Almost everyone wants more balance in their life. With all its negatives, COVID has actually given us a few positives too. One is about finding more balance in order to create a life that can be greatly enjoyed.
We all need to pay the bills to have essentials like food and shelter and we also need to balance work with rest and play. More than anything though, we need more pleasure to create balance. Pleasure comes in many forms and places: our relationships, our career, nature, the movement of our body and so much more.
We also have a range of desires. Some people want to embark on a new career, find ways to bring more hobbies into their life or to have a better feel for what their life is all about. Others live with fear, are dissatisfied in their relationships or feel blocked creatively. Life coaches help with all of these things.
If this sounds like a good concept and you’d like to create change in your life, but you have no idea how to get there, a life coach can help. It’s all about getting to the place you want your life to be.
Life coaches are people who have ideally taken life coach certification training that will lead to ICF certification and are there to help guide you to the answers you seek. They are a bit like a therapist in that way. They don’t TELL you the answers, they help you FIND the answers through exploration. And, they help you live a more fulfilled life.
How to Find the Coach You Need
There are many types of life coaches and despite the reference to therapists above, they are not therapists. However, sometimes, the work embarked on with a life coach may sometimes feel like therapy. It’s important to note, that unless a life coach is also a therapist, they don’t work with mental health conditions.
Before considering someone to work with, it’s important to ensure they are professionally trained in the field. There are many courses and training options, so be sure to check out the coach certification your potential coach has. Take a look at the organizations they belong to and get a feel for the professionalism and calibre of the person you are considering working with. You’ll be sharing very private and personal details in order to make change in your life so it’s essential to trust the coach you choose and know that they have strong training behind them.
Additionally, look for the right type of coach. Life coaches come in many, many forms. Some specialize in relationships, others in careers, still others in health and wellness. There are even money life coaches who help change the way people think about money and those who help people shift away from habits they don’t want. Ask what the coach specializes in and get references to be sure they can help you in the areas you want.
Also be aware that if a life coach is making promises about the results you will obtain, you should be wary. When dealing with your personal beliefs and behaviours, there are very few things that can be guaranteed. After meeting your coach and discussing your desires, ask them if they’ve had success working with others like you and what they think the potential is for improvement in your particular situation.
Be Open Minded
If you’ve never worked with a life coach before, the experience can be a little unusual. Expect questions about goal setting, your feelings about certain situations and how you’d like your life to look. You may end up with homework which can be everything from writing down exactly what that ideal life will look like to making a small step in weekly eating habits. It all depends upon your goals.
If you’re looking for something more from your life and you could use some guidance getting there, a life coach may be the right choice for your future.