“Do I need a Psychologist or do I need a Life Coach?” Or do you have to choose and have both?
I have recently had clients contemplating this very question….and it’s a really good one. So I thought I would explore this topic a bit more here.
A common misconception is that coaching is the same as therapy, when in fact they are quite different. Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression. Coaching, on the other hand, is intended to help normal, healthy individuals achieve personal goals such as increased happiness, weight loss, and improved work-life balance, etc.
Which definition appeals more to you?
As a coach working with marriage/family, relationships, career, finance, and other life issues, I help first discover what they want in all aspects of their lives. We then devise practical strategies to help them get there. The process fuels and motivates my clients, allowing them to unlock their own brilliance and skills, overcome their fears or other seeming obstacles, and then take action. It is my clients’ goals, dreams, and visions that drive our relationship and the actions taken. The focus is on the present and the future, not the past. Through life coaching, I help my clients design their future rather than get over their past.
Many people think that they don’t need help and that they can do everything by themselves (I was myself one of them). The truth is that it always helps to have support, especially the support of an experienced professional who can aid you in getting where you want to be without wasting any excess time or money.
Here are 7 major signs that you may be in need of a coach:
1. You Feel Lost
One thing that life coaches are great at is helping people find their way when they are feeling lost and confused. If you have come to a point where you don’t know who you are or what you want, working with a life coach is the perfect starting point for your new life journey.
2. You Have A Vision, But No Clear Plan
There are times where you may have a goal or vision, but have no clue as to how to achieve it. A lot of great ideas go unrealised due to a lack of organization and clarity, and the world misses out every time.
3. You Want To Change Your Profession
If you’re looking to break out of your day job and start your own business or enter a new field, the expert guidance of a life coach can give you the confidence and assurance you need to take the necessary leap.
4. You Need To Improve Your Health
If your health could use some attention and renovating, you may want to hire a health coach. Health coaches can help you plan out your meals and determine which foods will benefit you and which are hurting your body. If you want to get into shape fast, it’s best not to go it alone.
5. You Need to Make More Money
A common dilemma that people are running into is the need for more money when they are barely making enough to survive. It can be difficult to break into your dream job when you are depending on the steady income that your current job provides. A life coach, however, can help you make the money you’re looking for while you do something that you love. They can direct you to resources and provide you with the insight you need to go in a rewarding and profitable direction. It’s a win-win situation.
6. You are Vulnerable to Stress
If you’re someone who becomes easily stressed or frustrated, trying to do things on your own, without any support, will only add to your frustration. You will save yourself a lot of energy, and you will prevent stress and burning yourself out by hiring a life coach to be your support along the way to achieving your goals. Not only will a life coach shed some clarity onto your path, but they can also show you relaxation techniques and exercises to help you deal with your stress.
7. Your Self-Confidence Could Use a Boost
One of the greater benefits of working with a life coach is that a life coach can help you develop your self-confidence. Life coaches work with you on self-assertion and support you as you take risks that make your life better and help your dreams come true. They show you that you are just as worthy of success as anybody else and they stay by your side as you gather the experience you need to believe in yourself and become more self-confident.
If any of the above sounds like you, it may be time to look into hiring a life coach. Many of the most successful people on the planet have had life coaches and continue to receive support from professional consultants. You can only benefit from the services a life coach has to offer, and you will get to where you want to be more quickly when you have someone to lean on for friendship and guidance.
So – would you like to design your future?