Why you need a life coach

We explore how life coaching can help people realise their strengths and discover better emotional and physical health.

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Today, more and more people are seeking life coaching to boost their potential and help them realise their strengths in many different aspects of life – from careers, to family life, finance and health.

Life coaching is becoming a mainstream profession, and former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt is an advocate:

“Everybody needs a coach. Every famous athlete, every famous performer has somebody who’s a coach – someone who can help them see themselves as others see them.”

A life coach can provide many benefits, such as improved life-satisfaction which can pave the way for better emotional and physical health. Essentially though, it offers insight into who you really are – highlighting your strengths, values, thoughts and feelings in an un-judged setting.

Clients can see themselves free from the desires and views of others, and this enables them to figure out what really matters to them as an individual. From here they can decide which path holds the greatest promise for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Below are some of the ways in which a life coach can help:

1) Finding your calling

A life coach aims to help clients realise what is intrinsically meaningful to them – beyond the expectations and goals of others. Clients are empowered to come up with their own solutions to their dreams and any obstacles that are holding them back in life. A good coach recognises that only the client themselves can authorise how they live their life, but can guide them through the realisation of these.

2) Gaining clarity

Coaching offers the opportunity for our minds to separate emotional clutter from important needs and wants. It can help individuals to gain perspective of what is important to them and what really matters in life, and how they can go about achieving these needs.

3) Analysing your entire self

Life coaching provides individuals with the opportunity to study their entire self and the complex intertwined life domains that characterise a person and their life – career, finances, health, family, romantic and social life, etc. Studies have shown this holistic approach promotes personal growth and improves well-being.

4) Reaching beyond your comfort zone

Clients of life coaching are constantly encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of their comfort zone – taking risks on a daily basis to boost pride in oneself. It is generally agreed that taking daily action towards your dreams means taking risks regularly, and life coaches encourage clients to do so on a daily basis. The saying goes: “Big risk, big reward.”

5) Refuelling

Striving to work outside of your comfort zone is rewarding but can be draining. Life coaches aim to help clients take on new challenges but will monitor their progress and help them to allocate time and attention appropriately to keep motivation and energy levels high. They will also help clients to identify ‘energy drainers’ – aspects of life that burn a lot of fuel such as toxic relationships and worrisome thoughts. By identifying these, individuals can learn to work towards ‘energy gainers’ such as meditation or exercise which can boost motivation and vitality.

If you think you could benefit from a life coach, please see our life coaching areas page for more information on the life coaching services available.

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Written by Tamara Marshall
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