The idea of having a life coach didn’t become popular until the 1980s, but the importance of a good life coach is undeniable. Nearly everyone can benefit from employing a life coach, but the actual results will rely on how you handle the process, and of course, the coach you select. Research is important before enlisting a life coach. After all, while there are many prospects out there, they will never be all the same. Below are considerations to make before you choose:
Know your purpose.
Life coaching has to be approached with a particular goal. Are you looking for an objective sounding board? Want to improve your work and home life balance? Financial freedom? Before you go searching for a life coach, know exactly what you want them to help you with. Some of them are general practitioners while others concentrate on specific areas of a person’s life.
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Have the right mindset.
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Before life coaching can work, the coachee has to be motivated enough to make changes in his life and have a genuine interest to learn. But it’s not going to be about hand holding or objectively examining the psyche. The coach will criticize you constructively and expect you to welcome change without getting offended.
Know their critiquing style.
As all of us have different ways of responding to criticism, which means your prospective the life coach’s critiquing style and approach will be pivotal.
Look for certifications but prioritize experience.
It’s great for a life coach to have formal certifications and training, but these are not heart and soul of life coaching. In fact, equally important is the professional’s experience and track record.
Look for someone who has decades of specialized experience and education.
It’s actual experience with actual clients that really count. In any case, if they claim to have specific credentials, that’s not enough. Ask to be shown proof.
Understand the coach’s system of success measurement.
Measurements of success may also be unique from one coach to the next. Ask what the systems are for monitoring progress and measuring success. If a coach is unable to give a clear answer to this question, they may not be the best for you, especially if you want concrete results.
Meet candidates personally to gauge your comfort Level.
Studies reveal the chemistry that exists between a coach and his client is vital to the success of the entire relationship. It is a must that you can trust and confide in your life coach. A lot of good coaches make it easy for clients to get into the process and open up; however, the more comfortable you are with someone from the get go, the more fruitful the relationship will likely be. Again, the only way to make an accurate assessment of this is to personally interview a prospective coach.