What Is A Life Coach?
Life coaching is where an eager client creates a meaningful relationship with a credible life coach to determine how to reach a client’s full potential. Take a look at professional athletes, their intense training is often supplemented if not integrated with the goal orientated, profound insight and avid support of an athletic trainer or coach. Similarly, a life coach is able to provide the crucial insight needed to propel successful businesses, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and even CEOs into a more efficient and productive mindset that may last a lifetime. Our Master Life Coach Certification provides you the complete life coach training program including crucial fundamental skills required to become a life coach as well as 3 additional life coaching certification programs all completed and ready for you to integrate into your desired life coaching plan!
Life coaches are consultants, motivational speakers, therapists, and most importantly a friend that coordinates with managers, entrepreneurs, and even citizens to help figure out what they want in life and help design a plan to complete their goals where they’re career or personal orientated but clients commonly achieve both.
Does Life Coaching Work?
The most successful life coaches all have one thing in common: the ability to see the long-term. This long-term goal vision allows coaches to provide an entirely different perspective on complicated dilemmas that a client is experiencing. The motivational insight provided by a life coach is often effective in assisting a client in making hard decisions.
Public management published an article that discovered a study that compared the effects on productivity from training alone vs training in addition to life coaching. The study determined that non-life coach assisted training raised productivity in subjects by 22.5% whereas training with the assistance of a weekly life coaching session increased productivity by almost 90% (88.5%). This can be attributed to the following:
1) Accountability: Life coaches typically schedule at least three calls each month with a client. These scheduled calls prepare a client to become more productive than they would if they were left to themselves. It’s not much a mystery, you work more productively if you have a personal trainer motivating you and outlining what you need to do to achieve your goals. Clients often report taking more intiative, setting larger goals, and looking at the bigger picture after they’ve worked with a certified life coach.
2) Professionalism: A licensed life coach is trained to design a plan to help you reach your goals, generate more revenue, and create more structure in your personal and professional life to produce a more productive employee and person. The help of a professional life coach will likely result in you completing more goals in less time.
3) Presentation: A certified life coach learns how to address a client correctly using compassionate but motivating language to inherently encourage the client to become more productive. Scolding or nagging is largely ineffective and a certified life coach knows that. Life coaching usually is most effective in weekly one-on-one sessions whether in person or through phone, the reason for this is to allow clients to reflect and integrate on their new perspective and thought processes learned from a professional life coach. A typical session with a life coach lasts half an hour to an hour via phone call. The session aims to be challenging and encouraging. Clients often highly anticipate their weekly sessions with their life coaches.
Who Can Benefit From Life Coaching?
Life coaching is suitable to practically anyone! However, clients typically include entrepreneurs, business figures, executives, musicians, managers, small business owners, creative individuals, theatrical performers, startups, professionals, and home-innovators. Life coaches aim to improve these individuals’ professional careers as well as their personal relationships. If you’re struggling to determine what you want or how to achieve your goals, you qualify to receive counsel from a professional life coach. Not only can a life coach assist you in reaching your goals, they can abolish inefficient thought patterns and create a long-lasting mentality that remains long after you achieve your desires.
What would you work on with a life coach?
- Creating and reaching goals and objectives
- Designing a business, career, or life plan
- Abolishing mental blocks
- Organization techniques
- Financial security and longevity
- Balancing professional and personal life
- Addressing tough decisions
- Making your voice heard
- Strengthening personal and professional relationships
- Freeing your mind from imposed limits
- Job promotions
- Determining the right career or business
- Discovering what you want in a romantic relationship
- Breaking out of a rut
- Living a fulfilling life
- Discovering and integrating core beliefs and values
- Meeting your personal and emotional needs
- Generating more revenue
- Creating time for yourself
- Having more fun
- Practically anything you’d want to tackle
Frequently asked questions
- What’s the difference between a life coach and a consultant, therapist, best friend, etc?
How does life coaching differ from consulting, therapy, sports coaching, a best friend?
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?
Our basic philosophy of life coaching:
If there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, then there is room for life coaching. Why struggle on your own when you can get what you want out of life in a fraction of the time with the structure, support, and tools of a skilled life coach?
Who hires a life coach and why?
The ICF puts it nicely:
“People hire a life coach because
- They want more.
- They want to grow.
- They want it easier.
It’s as simple as that. Life coaches help a client get all three. Quickly.”
What are the benefits of hiring a life coach?
- You start taking more effective and focused actions immediately
- You stop putting up with petty annoyances
- You create momentum so it’s easier to get results
- You set better goals that are based on what you really want
- You have more time and energy
Do life coaches work on personal goals or business/professional goals?
Usually both. The life coach is the only professional trained to work with all aspects of your life. This is handy because very often, if something is bothering you at work, it is affecting your personal life as well and vice versa. Some clients prefer to spend more time focusing on their business goals, while others may want to focus on personal goals. How you use your coaching call is up to you!
