Do you have goals and aspirations that you are not sure you can reach? Do you feel stuck in your pursuit of your goals? Your goal can be to return to school, find a better job, find a life mate, grow your business, lose weight, or improve your health. A life coach can help you remove the blocks that are keeping you from achieving your goals, formulate a plan, and help you get there. Here is how you can choose the right one.
- seek a coach that specializes in the goal that you have
- contact the coach and speak to them directly
- ascertain if the coach has had success with the type of goal you are pursuing
- check the coaches publications
- evaluate your progress after you have had a few sessions
- get a life coach if you are struggling with mental health issues
- get coaching if you don’t plan on doing the homework
- hesitate to find another coach if you aren’t making progress
- expect a perfect life after you have reached your goals
- expect to reach your goal in a short time
You can find coaches on Google. Specifically the International Coaching Federation has a directory and there are other agencies that list coaches. Life Coaches can help you with all aspects of life: weight loss, return to school, relationship issues, etc. Some can help you formulate your goals if you are not sure what they are. Business coaches help you grow your business, learn to motivate employees, structure your business, and keep your motivation.
It is important to find out if the coach is a good fit for you. Sometimes you just won’t feel comfortable with certain people. Find one whom you are not only comfortable with, but who gets you excited about your goals and the process of reaching them.
Coaches are usually eager to share the successes they have had. See if their profile and advertisement includes testimonials from previous clients. Make sure the life coach you want to work with has had success with the type of goals you are wanting to pursue.
If the coach that you are considering has written books or articles, learn about them. Some coaches will give you a homework assignment to do the exercises in their book. It could be worth the investment to buy their book first and see if you like what they are offering. Almost all coaches have websites where you can learn from viewing the website and getting on chats with people who are being coached.
After you have had two or three sessions, see if you are satisfied with the progress you are making. If you are satisfied keep seeing the coach and if you are not, it is okay to change to another coach. Another coach can offer you a different perspective to the same or another goal you are trying to achieve.
If you are depressed, anxious, have mood swings or are struggling with addiction, don’t get a coach, pursue therapy instead. Sometimes it is a fine line between the issues that therapy helps and the issues that coaching helps. Suppose you have a goal but you are too depressed to work towards it. You probably need to seek therapy first and then get coaching when you have the depression handled. People often have anxiety about pursuing their goals, if the anxiety is debilitating to the point that you have trouble functioning in everyday life, then you need therapy.
One of the main benefits of coaching is accountability. A good coach will hold you accountable for your work towards your goal and discourage you from making excuses. If you don’t like that, then you probably should not have a goal. However, if you want someone to hold you accountable, then coaching will be good for you.
If you are not making progress towards your goal after 3 or 4 sessions, find another coach. You may be tempted to stay with the coach you have because you have already invested your money and time with them. However, it is better to change and cut your losses if you are not progressing.
Coaching can help you be motivated to pursue your goals. However, it can not solve all of your problems. Accept that life is not perfect but can be better.
Although some goals can be reached in a short time, for example, lose 5 lbs. Most goals can take several months to years to achieve. A coach can give you the tools, but you have to apply yourself and be patient. A good coach can help you enjoy the process of working towards the goal.
Coaching has become a popular service in recent years. It is important to find the coach who can help you acquire the tools to reach your specific goal. You should get one who specializes in your type of goal, one you are comfortable with, and one who ignites your enthusiasm towards your goal.