Life coaching is a highly tuned and potent process of communication and problem solving. The relationship between the coach and a client is co-creative and focuses entirely on the client’s interests, challenges and goals.
A masterful coach listens deeply to you and asks powerful questions. Coaches believe that you know the answers to every question or challenge that you may have in your life, even if those answers appear to be obscured, concealed or hidden inside. You are the expert in your life who truly knows who you are and what you need. A coach helps you expand beyond your limitations to become a stronger, more alive human being. The skills and ideas you gain from coaching endure well beyond the paid coaching period, so you aren’t just paying for the time spent with your coach. The tremendous shifts that take place will last a lifetime.
Life coaching sessions can be online via Skype, on the phone, or in person. The type of coaching varies as much as the cost. Coaches specialize in the following areas:
- Relationships and dating
- Family and parenting
- Personal development
- Career planning
- Business development
- And much more
The two major considerations when hiring a life coach are:
- Coaching credentials
- A good match
Not all people who call themselves a life coach are certified by an accredited professional school. Certification is very important, because life coaching is a profession that requires very specific skills, conduct standards, and a foundation of training which is only taught in qualified schools. Research the bio of potential coaches for their credentials.
To find a coach who is a good match for you, it is best to speak directly with her or him and ask for a sample session. You’ll want to feel comfortable enough with your coach to develop the deep trust so necessary for breakthrough coaching. As a coach, I am always willing to spend time speaking with you, answering your questions and addressing your concerns.
A good time to hire a life coach is when you have the need, motivation and drive to work with a professional to change something you care deeply about in your life.