Where does the life coach focus with an average client?
We focus where the client wants us to focus. Your goals are our goals, although we might have some radical suggestions for how to reach your goals more quickly. Sometimes, in order to be more successful in business, you need to do some personal work. So don’t be surprised if you get some personal assessments and quizzes!
Why does life coaching work?
Life coaching works for several reasons:
- Synergy between the life coach and client creates momentum and enthusiasm.
- Better goals are set— ones that naturally motivate the client.
- The client develops new skills, which lead to greater success.
- Life coaching provides a structure of support. Left to our own devices, we start out with the best intentions and then, we hit a snag and it can derail us completely or cause a long delay. A life coach can help you quickly break through blocks so that more is accomplished with less struggle and less effort.
- Your life coach is an objective, positive supporter. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a friend or colleague to provide this. If you’ve been doing it solo, try seeing how much more you can accomplish with a life coach!
Why is life coaching so popular?
- People are tired of doing what they “should” do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the rest of their lives. Problem is, many can’t see it, or if they can, they can’t see a way to reorient their life around it. A life coach can help them do both.
- People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that might have felt out of reach or like a pipedream. A coach is not a miracle worker (well, they are, sometimes) but a coach does have a large tool kit to help the Big Idea become a Reality.
Shouldn’t I be able to reach my goals on my own?
We’ve been taught that “hard work and doing it on your own” are the keys to finding life, success, money, or happiness. Most people believe they must sacrifice something to attain what they want. Some people sacrifice their health, their time to enjoy life, or their relationships. None of this is necessary. You can have it all, but maybe not all right this minute! And, with life coaching, you’ll find you don’t have to sacrifice anything to get what you want. You may need to change a few things, true, but clients find they have more time with their families and friends, more money, more opportunity, and are more successful at work when they work with an accredited life coach.
Athletes, performers, CEOs and presidents know that they can’t do it alone. They know they need a trained professional or even a team of experts to help them determine the best direction and to provide objective support and feedback. Without this, it is almost impossible to achieve excellence. No athlete would consider going to the Olympics without the support of a coach. The extra edge the coach provides makes all the difference. Why shouldn’t you have this same advantage?
Why would people who are already successful hire a life coach?
Nobody really needs a life coach, but many people want one! Are you doing what you most enjoy? Are you tolerating or putting up with anything? Is life easy or are you struggling? Are you on the path to financial independence? Do you have what you really want? Most people can expect a lot more out of their lives. I thought I’d start writing when I retired at sixty-five. I wrote my first book at 30! Life coaching really speeds things up so hold on to your hat!
Can a dependency be created between a life coach and coaching client?
No. The client may need the life coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate their personal growth, yet not be dependent on the life coach. Anyone who has big goals can benefit from the structure, advice, and support of a life coach, so in that sense, a coach is needed. As far as creating an emotional or psychological dependency, not to worry. Life coaches work with people who are healthy and successful on their own. Life coaches do not resolve therapy issues. If you start to feel dependent on your life coach, get a therapist.
Can life coaching hurt someone?
No. The client is always responsible for their own life. Clients makes their own decisions and takes their own actions. Life coaches provide positive support and encouragement. While a life coach might challenge you to think differently or suggest that you try a different or even radical approach than you would normally take, the client must decide whether to take the advice or not. Life coaches do not in any way control the client’s thoughts, actions or life. If you feel bad after a coaching call, for any reason, let your life coach know about it. It is probably a miscommunication or it could be that this coach’s style is not working for you. If this happens consistently, try a different life coach. You should feel uplifted and motivated to take action at the end of each personal coaching call. You should certainly feel good about yourself and your accomplishments.
Can I hire a life coach for a short-term, special project?
Yes. Some clients hire a life coach to help them achieve a specific objective or project. Many clients choose to continue working with their life coach after their initial goals are accomplished because there are even more interesting things to do!
How long must I commit to working with a life coach?
One month. Although on average, most people find life coaching more beneficial than they realized and stay on longer than they initially anticipated. Many life coaches ask for a three to six month commitment but usually let you stop immediately if the coaching is not working for you right now. Some life coaches might ask you to sign a contract or an agreement. This is fine, however, all the Lifecoach.com coaches have agreed that you can coach on a month-by-month basis for as long as it is working for you.We never lock you into a fixed term for life coaching.
This does not apply to corporate contracts which may be for a specific term or project and are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
How much does life coaching usually cost?
Most life coaches working with individuals charge about $300 to $700 per month for a 30 to 60 minutes call 3 or 4 times a month. Executive coaches charge more and some clients work with an executive coach for an hour or two a week. It all works out to about to about $100 to $300 per hour. Corporate coaching is more, and may cost $1,000 to $10,000 per month, and usually starts at $500 an hour. Corporate coaching may include on-site programs as well as individual executive coaching.