Life/Style:  life coach, guru, mentor, whatever – what’s it all about?

Why are there so many life coaches out there?

First you must have a life
First you must have a life

It’s becoming stylish to hire a life coach. Remember when life was simple (well simple enough when you were little and your parents made all the decisions on your behalf)?  Why is it that now there appears to be more of a need for professional help for reasonably healthy individuals on how to live our lives? Are we capable of making our own decisions and choices without consulting a professional?

Are we that helpless, misguided and confused in our personal and professional choices?  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with seeking help but where do we draw the line?

I can understand hiring a financial advisor to help sort out your financial goals, a marriage/couples counsellor or shrink for personal & trauma situations or a sports coach.  I just never got the role of “lifestyle coach” so I did a bit of research.  It’s kind of like having a personal trainer but for your life. 

life2Just like the people who push athletes to greatness in sports, life and wellness coaches push their clients to find success and satisfaction from their job or lifestyle.

When considering a particular area of life, be it career, family, relationships, health, and so on, individuals fall into one of five camps:

1.I don’t know what I want;
2. I know what I want, but don’t know how to get it;
3. I know what I want and how to get it, but something keeps holding me back;
4. I know what I want, how to get it and I’m motivated and on track; and
5. I know what I want and I’ve already got it!

Life Coaching 101: Life coaching helps in an in-depth way that crosses all the contexts of your life.  For example in your job and in retirement, in your personal life, your social ife, and in public areas.  A life coach helps you, in just about any context, to do things like…

get unstuck, climb out of your box

  • create healthy habits
  • have more fun
  • unleash your creativity
  • improve your relationships
  • connect to your life purpose and your inner passions
  • develop your leadership potential
  • identify and reach your goals.life3
  • Anyone can call themselves a coach. It is true that being good life coach does not require certification or credentials from an accredited Coach Training Program.
  • But a Life Coach whose passion is in “being” a coach will want to be the best he/she can be. They’ll seek out a reputable coach training program. They’ll be a life-long-learner, a seeker who wants to give himself/herself knowledge and skills and tools beyond his/her natural (and excellent) intuition and listening skills.

      What is the role as a client?

  • As the client you will bring to coaching the Agenda. Where you are at present in your life and where you want to be in the future. You will use the tools, concepts and principles that the coach will provide during each session to take the courageous actions which will help you create the life you want. You will be fully responsible for your transformation in accordance with your values, your preferences and your personal circumstances.

      What is the role of coach?

  • The role of a coach is to help you maintain the focus on the way to your transformation and to notice the currents below the surface of what seems like calm shimmering water. With powerful questioning, intuition, inquiry, challenges and respect for who you are and where you are, a good coach will stretch you and challenge you, but above all will light the way when you are lost and can’t see the ‘bigger picture’ as doubt and fear is all you can see.

I can see a niche for this but what kind of people are qualified?  If someone is going to set your life on track they better have a lot of attributes. The ideal coach would have to be emotionally balanced, very patient, financially secure or at least financially stable, have a spiritual nature, be lots of fun, has or has had a successful job or career, a people-person, healthy, creative, goal oriented, compassionate, a good listener, a bit of a fortune teller and a drill sargeant, a detective in helping you decide what you want and a true leader.  In other words – if not perfect, then almost perfect.

I haven’t met anyone quite like this and until I do I’ll continue to make my own decisions which usually leads to making some mistakes but at least I have no one else to blame but myself. I am however considereng becoming a life coach should anyone care to hire me kidding of course.

Have you ever looked into becoming a life coach or considered hiring one?


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