One of the biggest trends of 2019 resolutions is that of self-development and growth. It may have a lot to do with our increased awareness of self-care or maybe we’ve all just realised that actually, embarking on an unenjoyable, restricted diet isn’t something that will bring us joy in 2019. With the development of these mindset shifts, more and more people are turning towards a hiring a life coach.
Along with terms like wellness, self-care and empowerment, an initial approach to life coaching is often met with hesitance from individuals. Similar to apprehension towards anything new in life, this stems from a lack of understanding. We spoke to Resilience and Business coach, Siobhan Murray for an insight into what a life coach can do for you, the benefits they can offer and how to find the right coach for you
What is a life coach?
The definition of a Life Coach is ‘a person employed to help people attain their goals in life’. In simple terms a Life Coach works with clients targeting specific actionable goals. A Life Coach will take a very focused approach to get clarity and results in their clients professional and personal life.
Life coaching is very different from giving advice, mentoring, counselling and psychotherapy sessions. A coach helps clients to grow by analysing their current situation, identifying existing and potential challenges and obstacles that have been holding them back and will devise a custom plan of action designed to help their clients achieve specific outcomes in their lives.
“[A life coach is] a person employed to help people attain their goals in life”
What are the key benefits of working with a coach?
What may come as a surprise is that nearly every successful coach has a coach, be it a Life Coach or a Business Coach. Even I have my own coach who guides me, challenges me and supports me in being the best I want to be in my life personally and professionally.
So more specifically, what can people expect from working with a Life Coach?
Working with a Life Coach can help you create clarity on the following areas in your life;
- What’s most important to you in life?
- What’s most important to you in your career?
- What’s most important to you in your relationships?
- What are you tolerating in your life?
- What do you want MORE of?
- What do you want LESS of?
What do you wish more people knew about working with a life coach?
Before I first started working with my own coach I genuinely didn’t think I needed one! I already had a successful business and wasn’t struggling with anything major in my personal life. I pretty much thought I had all bases covered. But the reality was very different, I wanted to take my business to next level, I wanted to up-level and this is where having the support and guidance of a Life Coach made sense.
Having a Life Coach isn’t just about having the support and accountability when you are struggling with issues, it’s about having the foresight to invest in yourself so that you can continually grow in the direction you are already going in!
If you think about it this way, people like Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey have Life Coaches and Business Coaches, not because they are struggling with issues in their lives but because they want the guidance, accountability and a different viewpoint in their ideas and visions.
Life Coaches are solution focused, they work at getting their clients to believe in themselves and reach their goals, professionally and personally. An interesting fact about Coaches is that more and more of them are working globally, I work with clients all over the world as all my sessions are held via Skype or Zoom. Conducting my client sessions via Skype means that my clients don’t waste their precious time travelling to and from my office and also, working remotely means that clients, regardless of where they live in the world, can work with me. So if you find a Coach you’d like to work with, and they live in a different country, chances are that they will still be able to work with you!
“Nearly every successful coach has a coach.”
Who is the ideal candidate for working with a Life Coach?
Everyone who wants to invest in themselves!
Personally, I work with female entrepreneurs, professionals and women who are re-entering the work force after taking time out to raise their family, helping women to re-ignite their self-worth, build resilience and grow into their full potential.
How can people find the right coach for them?
If you are interested in working with a coach I would recommend doing your research. Find the person who is the right fit for you. When I was looking to work with a coach I spent time ensuring that my coach had the same beliefs and similar goals as I do. And I didn’t keep myself tied to working with a coach who was based in the same country as I am, in fact my coach lives halfway around the world and all my calls and sessions with her are done via Skype. A lot of coaches will take the time to speak to you initially for no cost to ensure they are a good fit for you, take your time and find your right fit, if you are going to invest in yourself then make sure you are excited to work with you coach and that your coach is even more excited to work with you!
What to do if you want to become a coach yourself?
There are lots of different options in training to become a Life Coach. What I would suggest first and foremost is to write down exactly why you want to become a Coach and what strengths and skills do you already have that will make you a great Coach. Do an introductory course on Life Coaching, it is a great way of tipping your toe in the water to see if you’d like to train further.