Life coaching seems to be talked about more these days than ever before. And, if you’re like most people, you probably feel that only really inadequate people would need a life coach.
But, could it be that this attitude will just serve to deny you a very real opportunity to move your life into a new, more positive direction?
A life coach will use various techniques taken from psychology, counseling and mentoring and use them to come up with a personalized plan based on your personality and goals. When you’ve worked out exactly what you want from life, a life coach will start by looking at how your behavior and attitude has to change to enable you to achieve your goals.
A life coach has to be a good listener because they have to really understand what it is you are saying, and how you are saying it, to be able to work out the correct plan of action for you. Certainly, talking through your aims and objectives with someone who is very good at listening and coming up with a workable achievement plan could be the best thing you can do to move forward in life.
Of course, it can be difficult to find someone you can have absolute confidence in to coach you, because you don’t need any specific qualifications or experience to call yourself a life coach.
Your best plan of action, if possible, is to find someone who has used a life coach and would recommend them based on their experience – the old ‘word of mouth’ recommendation.
There is an organization, the International Coach Federation, that is aiming to introduce a full certification program and a set of standards that it expects all life coaches registered with it to adhere to. But, it has to be said at the moment that ‘let the buyer beware’ is still a very relevant statement in this area.
As with so many things these days, the Internet can be a great source of useful feedback if you are seeking the services of a reputable life coach. Do an online search to find forums and user groups where people are discussing their experiences of life coaching. Here you’ll find many useful pointers to enable you to make an informed choice of a good life coach for you.
Any reputable life coach will agree to an orientation session that you don’t pay for where you can get a feel for whether you think you can work with them or not, and you should certainly take advantage of this before handing over any expensive fees.
If your life is not going in the direction you would ideally like, then getting a life coach could be just what you need to ensure you start fulfilling your real potential.