What is a Life Coach?
Life coaching is a synergistic relationship between a life coach and his or her client designed to reach your full potential by helping you to better use your talents, add needed skill sets, see things more objectively, improve finding and using creative strategies, set and accomplish your goals holding you accountable and helping to keep you on focus.
Just as Olympic athletes or pro boxers wouldn’t think of training without the added insight, objective perspective and encouragement or behind the scenes support of an athletic coach, many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, executives, professionals and CEOs use the services of a life coach to take their own lives, relationships, careers and businesses to the next level.
Why does life coaching work?
The nature of investing time and money in ourselves and the effect that commitment has on our own mindset and the way we see ourselves can’t be underestimated. Similar investments in training, classes, certifications, higher quality equipment and such have been proven to be highly profitable and give an excellent ROI (return on investment) otherwise no one would still be buying them.
Personal coaching, whether life coaching, business coaching, career coaching, executive coaching, relationship coaching, spiritual coaching or even youth coaching consistently shows itself to have the highest ROI of any of the other investments into our own or our teams personal development and production.
An article in Public Management revealed a study where training alone was compared to life coaching combined with training. The study showed that training alone increased productivity by 22.4% while training combined with weekly life coaching increased productivity by 88%. Here is why:
1) Expertise. The trained life coach may not know all the answers, but he or she knows the right questions to help you know yourself, find your purpose and figure out what changes to your life will make you happier and more fulfilled. They then know how to help you set the right goals, improve your relationships, make more money in less time and structure your personal and professional life to achieve greater productivity with less effort. You’ll achieve more in less time while living a more balanced life with the input and encouragement of a Life Coach.
2) Delivery. A well-trained coach knows how to facilitate you in figuring out your own strategy, best course and goals so that you are naturally motivated to see them happen. It doesn’t take brow-beating or nagging when you have invested your own time, money and you’re creating the life of your own dreams.
Coaching typically works best with a weekly or bi-weekly call or meeting so you have time to integrate new ways of thinking and take action each week towards your goals. Most life coaching is done by phone and delivered in half hour to one hour coaching calls, although it’s not uncommon for the first meeting or “emergency” meetings to go as long as two hours.
The experience is challenging but uplifting, and there’s nothing as motivational in the long-term as seeing yourself make consistent and intentional progress towards your goals and the life you dream of. You’ll look forward to your weekly calls with your life coach and often see more accomplished in a month or two than over the previous year or years.
3) Accountability. The regularly scheduled weekly or bi-weekly calls will prompt you to get more done than you normally would if left to your own devices. You’ve not only invested money and time into this process, but have to talk about it each week with your coach, someone who was there when you figured out your strategies and goals. No one likes to show up to a meeting with someone they respect and have to talk about why they didn’t get things done, it does happen of course, there’s resistance, but the vast majority of the time you’ll record wins and show your tasks completed on time.
As weekly tasks get done better and faster each week, not only does your investment increase but so does your confidence and self esteem. When you slack off that one week, you find that you’ve in fact let yourself down more than anyone.
Eventually you’ll see the incredible power and payoff of getting daily, weekly and monthly tasks accomplished as they compound and then when you’ve accomplished something that was evading your and beyond your earlier reach you’ll know that you ate the mighty elephant one bite at a time. After that, each cycle of new dreams and goals will push you a bit further, building on the previous success and supporting your faith that you’ll keep improving so long as you keep reaching and procrastination will have been severely weakened.
4) Speed. Most people find that things start to happen very quickly after hiring a life coach. Again, each success builds on itself, so as faith, self-confidence and focus rise…so do fear, worry, distraction and ultimately procrastination fade and lose strength as well.
Some coaches look to pace the growth process so that you will keep them as coaches longer, but this often backfires and instead manifests as mediocre results. Instead, once you’ve spent 2-4 sessions assessing your situation, starting point and where you want to reach next, we suggest at least trying some “power coaching”. This produces results fastest, but it’s important for your coach to keep an eye on your process and slow down in some instances.
Even with the more aggressive “power coaching” format, you will either return to your life coach as new dreams and goals show themselves to be “a bit of a reach” or sometimes to move to a once per month format for more long-term ongoing “inner game” coaching.
This is much like a boxer, who trains slow and steady most of the time, often on their own. But there are also hyper intense periods of training and focus in preparation for a big match…then the recovery phase directly after during which the fighter looks over future offers and figures out their next move before committing to it fully. During this last stage the boxer’s coach is still a part of his or her process, but just not as intently as during preparation for the big event.
Who works with a Life Coach?
Entrepreneurs, business leaders, executives, small business owners, creative people, musicians, managers, start-ups, professionals and even home makers can all reach their goals faster and more efficiently with the help of a life coach. If there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, there is room for life coaching. Not only will your coach help you close the gap, but they will help you break through your limited beliefs and challenge you to think bigger. When you succeed, truly, your coach also succeeds!
What would you work on with a life coach?
- Setting and achieving goals and objectives
- Planning for your business, career and life
- Blasting through mental blocks and fears
- Clearing clutter, getting organized and focused
- Financial security and time independence
- Balancing business and personal life for endurance
- Making key decisions and designing strategies for success
- Communicating powerfully and succinctly
- Making your life and business into a problem-free zone
- Building powerful relationships that are win-win and last
- Breaking through the glass ceiling and getting promoted
- Finding a career or business that makes you happy doing it
- Finding the ideal partner or spouse for quality life together
- Getting out of a rut, coping with change or making a life transition
- Starting a business, growing or selling a business with excellence
- Building, living and maintaining a life you love to live and fulfills you
- Identifying core values and passions that make up your DNA
- Fulfilling your physical, emotional and spiritual needs
- Make more money and have more time to enjoy it
- Playing, having adventures, and a lot more fun!
- And much, much more…