Every person dreams of having an ideal life, a life wherein both needs and wants are met, a life that is full of joy, peace, and satisfaction. However, studies show that an astonishing number of people regardless of gender, race, social status etc. are unable to achieve their notion of an ideal life, thus the creation of countless self help books on how to get the life you desire and the like.Read More
Life is unequivocally a chaotic journey that requires a well-built personality for its goals to be achieved. A sound mind is a major requirement but other attributes like a properly tuned heart and a balanced and active body says a lot. Another major contributor to being a one-man team in the expedition towards braving life is one’s spirituality and belief because having or not having it will have a huge impact on one’s way of living.Read More
When life gives you lemons, get a life coach! Then again, you don’t have to wait for bad things to happen to seek their help and guidance. When you feel you’re at a standstill and uncertain about a course of action to take, a life coach can help you find the direction that gives you a purpose and makes living more meaningful.
How do you know if you need a life coach?
Although there is no specific period in your life that needs coaching, it’s most useful when you’re going through a transition phase, whether it’s in your career or personal life. In your professional life, it could be a change of job, a promotion or when you find you’re not getting fulfillment from your present work. When you’re going through a breakup or a divorce, or the children are grown and you’re feeling the empty nest syndrome, having someone who can help you rediscover or modify goals mid-course.
What makes a life coach?
There is no particular educational degree that a life coach must take, although sociology and psychology make good backgrounds. Further training in counseling, human resource management and business consultancy help develop skills in these areas if a coach intends to specialize in them.
More importantly, a good coach must have training in the various effective communication techniques, identifying action steps to achieve goals and building a coach-client relationship.
Broad experience and considerable knowledge in certain areas of life, such as in social services or professional consultancy, help a life coach become successful in these fields. Coaching includes stress management, maintaining work-life balance, identifying career goals and developing action plans, improving relationships or moving on from a terminated one, all with an aim to improve the quality of life.
As of now, there is no certification to attest to a life coach’s proficiency although there are organizations that offer training programs and issue certifications based on set standards.
How do you choose a life coach?
Certification and training – a coach certified by credible organizations, such as the International Coach Federation, has bragging rights to extensive education and training, and a certain number of coaching hours.