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Ten Things to Expect from Life Coaching

Posted 1/11/2017

Following on from an earlier post about why people might want to use a Life Coach, I thought it would be useful to outline what to expect from a coach.  Many people aren’t clear on what a coach does, how it works or what to expect.  Hopefully this ten point list will help to clarify things:

  1.  A coach will help you to set goals.  You might have some goals in mind or perhaps be looking for guidance as to what your goals should be but together, you and your coach will identify a set of goals that will get you where you want to be.
  2. A coach will help you identify what you want out of life, help you find the clarity that you need.  This can be achieved through discussion, questioning and even the use of exercises.
  3. A coach will help build your confidence.  This is a common reason why people seek the services of a coach and so it is an area that most coaches feel comfortable with.  Once again, discussion and thought provoking exercises are the main tools used.
  4. A coach will help to motivate you once you are clear on what it is that you want to achieve.  Talking about why you want something so badly usually leaves big clues as to the motivations behind the goal and a coach will help you to uncover these and focus on them.
  5. A coach will help keep you focussed on the outcome(s) you are seeking through regular meetings, contact in between sessions where appropriate and a clear pathway of of goals and targets to keep you on track.
  6. A coach will help you find the tools and resources you need to reach your goals.  This could be directing you to online resources, recommended books, journalling skills, other therapies that may compliment your journey…it could be anything!
  7. Help you keep things realistic and possible – sometimes we have goals that we hold for years, things that we feel strongly that we will achieve in years to come.  But as they years go by, perhaps those goals feel further away or less achievable.  But a good coach will help you find a way to make those goals feel realistic and possible.
  8. A coach may provide accountability where it is required – for example if you need someone to check in with to keep you focussed.  This works well with weight loss coaching as an example.
  9. A good coach will offer a place to come back to when needed – whether it is in a month, a year, five years.  No coach should extend the length of therapy beyond that which is required for the client, but it is common and entirely acceptable for a client to touch base with their coach at a later date, either to refresh their goals, tweak some elements of their situation or just check in.
  10. Every coach should provide a safe space to talk honestly and without judgement.  Coaches should be registered with a professional body, bound by that body’s code of ethics and able to offer confidential coaching without prejudice or judgement.

Many coaches offer a free consultation or discovery session for people who are interested in receiving coaching but aren’t sure what is involved or looking for the right coach (who you choose is very important).  If you are offered this chance of a free session, always take it.  It gives you a great opportunity to meet and talk with the coach before you commit to any sessions with them, and this will really help you to understand their approach, there personality and whether they feel like the right choice for you.

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