When I hear someone saying the reason to work with a life coach is so you can achieve your full potential, I kinda want to scream.
The truth is in the midst of busy lives, thinking about your achieving your full potential seems like it would be so far down the to-do list you would never get to it. Juggling work and home and maybe kids doesn’t leave a lot of room for something that might seem like a luxury.
In that case it’s no wonder you might question the value of working with a life coach.
I’m not suggesting that realizing your full potential isn’t a lovely idea, it’s just that there are more practical reasons to work with a life coach.
Top reasons to work with a life coach
You feel too busy or stressed.
When life is full to overflowing, it’s easy to be functioning on auto-pilot. The problem with that is we get into habits and routines that never let us escape from the busyness. We spend too much time on our devices and not enough in meaningful activities. Coaching can help you become more conscious and intentional about your choices. That will result in a greater sense of satisfaction, calm and mindfulness.
You can’t stick with something long enough to get results.
Have you made the same New Year’s resolution more than once? Most people have. Change takes time and being able to consistently stick with the habits that produce results can be tough. It’s natural to abandon the goal and go back to what we were doing before. Coaching can provide accountability for staying the course. And celebrating the small successes along the way.
You want to make a change.
Maybe it’s time for a new job or a new home. Maybe its time to change the way you approach your health or self-care. Maybe you find yourself saying, “I can’t keep doing this”, whatever “this” is.
Even though change is a natural thing, humans resist it. We tend to put up with the status quo because change feels overwhelming. Coaching provides the support and encouragement to take the first step, to make a plan and implement it.
You are facing a transition.
Navigating a life transition can be a bumpy road. Whether it’s changing jobs or careers, ending relationships, dealing with an empty nest or planning for retirement, coaching can help you approach life stages in a positive and proactive way. Instead of being something to dread, transitions can be exciting and open new opportunities that we might not have recognized before.
You keep putting the most important things in life on hold.
Everyone is waiting for something – to lose weight, find a partner, the kids to leave home or the divorce to become final. If you find yourself saying, “I’ll do that when….”, it might be time to stop procrastinating about the things that would have a real and positive impact on your life right now. Coaching can help clarify what is most important to you and then structure your choices to honor those things.
You don’t have a clue what you want.
Ever stood in front of the cupboard looking for something to eat but were not really sure what you wanted? You think you are hungry, but nothing seems appealing. Life is like that too sometimes. You know you want something but can’t articulate what it is. You might even be able to list all the things you don’t want but the clear picture of what would make you happy escapes you. Not knowing what you really want can create a sense of restlessness and dissatisfaction. In coaching we can clarify what you are actually hungry for. Until you know what you want, you can’t go get it.Until you know what you want, you can’t go get it. So stop doing the same old-same one. Take a deep breath and get out of your own way. Click To Tweet
You know what you want but don’t where to start.
Maybe you do know what you want but are not certain about the steps to make it happen. Or perhaps you are afraid to take the leap. Success often has to do with getting out of our own way. Yes it’s true – you are likely your biggest obstacle. Coaching can help create a plan and a plan B and then help navigate the obstacles that arise along the way.
You want to raise the bar for yourself
Perhaps life is pretty good. You are happy with the way things are unfolding but are also ready for a new and exciting challenge. Maybe dare I say you want to achieve your full potential! Coaching is also a tool for stretching your limits, expanding your comfort zone, or reaching for the next big thing.
So do you need a life coach?
Here’s a simple test:
Ask yourself this question…
What’s the one thing if I were to do it consistently would have the greatest impact on my happiness or health?
Then ask this follow-up question…
Why am I not doing it?
That’s what coaching is about – closing the gap between what you want to do and actually doing it.
Here’s the thing:
If you could do it on your own, you would.
If you are like most human beings, you get stuck sometimes. You can’t see the forest for the trees. You let your limiting beliefs and the power of current habits and routines get in the way.
That is just normal. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
If you want to dive deeper into the question “Do I Need a Life Coach?”, listen to this episode of my podcast The Being and The Doing.
You have the reasons why, now book a FREE consultation to try out life coaching. I would love to help you close the gap.