7 reasons you should be hiring a life coach
Here are my 7 reasons why you should hire a life coach.
Hearing so much about life coaches these days? It feels like they’re popping up everywhere. Your interest has been peaked, and wondering if you should be hiring one. The answer could be a resounding yes.
Life coaching. You’ve seen ads pop up on your Facebook or Instagram accounts, you hear it referenced sometimes in the media or maybe in the movies or TV, perhaps you’ve got a friend or acquaintance who has worked with one. But what is a Life Coach? And how do you know if hiring one would be helpful?
I’ve been coaching for several years in various organizations and running a private coaching practice for the past 3 years. Here are my top 7 reasons why you should be hiring a Life Coach, based on many former client experiences!
- You have an important goal you want make sure you reach. Maybe it’s career-related, maybe it’s a personal goal, maybe it’s improving a relationship, maybe it’s doing more for yourself, maybe it’s financially related, or health-related, or spiritual in nature. It doesn’t matter, but what you know for sure is that it’s nagging at you. You must do something about it because you won’t feel settled if you don’t. You can’t ignore it any longer and want to make 100% certain that you’ll finally address it. Coaching is a fool-proof way to help you reach your goals.
- You are willing to make the time. Any good coach will tell you that to make transformational change and progress, you need to meet several times with each other. One session is just not going to cut it; in my opinion, anything less than 6 sessions just isn’t worth it. Expect most coaching engagements to be between 9-12 sessions in order to reap the biggest benefits.
- You have a hard time holding yourself accountable. You have good plans but have a hard time seeing them through; perhaps you tend to bite off more than you can chew at one time, maybe you don’t even know where to get started and thoughts never turn into actions. You also get overwhelmed easily with how to accomplish something. A coach is a fantastic way to help you break down all of these big lofty goals into small, clear, achievable steps – and they will keep you accountable for your progress. There is something about showing up for someone else that gives us that extra oomph to do what we say we will.
- You need better support to reach your goal. Do your friends and family tend just to tell you what you want to hear? Do you need an unbiased perspective? Perhaps you just don’t have that connection with someone in your life who cheers you on, who helps you pick yourself up when you fall, who is reliable to be there when they say they will, or who tells you what you need to hear. Perhaps your goal isn’t really anyone else’s business in your personal or professional life, and you want to keep it confidential. A coach provides a completely confidential, safe environment where you can feel free to express yourself as you’d like and where you will also have a person on the opposite end whose only desire is to help you help yourself make the change you desire. Pure and simple.
- You want the help of a professional but feel a therapist or counselor is not the right fit. Many of us want to go talk to someone to get help on a problem or goal. Therapists and counselors hold specific licenses that allow them to diagnose mental or emotional issues, use specific therapeutic modalities, and do some very deep exploration of past experiences. This can be extremely helpful, even necessary, particularly for people struggling in life due to experiences they have not been able to process through or for changes in mood or behavior that impact their everyday lives. Not everyone needs this. And life coaching is very different than therapy or counseling. Life coaching focuses on the future. There is no diagnosis of any kind of mental of emotional disorders. It is a co-collaborative relationship that leverages deep reflective discussion, support, and accountability – all with the intent to move you closer to the goal you desire. Let me be so clear though when I say before hiring a Life Coach, Do. Your. Homework. The coaching industry is highly unregulated and extremely saturated, basically anyone can slap the title of ‘coach’ behind their name and start charging people for their services. But not everyone is a trained, experienced coach and they can do more harm than good. Look specifically for a coach who is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This is the one and only recognized gold-standard credentialing organization in the United States. The standards to become a credentialed coach are intensive. You can be certain that those who emerge with their accreditation from the ICF are well-equipped to provide coaching to others.
- You see investing in yourself as a good thing. You’re willing to spend money on a coach. Coaching fees can vary widely from coach to coach, and you can anticipate the range to be on average, anywhere from $100-$300 per session. A good coach will be transparent and straightforward with their pricing, and many will provide payment plan options. You need to be the type of person who sees paying for a coach not as a downside, but as a realistic expectation towards an investment in you, just like anything else.
- You are motivated to make a change. Listen, we all have things we want to improve, do differently, or change. BUT we may not be motivated to do them all. A key signal you are NOT ready for a life coach is that you are not really motivated to make the change you want. For instance, let’s say you want to change careers, you daydream about it, you envision getting out of the current job. When it comes right down to it though the fear of actually having to take the necessary steps to make the change is too much and you’d rather just stay put and deal with the situation you’re in. There’s no judgment in that. But if you took on a coach to help you with something you’re just not ready to do, you’ll find yourself making excuses to not show up to a session and really feel like you’ve wasted your time and money. You HAVE to be ready to make the change and willing to put the work in, even when it’s scary, new, or different.
If you find yourself in any of these reasons, then a life coach might be just the partner you need to help you with your goals, wishes, and dreams. Most coaches will offer no-risk consultations that you can take advantage of to learn more about that coach’s background, approach, and fees.
Interested in learning more about coaching with me? Schedule a free 30-minute call with my coaching practice at Harmony & Success Personal Coaching. I have helped many midlife women, just like you! Click here to get on my schedule! I’d love to get to know you more and discover where I can help!