How to Find the Right Life Coach for You
Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves at the crossroads, struggling to make decisions, fulfill our dreams, or overcome challenges.
Why Do You Need a Life Coach?
Maybe you feel insecure and need help in making important life decisions. You might not know how to commit and maintain relationships. Maybe you need support to manage your finances or job-related stress. Or perhaps you need self-care guidance from a highly qualified professional.
Whether it is about achieving goals, making better decisions, or stopping unhelpful habits, most people can use support and guidance from an expert. A qualified life coach can help you reach personal and professional goals, cope with life transitions, grow, and develop.
What Does a Life Coach Do?
A life coach can help you answer some critical questions about your life, make plans for the future, and help you realize your dreams.
A good life coach will become your guide, helping you change your mindset to growth, raise resilience, visualize and achieve your goals. They can help you reach a new level of success and satisfaction, teaching you practical strategies and tools to improve your life.
Depending on your needs, you can find a life coach, relationship coach, career coach, wellness coach, etc. Sometimes, you are able to find one, like myself who really looks at things from a wholistic perspective and can support several areas, since, we as humans are complex, and often times different areas of our lives are intertwined.
What Qualities Make a Good Life Coach?
A great life coach should have certain qualities. First of all, make sure to find a skilled professional and determine whether they are trained and certified.
A good life coach is a reliable professional you can trust to monitor your progress and provide regular feedback. Your life coach should be a good listener, willing to pay attention to your unique needs and understand you entirely without judgment.
He or she should always challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, encourage you to change, and support you when you feel discouraged.
What is the difference Between a Life Coach and a Therapist?
Understanding the difference between a life coach and a psychotherapist can help you decide whether you need a coach and how to find the right one.
While psychotherapists are focused on the past, helping their clients understand roots of their issues, coaching is future-oriented. It uses your understanding and self-awareness to create strategies for progress, achieve your goals, and develop healthy habits.
Here are the main differences between a life coach and a psychotherapist:
Guidelines for Finding a Qualified Life Coach
To find the right coach for you, speak to more professionals before deciding to hire the one that is the best fit for you. Most life coaches offer a free consultation, which is an excellent opportunity to consider whether they match your needs.
1. Hire a Life Coach that Understands You
The right life coach will understand your strengths and weaknesses. Most people hire a life coach because they want to improve and grow. Find a life coach who recognizes your goals and understands which areas of life you want to change or improve.
The right life coach will boost your confidence, support your change, and assure you that they can help you progress and grow.
2. Seek a Thoroughly Trained and Certified Life Coach
Many people call themselves life coaches these days. However, coaches must uphold specific standards and ethics when providing coaching services.
Coaching is based on scientific research. A qualified coach uses evidence-based strategies and tools in their work, so they need to undergo a comprehensive training program.
Therefore, make sure to hire a coach who has been through a coach training program.
3. Choose a Coach whose Coaching Style Fits Your Needs
Each life coach works differently based on their training, orientation, and personality. So, ask your prospective coach about their coaching style and then decide whether their approach matches your needs.
Think about coaching methodologies, technologies, and activities you are looking for and ask your potential lie coach how they will accommodate this.
4. See Life Coaching as an Investment in Yourself
Hiring a life coach means investing in yourself and your future. So, before you find a life coach, decide if you are ready to invest your time, energy, and money into your growth. Ultimately, it will be up to you whether the investment was worth it.
5. Consider Your Coach’s Specialization
Consider the aspects of your life you want to change or improve. Do you need help balance work and life, maintain positive relationships, or increase productivity?
Maybe you need guidance on coping with stress and improving self-care or support to make essential changes in your life.
A good coach will not promise you fact success. The right coach will make sure you understand that you have to put effort into changing things in your life, and their job is to guide and support you.
Local Vs. Online Coaching
Many people believe that coaching is useful only if it happens in person, so they keep looking for local life coaches who will be physically present.
However, many life coaches work online, believing that coaching online is more effective than coaching in person.
Working with a local life coach has its benefits. Some people have a strong preference for working with a coach face-to-face. If you are one of them, choosing a local coach might be the right decision.
Many people find online coaching very beneficial, though. Coaching online or over the phone allows you to:
- Choose from a significant number of life coaches
- Find the right coach from anywhere in the world
- Save time by doing coaching sessions when it is most convenient for you
- Save money, given that you don’t have to travel to coaching sessions
- Find a coach who specializes in the areas in which you need help
- Feel more comfortable opening-up
Entering into a coaching relationship is all about being ready to the work and truly making the decision for yourself that you are ready to move forward.
My approach to my coaching practice is always to be authentic as possible. That’s why I make it clear who I do work with and those my coaching may not fit for. If you would like to explore your coaching needs and see if there is a good match with me, feel free to book a time to speak at www.chatwithkamini.com.