Do I Need A Coach To Help Improve My Life?

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“Everyone needs a coach. We all need people to give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

~ Bill Gates

Guess what most celebrities have in common? They have “coaches,” specifically; they have life coaches, who help them make important decisions like what role to take or when to begin touring.

Even athletes have “coaches” to help them win games and navigate their careers and personal lives. These coaches also help them remove negative and harmful people from their lives, so they can become their “best selves.” 

Thus, successful people tend to have a least one coach, but sometimes multiple coaches for various parts of their lives – to keep them on-track. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t have to be a celebrity or athlete to have a coach. No, everyday people, like you and I, can still benefit from coaching.

In other words, we all need help improving ourselves and our lives sometimes. And, that is what coaches, especially life coaches were born to do.

Life coaching has grown in popularity over the years; however, many people have never heard it, or are unaware of its function and purpose. How are life coaches beneficial and who are they beneficial for? Life coaching is beneficial for anyone who wants to change his or her “circumstances.”

If you are looking for ways to improve yourself and your life, you are in luck, because this article will help you learn if a life coach is what you’ve been looking for to enhance your life.

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Have you ever heard of the term, “life coach?” If not, you are not alone. Most people have never heard of “life coaches” or are only vaguely aware of them. So, what is a life coach? A life coach is a personal development specialist, who helps people make positive changes in their lives. A life coach is similar to a counselor or psychotherapist with some notable differences. 

What is the difference between a Life Coach and a Therapist?

A counselor or psychotherapist helps you improve your life by addressing past issues that could be preventing you from living your best life. Life coaches do not diagnose or treat people; rather they offer guidance or tips on how to enhance your life. More specifically, a life coach focuses on what is happening in your life right now. This specialist explores various aspects of your life, such as your physical health, social-emotional health, mental health, relationships, personal, financial, and/or spiritual development to find areas of improvement. 

Life coaches work with clients (not patients) over a predetermined amount of time (from a few months to indefinitely) either in-person or virtually to help clients get the results they are seeking. Coaches not only provide clients with continuous support but also hold them accountable for their actions. 

How can a Life Coach help me?

Life coaching is especially beneficial for young adults who are just now coming into their own. Young adults are figuring out who they are so they can become the person they want to be in the future so it just makes sense that some of these individuals may need a little guidance getting on the right path. 

As a young adult, you are probably trying to navigate adult independence, a blossoming career, romantic entanglements, and important friendships – all while maintaining peace of mind. That’s a lot, regardless of your age, but it’s even more when you’re just starting to “adult.” 

How can a life coach help you? Well, a life coach can teach you how to stop feeling confused, disconnected or dissatisfied and help you feel more centered, fulfilled, and empowered, so you can achieve your short-term and long-term goals. And, he or she provides you with the “tools” and “resources” to do just that! 

A life coach can also help you determine where you are currently and where you’d like to be in the future, so you can start working towards it. The goal of life coaching is to help you gain the clarity, confidence, courage, and conviction needed to make your dreams come true. 

How do I meet with a Life Coach?

Coaching sessions typically last between 45-minutes and an hour (give or take). Afterward, clients are asked to complete accompanying materials for the next session. Sessions are usually weekly with one week off a month. However, the exact number of sessions per week is determined by you and your coach. Some life coaches are available after hours for texts, emails, or phone support, while others are not. So, it is important to clarify “office hours” in advance.

Surprisingly, the most popular forms of life coaching involve phone calls.

In fact, approximately 94% of life coaching sessions take place over the phone. This is awesome because regardless of where you live, you can still engage in life coaching – all from the comfort of your couch or bedroom. As a result, life coaches have clients from all around the world. 

Although phone calls are the most common forms of life coaching, approximately 45% of life coaches use email to conduct sessions. “Tele-coaching” has also become quite popular due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Now that you have a clearer idea of what a life coach is and isn’t, the next question is “Do I need a life coach?”

Yes!

And, listed below are all of the reasons why having a life coach can elevate your life in ways you never imagined.  

Actionable Steps


1

Identify Your Purpose in Life

Do you feel as if you have been “floating” or “drifting” through life? Do you sometimes wonder what your purpose is in life? Do you feel like you’ve invested too much time in work, people and/or endeavors? Do you wonder what your next goal in life should be? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, a life coach is exactly what you need to identify your purpose in life

A life coach will ask you thought-provoking questions to help you better understand your experiences so you can determine the person you want to be and the things you want to achieve in life.

2

Achieve Your Goals

Is there anything you want to achieve this year, next year, or in the future? If so, a life coach can help you achieve them by helping you develop a detailed plan that can get you where you want to be in life. If you don’t have clearly defined goals yet, that is okay too! A life coach can help you define your goals and teach you how to set-up a step-by-step detailed action plan to achieve these goals. 

It’s okay to think-outside-the-box or even imagine and dream about who you’d like to be and what you want in life. The great thing about life coaches is they can help you make a plan so you can actually acquire what you’ve been dreaming about.

However, a coach will also stop you from trying to skip ahead or plan lofty goals too quickly. In other words, this specialist will keep you motivated but also hold you accountable for your actions – or lack thereof.  

3

Kick Your Addiction to the Curb – For Good

Are you struggling with addiction? Guess what? A life coach can help you! No, this specialist isn’t a “doctor,” however, a life coach can work alongside a doctor or addiction specialist to help you achieve sobriety and stay sober indefinitely. How? Well, a life coach can help you stay focused on the future – to remain in the present without becoming too bogged down in the past. 

When a life coach works with an addiction specialist or doctor, you get the best of both worlds – an expert who can help you process your feelings and past experiences and a coach who can help you improve yourself and accomplish your current goals so you don’t feel the need to revert to old habits – i.e. addictive substances or behaviors. 

Note: Addiction life coaches are also available to help you tackle your addiction and achieve your goals. Addiction life coaches are essentially experts who perform both functions. When you opt for an addiction life coach you only work with one specialist who addresses both of your concerns. 

4

Stop Anxiety and Depression from Crippling You

Are you so anxious and depressed that it is negatively affecting your life? Do you feel helpless and hopeless? Do you feel lost and don’t know where to turn next? Do you feel as if your emotions are “running the show?” If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you are probably in desperate need of a life coach, in addition to a mental health professional. 

When you are experiencing emotional distress, it’s hard to make sense of what’s happening around you and what is causing the distress. Perhaps, it something that happened in your past or, maybe, something right now is making you feel anxious and depressed. 

While a mental health professional focuses on past traumas and experiences, a life coach takes an in-depth look at what is happening now in your life that may be contributing to your anguish. 

A life coach gives you tips on how to think more positively and accomplish your goals so you can feel more in control of your life. More specifically, he or she helps you identify and address possible triggers of your stress, anxiety, and/or depression so you can become the “best version of yourself.”

5

Stop Procrastinating

Do you tend to put things off for a later time? Have you been feeling uninspired or unmotivated lately? If the answer is “yes,” a life coach could help you stop procrastinating.

A life coach holds you accountable, ensuring that you complete tasks in a timely manner. Excuses will not fly with this life specialist. A life coach can help you reframe how you see your tasks so you feel more inspired to act.

Coaches For All Your Self-Improvement Needs!

About the Author


Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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