When you think of a life coach, what do you think of? For many people their initial reaction may not be positive, you may wonder if they are another unnecessary consultant that is going to charge significant fees without delivering any real results.
What is a life coach?
If you consider what coaching is, you may well change your opinion of a life coach. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as an activity where a life coach partners ‘with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential’. From this, we can conclude that a life coach is a person who plays a significant role in the personal and professional development of individuals.
Now we have clarified what a life coach is, it is important to consider why you should hire a life coach. In this article, we will outline our top five reasons:
- Prepare for a new challenge or opportunity
During the course of your personal and professional life, you will undoubtedly be presented with new challenges and opportunities. You may not know how to best approach a challenge or opportunity, this is where life coaching can help, a life coach can help you overcome challenges and approach an opportunity in a way that will maximise your chance of success.
- Take your life in a new direction and regain a sense of purpose
Taking your life in a new direction, perhaps by re-launching your career in a new sector or starting a business is a significant step for any individual to make. Naturally, as there is so much at stake you will probably want some professional guidance to steer your efforts. A life coach will be able to help you devise a life plan; this will empower you to align your goals with your passions to create a fulfilling and balanced life.
- Gain New Skills And Knowledge
Acquiring new skills and knowledge can be problematic without clear guidance. By hiring a life coach you will be able to benefit from their decades of experience and all the lessons that they have learned throughout their career. This should help you avoid the common pitfalls of skill and knowledge acquisition and accelerate the rate at which you can grow personally and professionally.
- Accelerate your progress
Achieving your goals and objectives within a shorter timeframe is a common priority within a personal and business context. Life coaching can help you to increase your productivity by creating purpose and balance in your life. You can also benefit from a life coach’s help in creating a step-by-step plan as well as their feedback and guidance throughout the execution of the plan. By accelerating your progress, you will be able to see a clear return on your life coaching investment.
- Re-establish a work/life balance
Losing your work/life balance is a very common problem for busy professionals; they often find that their work encroaches on their personal life. Coaching can be a significant help when you are trying to restore this balance once it has been lost. By aligning your goals with your life passions, it is possible to restore a workable balance. This will allow you to make professional progress while maintaining an active and healthy personal life.
Are you ready to achieve real results?
Book your FREE 30-minute coaching session with Lesley Strachan today.
About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach
Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, The USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.