These are professionals who provide the guidance and encouragement their clients need to improve their relationships, lives, and careers. They help them to be aware of their dreams and skills, and refocus on their life’s goals. They also help the client move past challenges that are standing in their way of those goals they want to reach.
There are many reasons that a person might need to have a life coach. Some of those reasons can include:
• Wanting to learn how to benefit from their own talents and strengths.
• Needing some guidance on moving forward in their career
• Not having an acceptable life-work balance
• Not knowing what to do about a major decision that could be life changing
• Being stressed out
• Not being as healthy as you should be
When you decide that you are going to work with a life coach, the first thing that you will do is sit down with them in person or call them on the phone. The sessions will range from fifteen to sixty minutes. During this time, you will discuss what you want to accomplish. Through the questions that your coach asks and the answers you give will help you decide what your goals are. You will also discuss the challenges that could be in the way. Next is to outline the different steps you are going to take in order to reach those goals.
During the time you are working with your life coach you will have assignments of things to do or think about as you work in the direction of your goals You may need to write or create a “plan of action” or write in a journal of things that you want to complete. Along the way to accomplish your goals, your life coach will give guidance and support. You will be held accountable for reaching those goals. You will be working with your life coach for a few months or longer. How often you meet and what you are hoping to accomplish will help build the time frame of how long the two of you will be working together.
The cost of having such a coach can vary from one to three hundred dollars an hour or one thousand to three thousand dollars a month. When choosing your life coach you need to be able to trust them to help you reach your goals and feel strongly that they will help you reach them. Look for a life coach that has credentials from ICF, which is the International Coach Federation. This shows that they have a strong code of ethics and the knowledge and skill to be a life coach.