Life coaching can guide you on the road to self-improvement. With the help of a professional life coach, you can get your life on track, reach goals, overcome obstacles or change jobs. Think of life coaches as objective onlookers who can assist you during difficult times in your life, periods of transition or times when you’re in need of direction.

So, what’s involved in life coaching?
Your life coach will have a professional relationship with you, but depending on your specific situation, your discussion may breach aspects of your life which are deeply personal. With this information, your life coach can assist in aspects of your life, including your:

  • Career: assisting you with career direction or coping with career transition.
  • Life: helping you reach your personal, emotional and spiritual goals.
  • Leadership: executive coaching can help you become a more effective leader.
  • Business: corporate coaching can assist an organisation in developing business direction, dealing with change in the workplace or creating an organisational vision.

The focus in life coaching should be on the client, who will learn the skills and behaviours needed to produce results in their own life. Your life coach is someone who offers guidance and may demand some kind of commitment from you to define and reach a goal, or make an important change in your life. Really, life coaching is about reaching your potential, but remember it’s you who has to put in the hard yards.

Who can be a life coach?
At present, there is no regulation of life coaching and no formal qualification is required to practice as a life coach. It’s important to remember that a life coach, while helping you to bring about positive change for the future, is not a qualified mental health professional.

The role of your life coach
At various times, you may need your life coach to be many things. In some ways, the life coach’s role is similar to that of a counsellor, who is there to listen and offer guidance. The life coach, though, will demand more of you, challenging you to change your behaviour and actively supporting you in your endeavours. The role of your life coach is a changing one, as he or she challenges, motivates, listens, plans and supports you.

What are some of the benefits of life coaching?
Life coaches will assist you in reaching your potential. What this means will vary according to your life situation, goals and priorities. It is difficult to define the outcomes, but they may include:

  • Increased awareness of who you are and what you want from your life
  • Discovering what you are good at
  • Defining a vision for your own life
  • Getting a wake-up call and honest feedback
  • Identifying obstacles (or perceived obstacles) within your life
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Replacing old or unhelpful attitudes with a new, fresh outlook

Life coaching isn’t about miraculous or sudden change, and it isn’t about someone else doing the things that you’ve always wanted to achieve. Life coaching will help you gain tools and learn skills to get the life you want, achieve balance in your life, become more focused and motivated, and improve your relationships with others. Once you’re on the right track, things can begin to fall into place in all areas of your life. Remember, though; a positive outcome can only be achieved if you have the will to succeed!