WHAT IS A LIFE COACH?
Professionals who provide the drive and guidance their clients need to improve their careers, relationships and lives. They help clients to:
- Refocus their life's goals
- Move past challenges that stand in the way of those goals
- Recognize their skills and dreams
WHY WOULD I NEED HELP?
There are many reasons. For instance, you might consider looking for one if you:
Need some guidance on moving forward in your career
Want to learn how to take advantage of your own strengths and talents
Don't know what to do about a major life decision, such as a move or promotion
Don't have an acceptable work-life balance
Have a lot of stress
Aren't as healthy as you'd like to be.
HOW DO I WORK WITH A COACH?
First, you'll sit down with your life coach over the phone or in person. The sessions will range from 30 minutes to an hour. During that time you'll talk about what you want to accomplish.
Through the questions your coach asks, together you'll define your goals and the challenges that could stand in your way. Then you'll outline the steps you'll need to take to achieve those goals.
WHAT ELSE CAN I EXPECT
You'll have homework assignments -- things to think about or do between coaching sessions to work toward your goals. You might need to write in a journal or create "action plans" of things you want to accomplish. Your coach will hold you accountable for achieving your goals. You'll work with your coach for a period of a few months or longer. The time frame depends on how often you meet and what you're hoping to accomplish.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A LIFE COACH
Make sure the two of you are a good match. You should be comfortable sharing your life's vision with her. And you should feel strongly that she’ll help you achieve that. You may also want to consider a person with certification. Coaches who studied approved programs get training and mentoring. They also sets professional standards for them. But the industry doesn’t have regulations. That means anyone can call himself a life or wellness coach, without any certification or even any real training.