Frequently Asked Questions
How does life coaching differ from consulting, therapy/counseling, sports coaching, a best friend?
Consulting - Life coaching can be considered a form of consulting however, consulting is often information and expertise based. Life coaches, on the other hand, are experts on helping you develop all areas of your life, business, and personal. 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/Counseling - Life coaching is not therapy or counseling. Coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychotherapists. Instead, life coaches focus on the present, the client’s goals for the future, and encourage personal development.
Sports - Life coaching often includes principles from sports coaching, such as being your best, doing more than you think you can, going for the goal. 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?
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? You can get what you want out of life in a fraction of the time with the structure, support, and tools of a skilled coach?
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/ family life goals. How you use your coaching call is up to you!
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! With life coaching, you’ll find you don’t have to sacrifice as much as you may think when you learn to create BALANCE in the 7 key areas of your life.
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?