I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that not everybody wants a life coach.
And I still hope you’ll agree with me again when I say that everyone needs a life coach. Sounds confusing, right, but it’s pretty simple. Most of us need life coaching but not every one of us really wants it. This piece right here is therefore made to acknowledge those who feel certain they’d be fine without the service of a coach.
But before we go right down into the details, let’s discuss what a life coach really does.
What does a life coach do?
Tony Robbins described a life coach as a professional whose services are aimed at helping you identify goals and develop actionable plans through which those goals can be achieved.
As humans, our life goals are diverse and that’s why there are diverse types of life coaches. While some coaches can help with a few different areas, some others are specialized in different areas of life.
These may include
- business coaching,
- career coaching,
- health and wellness coaching,
- couples coaching,
- financial coaching,
all covered under the big umbrella of life coaching.
Okay, let’s discuss career coaching!
What is career coaching?
There are professionals to always provide counsel with different areas of life and our professional careers happen to be one of the most important among these.
A good career coach helps people struggling/looking to improve their career.
Whether you’re a fresh graduate who can’t figure out what to do with your degree at the moment or a seasoned professional submerged in what looks like a career crisis, you’ll need a career life coach to help you wriggle out of these unappealing situations.
Do you need a career coach?
At times, even deciding on a career path can become very complicated. People may find trouble deciding or finding a suitable industry to enter. Among other things, a career coach will help you identify and match your skills and abilities to potential careers that would suit you.
Not everyone wants a career coach. But if you’re experiencing a career crisis, can’t define or understand where your current path lead, needs a career boost, or even can’t understand where to start, then you definitely need a career coach-and a good one at that!
Do we all need a life coach?
So, now we know what a life coach or a career coach can do. But do we all need one?
Maybe or maybe not, it depends.
You don’t need a life coach if you feel your life is good enough
Some people are perfectly okay and content with where their lives are.
I love contentment and I feel it’s something we should all practice. Where my problem starts is when contentment starts to inhibit my dreams.
You see, convincing yourself that you’re where you should be can be costly. So, my being a life coach is not necessarily to push you into discontentment and dissatisfaction. Rather, I’ll help you celebrate this life you have now and then cheer you on to a better life because you can do it!
Your career is fine and doesn’t need improvements
A good career coach can provide the boost you need to take your career to the next level, only if you really want that. If you feel like everything with your career is just right and doesn’t need any improvement, then you probably don’t need a career coach.
Again, there’s so much we can do but only if we don’t limit ourselves.
Whether you’re currently having a career challengeor would like to make what’s already good even better, you’ll need a career coach. Only if you feel like it can’t get any better than this.
You don’t need a life coach if you dread change
If you feel like all about being comfortable, then you need a rethink.
We want improvements to our lives but most of us would rather stay the same just because we feel safe and good. But life coaches don’t agree with that most of the time.
I, for one,would prefer my client to takerisks! I usually challenge them to embrace change even when it may be taking them out of their comfort zones. It’s not like I enjoy seeing people struggle. I do this because of my belief that real transformations only comes from these changes. And I’m here to help them achieve these transformations.
You hate having to pay for this!
Why pay a life coach when you can just turn to your friends and families for advice?
It’s not uncommon to see people talk about how much they hate paying for what they believe they can get free elsewhere.
If I may ask, would you turn to your friend to repair your faulty air conditioner?
Would you rather have your friend fix the leak on your roof than have a professional come over?
There is real value in a good life coach
Think about this; we pay for entertainment, for haircuts, for gym memberships, for food and drinks, for clothes, creams and cosmetics, and those other things that make us look good. Why then should it be a problem to pay a professional that will even, more importantly, help you improve your life to achieve your core life goals?
If we would be objective, this does not make that much sense.
So, while it’s definitely a great thing to have friends and families to turn to for advice, you still should not fail to see the value in having a trained professional help you objectively identify your strengths and weaknesses, question your views and perception, and ultimately help you get out of complex life situations.
It’s high time we start seeing the value that comes with life coaching.
While you may think you’re good enough, a life coach will help you tap further into your potential so you can get more out of life. People in career, relationship, financial and other life crisis can also get the help they need to surmount the challenges.
A good life coach has so much value and I tend to believe most of us that are even coaches actually need coaching too.
Bijan Kholghi is a life coach with a special psychological education in hypno-systemic coaching. His teacher Dr. Gunther Schmidt is the founder of Milton Erickson Institute in Heidelberg (Germany), a direct student of Milton H. Erickson, and a leading figure in psychotherapy education in Europe. His highly effective coaching and therapy method helps people getting aware of their unconscious pattern and gaining control over them. This leads to a more fulfilled and happier life.