Working with a life coach can be one of the greatest investments you’ll ever make.
The benefit of expert guidance to help you determine and reach your goals or discover a more purposeful life path, cannot be ignored.
But there are several other invaluable and often unacknowledged benefits to life coaching. Here are some of the most significant:
Life coaches help you discover the real you
You may feel frustrated with your life but not know why.
One of the great benefits of working with a life coach is that they hold space for you to explore your frustrations and fears without the noise and pressure of the outside world telling you what you should be thinking, wanting, and doing.
This can help you discover a better sense of yourself, your gifts and skills, and enable you to truly focus in on what your true passions and purpose in life are.
Life coaches *listen*
Having someone listen to you is a powerful affirmation of your value and needs.
Sure, you can always turn to your best pal or partner when you’re feeling stuck in some area of your life. But most of us feel uncomfortable if we’re constantly stacking our issues onto loved ones’ shoulders.
In a life coaching session, however, a coach listens deeply to what you’re saying and uses open, catalytic questions to help you gain clarity around what it is you want and the steps you need to take to achieve it.
In doing so they give you something of exceptional value: time and an opportunity to really be heard.
Life coaches help you to really achieve your goals
Knowing where you want to go in life is one thing; getting there can be quite another.
The best life coaches will not only help you define your goals but work with you to create a realistic and actionable framework for achieving them.
This might involve supporting you in:
- Improving your understanding of what exactly you want out of life
- Being truthful about the challenges you need to overcome
- Identifying new solutions to specific problems
- Working out the most plausible path to get there.
Life coaches help you break unseen habits
Coaching works because the coach can see patterns of behaviour and blind spots that the client usually cannot see.”Tim Brownson, Certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and Author.
Tim Brownson highlights one of the greatest benefits of working with an experienced coach: their ability to help us see the wood from the trees.
Becoming aware of how certain behaviours are blocking us from living our best lives, is one of the most important breakthroughs we can have on our journey to achieving our goals.
But because we repeat and often rely on our habits across the day, it can be difficult to accept that some of our familiar routines are sabotaging our success.
Verbalising our behaviours out loud to someone who knows how to spot negative patterns can help us to acknowledge those patterns for ourselves.
Life coaches help you stay accountable
The benefit of accountability is one of the most powerful ways to help you make progress.
Truthfully, if left to our own devices we are much more likely to stop pursuing our goals than if we were working with a life coach.
Life can become busy, we get distracted, our motivation slips. And when we are the only ones holding ourselves accountable, it’s easy to fall back into habits of letting ourselves down.
A life coach not only helps you to devise your plan of action, but they’re there on the side-lines cheering you on and keeping you focused on the steps ahead.
Knowing there’s someone who understands the journey you’re on and with whom you can touch base with whether it’s to high-five triumphs or keep you motivated through challenges can powerfully facilitate your progress.
Life coaches are there to be your ‘other person’
We all have the ability to change our lives for the better. This is true. But it can be incredibly difficult to walk this journey alone.
Having another person to guide us, support us, and stay the course with us while we find the best version of ourselves is proven to one of the best ways to meet our aspirations.
According to Professor Antonia Bifulco, Head of the Psychology Department at Middlesex University, as well as co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, the most resilient people tend to have another person to regularly confide in.
This person is often not a friend or family member because, as we noted earlier, most of us just aren’t comfortable spending hours and days discussing how to achieve our goals with our loved ones.
But a life coach is there to witness our struggle and help us with it.
They are our “other person”; a positive force when we’re feeling challenged by our insecurities and doubts.
They coach us into articulating our thoughts and needs. They encourage us, motivate us and, most significantly, they keep us honest.