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What is a Life Coach

A life coach bridges the gap between where you are today and where you want to go in the future. Like coaches for professional athletes they can help you develop a better version of yourself by unlocking your full potential and removing personal obstacles

"Part consultant, part motivational speaker, part therapist and part rent-a-friend, coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals — career, personal, or most often, both"
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Life coaches will focus on a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Typically a methodology will be communicated to you on how they will center their life coaching technique. This could be a work-life balance approach or something similar to what we use at Big Box Coaching, the Ikigai method. 

No matter the techniques or methodologies the benefits to you are numerous. 

  • Strengthen your personal foundation
  • Raise your standards and eliminates tolerations
  • You set strong boundaries that keep you focus
  • An opportunity to focus on you
  • Greater clarity through an unbiased opinion
  • Improve motivation, encouragement and support
 


"Coaches have the ability to view things from afar — in what some call ‘helicopter vision’ — and to shed new light on difficult situations. Often they can act as a sounding board through tough decisions, help sharpen skills, and motivate."
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Life coaches can work on a wide range of topics depending on their skill set and expertise.  

  • Setting and achieving goals and objectives
  • Planning — business, career, and life
  • Blasting through blocks and fears
  • Financial security and independence
  • Balancing business and personal life
  • Designing strategies for success
  • Communicating powerfully and succinctly
  • Becoming a problem-free zone
  • Building powerful relationships
  • Breaking through the glass ceiling
  • Getting promoted
  • Finding the ideal career
  • Getting out of a rut
  • Making an important life transition
  • Starting a business
  • Growing a business
  • Finding the ideal partner/love/relationship
  • Living an ideal life
  • Identifying core values and passions
  • Fulfilling personal and emotional needs
  • Getting organized
  • Making more money
  • Having loads more time to enjoy life

How is a Life Coach Different Then...

Consulting. Life coaching can be considered a form of consulting. However, consulting is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you’d expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. Life coaches, on the other hand, may or may not have a background or experience in your field. A coach is a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your business and personal life. Unlike many consultants who propose a solution and leave you to implement it, the life coach stays with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills, and goals to make sure they really happen. This is one reason why coaching is so effective–it is one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change!

Therapy. Life coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychotherapists. If you start the process of life coaching, and have not resolved a past issue, then it is very likely you will be referred to work with a therapist to resolve the issue. It is very common for unresolved traumas to stop us from getting what we want in our lives. Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. We help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Most life coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so.

Sports. Life coaching often includes principles from sports coaching, such as being your best, doing more than you think you can, working with a team, going for the goal. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not a competition. Your life coach will help you win in your own life!

Best friend. A best friend or two or three is wonderful to have. But is your best friend an objective professional who you can trust to advise you on the most important aspects of your life or business? Sometimes our friends can’t tell us the truth as much as they would like to because they don’t want to risk losing the friendship. A good life coach is never afraid to tell you the truth and is willing to be fired at any time. Why not have a best friend and a life coach?

Questions to Ask a Life Coach

When you are truly ready to make changes in your life, here are some key questions to consider to find the coach who will be right for you. We are talking about YOUR life! Take the time to make sure you align yourself with the best person to support you.

  1. What is it I want to accomplish?
    Know what success looks like with your coaching relationship. You may have specific goals or your goal may be to get more clarity around your goals. Be clear on what you want to accomplish to invest your energy in the most beneficial way.
     
  2. What kind of coach do I need?
    There are a variety of coaches, who fall under titles such as executive coach, nutritional coach, spiritual guide, healer, holistic coach, or life coach. Some focus on business, relationships, health, and wellness, or life in general. Set a clear intention to find the most perfect coach for you. Know what is important to you and look for that in your coach.
     
  3. How much am I willing to invest?
    To be successful you need to be ready to invest time, money, and emotional equity. The more committed you are to the process, the more results you'll accomplish. This looks different for everyone, have an idea of how much you're willing to spend, and how much time and energy you are willing, and have too commit.
     
  4. What results have they achieved in their own life?
    Does the coach live the type of life you respect? If you are looking for peace in your life, does your coach give you the sense of serenity? Is your goal more confidence and they exude strength? Are they using their own tools to manifest their dreams? While your coach may not live exactly the same way as you in the physical realm, they may just have something inside, like clarity of purpose, which is your greatest desire.
     
  5. Is the coach giving me advice?
    You have all the inner resources you need to solve even your most complicated problems. While it may feel good in the short term to have someone answer the questions for you for a variety of reasons, the best coaches will provide you with a safe environment and framework to guide you to the answers within your heart. This also allows you to build the skills you need when your coach is not around. 
     
  6. What does my heart say?
    The most important variable in it all is what your heart is telling you. Does your heart sing in thinking about working with this individual? On the days you meet resistance, is this the person you want by your side? Choosing the best coach for you is perfect opportunity to practice making decisions with your heart and trusting yourself.

Hiring the best life coach is an important decision. Use these questions to guide you to find the right coach for you. Remember, what is important for you is unique to you. This is your life and you want the right support system to make it the best it can be!!!

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