Executive coach, Business coach, Fitness coach, Nutrition coach, Life coach, Neuro-coach. There is no doubt, the coaching industry has taken off in recent years. Once upon a time, we really only seemed to have sports coaches.
Over the years, Personal Coaching has become accessible and valued by a growing number of people across all sections of life. Just as personal training helps us become more effective at hitting our fitness goals, a life coach helps us with other goals in our life and career.
More and more individuals and organisations are beginning to use coaching to improve and grow themselves and their businesses. A certified life coach can help you gain the clarity you’re looking for in your life, and an action plan to bring your goals to life.
There are a LOT of Life Coaches out there and choosing the right Life Coach is not an easy exercise, but it’s critical to get it right because your life is literally riding on your decision. It’s also good to go with your gut and if it’s not working have the courage to quickly change to a coach that can give you what you need.
#1. Have a clear objective
Before you start looking for a life coach, it’s important to have a clear objective about what you want to improve first. Coaching empowers you to gain greater clarity and to develop more strategies for your challenges and goals but you must first identify your goals to get a coach that matches your vision.
Coaching is a collaborative process created jointly with your coach. It focuses on the future and it’s typically solution-based oriented. Sometimes your coach may invite you to visit your past for learning, but the major objective is to take action and move you forward.
Sometimes you may get a coach to help you work out what you want in life and they can help direct you with tools and techniques to help you work this out.
#2. Get someone who gets you
Choosing a life coach is a personal matter. When you choose a life coach, you want to look beyond the surface impression. Often you can derive information from a life coach’s online biography or website. Have conversations with at least two or three life coaches and take their introductory offers or initial consultation and choose the one that rightly fits you and your needs.
- Choose a life coach that can relate to your situation.
- Choose a life coach that understands what your goals are.
- Choose a life coach that shares similar values with you.
- Choose a life coach that gives you confidence that they can assist in moving you forward and make you a better version of yourself.
#3. Choose a Life Coach that fits within your budget.
Coaching can be very expensive but highly rewarding. Hiring a life coach that offers fees within your budget is important. Make sure you ask about rates as well as how much the coaching engagements will be.
Work with a coach that provides a contract for services. This contract should include the terms of the services provided, as well as the length of the contract with a termination clause. You don’t want to be stuck in a contract with a coach that isn’t working for you.
#4. One size does not fit it all
In finding the right coach, look out for the methodology of the coach you intend to work with. You don’t want to work with a one-dimensional coach who employs the same approach for everyone they train.
Your life coach should determine your communication style and alter their approach to ensure that you understand and internalise their guidance.
Everyone differs in their own way, and so you want to work with a coach that is flexible in their approach, is patient enough to understand you, and can figure out what methodology works best for you.
A successful life coach pushes you out of your comfort zone to the area where real growth happens. And while it may be extremely uncomfortable at times, if you hold on long enough, you’ll begin to reap the benefits of coaching.
“Anything worth having is worth working for. Persistence is often the defining quality between those who fail and those who succeed.”
Anything worth doing at all is worth doing well. You don’t want to invest money and time on something you’re not willing to follow through. It takes two to tango, you need to play your part to help your coach get the best out of you and for you to ultimately get what you want from life.
#6. Apply it to your life
Another way to get the full benefits of life coaching is to make sure you apply the principles you have learned from your life coach. You have to apply what your coach advises you in your everyday life. Practice them at work, at school, at social events and even at home for it to become a part of you.
Tony Robbins is a world-renowned American author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. Robbins is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books including the books Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within (published in 1993).
As a life coach, Tony has helped many top athletes, entrepreneurs, and politicians with notable mentions like Serena Williams (American professional Tennis player), Marc Benioff (CEO and Founder of Salesforce), Maria Menounos (Actress and TV host), Hugh Jackman (Actor), Gerard Butler (Actor) and many others.
Robbins created his life-changing 1-6 day events, “Unleash the Power Within” and “Date with Destiny” being two of the most popular seminars, that pushes you on your path to breakthrough.
In the words of Tony Robbins, ” No matter what you want in life – joy, love, passion, fulfilment – Unleash the Power Within will give you the drive and momentum to achieve it. Don’t settle for an ordinary life when you can create an extraordinary one!”
With over 15 years of terrific experience in the field, Tracey has developed an unrivalled passion for helping women all over the world. Her goal is to transform the lives of at least a million people globally.
Tracey Ward has worked with business leaders, executives, and corporate workers to help unleash the value in honing advanced communication skills. These language skills can be used to motivate and encourage people in the workforce to achieve their very best.
Indeed, Tracey has worked with a variety of established corporations throughout Australia, including Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie Bank, Optus, and even some agencies within the Australian Government