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What does a Life Coach do, and how can they help me?

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Zara, Staff Writer

Wednesday, 17th February 2021

We often find times in our life when we wish we had someone to point us in the right direction, consolidate all our problems, hopes and dreams into one action plan and help us achieve the life we want. This is exactly what a life coach strives to do.

Once reserved for celebrities, life coaching has become a mainstream approach and to great success. Let’s take a look at the finer details of life coaching, how you can benefit and if it is the right approach for you. We aim to dispel myths, get to the facts and find out if a life coach is worth the time and money.

What does a Life Coach do?

In simple terms, a life coach is a professional who helps someone to make improvements in their day to day life. Whether this is in their relationships, career, home life or elsewhere, a life coach seeks to improve elements of a client's life, bettering their overall quality of life. Life coaches do this by helping clients to clarify goals, notice the obstacles that are holding them back, and create strategies that help them overcome these with great success.

A life coach can break down these obstacles in a way that a friend or family member can’t, as the life coach has no personal connection to the client.

Although a life coach can’t solve all the issues in your life, they can put their professional experience to the test and help guide you towards success. 

Who should hire a Life Coach?

Knowing when you should be hiring a life coach is a personal decision. However, there are certain times in a person’s life where they can benefit from hiring a life coach. If you are going through a particular period of anxiety or stress, hiring or talking with a life coach can help identify the elements of your life that are causing these stresses. If you find it hard to break bad habits, life coaches can assess why this is and help you kick the habit.

One of the biggest elements that lead to many hiring life coaches is their failure to create strong relationships in their life, whether these are based on family, romance or business relationships.

A Life Coach is not a therapist 

Although both therapists and life coaches help their clients to achieve a better quality of life, there's a huge distinction between the two. A therapist will be professionally qualified in far more detailed sciences such as psychology, looking deep into their client’s past to understand present behaviours. 

Life coaches are more concerned with the present. They’re experts at identifying current issues and coming up with various problem-solving strategies to tackle them, helping you to overcome obstacles in your everyday life. 

To sum up

The truth of the matter is all of us could do with a little guidance from time to time, no matter our age or where we’re at in life.

Yet, despite the most successful people swearing by having a life coach for years, lots of people are hesitant to give it a try. The best thing about a life coach is that they can help you decide what you want to do with your life, as well as how to make it happen.

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