, physical fitness, or other areas of importance.
Let’s start at the beginning. Most Life Coaches will try to determine where you are in your life and what you want out of it. More importantly they will skillfully show you how to get to where you want to be. If you already know what you want to do then half of the work is done. If you know you want to be a nurse, painter, writer, masseuse, whatever the career may be, then the next logical step is to form a plan to acquire the proper training to accomplish reaching your desired career. Usually finding the time is one of the first things that comes up. Decide just how important your new career or whatever the priority is in your life, and make the time. Something else may have to give, but it is about how badly you want to make whatever the change is you have decided you need to make. With a little work, organization, and motivation, the goal can be accomplished.
There are however people that are not happy in the careers they are in but are not sure what to do next. They don’t know what they want to do. More importantly the obstacles that stand in the way are generally self-created obstacles most of us consider safety nets. Hence our hesitancy to leave our illusionary comfortable secure corporate jobs to venture out into what could possibly make us happy by way of a new career. Discuss your fears with your Life Coach. One must examine the odds and determine if in fact staying on the corporate treadmill for the benefits provided i.e. health insurance and other benefits, outweigh the benefits of sanity, quality of life, and happiness. Sometimes staying on the job for the health benefits creates the illnesses we need the health benefits for.
Discuss your feelings with your Life Coach and listen to the choices offered. You ultimately make your own decisions, but your Life Coach is there to help you see options from an objective point of view. Most Life Coaches are motivational speakers that have the ability to be persuasive, but definitely have the gift of positive thinking, and can pump a client up psychologically. Sometimes, that is really all a person needs to make the move they have longed to make, but were not able to make the first step.
One of the things the Life Coach advised was to examine what it is one likes, and consider making a living of the specific task or hobby. If there is something you love and you don’t have time to do it, you must create the time. For certain if a person loves something, he or she is generally good at it, and is happy while doing it, and thus will provide quality service thus producing a happy and loyal clientele, in addition to a happy self. The fact is, if we love what we are doing, we are destined for success. Should you invest in the services of a Life Coach, learn to take advantage of the skills offered, and allow the person you chose to trust and pay for a service to help you achieve the goals and the life you dream of. Ask questions, interview more than one Life Coach, or get a refferal. Your choice of Life Coach is as important as the choice you make when you select a doctor.