Life Coaching is a unique relationship between a life coach and the client aimed to unlock one’s full potential. Take a life coach as one of your best friends but with way more professional and life experience to guide you better towards success.
Does Life Coaching Work?
Life Coaches have the ability to observe from far which is scientifically termed as “Helicopter Vision”. This vision allows the coaches to understand your issues better without getting emotionally involved, which helps them to identify issues accurately and provide the best possible solutions.
According to a study conducted by the International Coaches Federation in 1998, 98% of clients found Life Coaching to be useful or very useful. Another study by ICF in 2009 revealed that 99.5% clients were satisfied or very satisfied with their Life Coach session.
A Life Coach works with individuals as well as organizations to add value to them in various aspects:
Improvement in self confidence & self esteem
When the career or life decision you make is facing continuous obstacles, your self confidence is likely to go down gradually. A Life Coach does more than simply offering tips and advices to the client. They find the root cause of your failure to cross the obstacles and help you work on them first. This not only clears the obstacles, but also boosts your self confidence.
Develop Better Strategies & Plans
A Life Coach may not be an expert engineer or a marketing expert, but the expertise they have in understanding the human behavior allows them to add insight to your goals. They do not give you the solution to the problem but focus on the cause of your road block. Once you find what is blocking you from moving forward, you yourself will be able to develop better strategies and plans to execute your process and achieve the set goals.
Honest & Unbiased Analysis
You are not attached to your Life Coach like you know your best friend; neither do they. This works as a great advantage for the clients as well as the coaches to look at your issues especially related to your nature and attitude honestly. An honest review and analysis without the fear of hurting you are essential to identify, accept and work on your issues. Life Coaches are careful with their words but deliver the message quite bluntly.
Just like a personal gym or fitness coach is always there to motivate you to grow consistently, a life Coach does it for a broader spectrum called “Life”. It is proven that in the presence of a coach, people workout more and gain levels quicker. This applies to your development in the presence of a Life Coach too.
Getting on the right path is not the final solution. There will still be problems and obstacles which may be out of your control. But a Life Coach knows how to keep you on track and helps you tackle them with consistent motivation.
Set Priorities & Filter Unproductive Beliefs
One of the most advantageous things you get from Life Coaching is the clarity to filter out what is unproductive. As an individual or an organization, you might think of many ways to improve your current status of approach, performance or processes. With a Life Coach there to guide you in understanding your priorities, you filter unproductive elements out from your life and save a lot of time & energy and utilize in the right place.
Know when to stop
While growing either in career or your personal life, one big mistake that you often make is of not knowing when to stop. There may be several ideas running in your mind which seem great as concepts but the execution of these ideas fail miserably. You keep on trying with different approaches which do not show any positive result. A Life Coach plays a vital role in understanding such situations and tells you when to stop pursuing what may not turn out to be fruitful. This helps you gain better analytical power about the things you should steer away from.
Investment worth the time & money
One question that people often ask themselves before hiring a Life Coach is whether the investment is worth the time or money. The simplest way to answer this is by comparing the time and money spent without coaching and after it. An ICF study in 2004 stated that almost every client found more than 50% of decrease in their expenses after going through Life Coaching sessions.
They also spend less time strategizing than usual and commit fewer mistakes. It results in efficient working and faster results in their goals. Secondly, Life Coaches do not stop communicating after the course ends. They are always available for their former clients to provide further help or assistance whenever required.