The term “life coach” has been given a bad rap. Most people don’t have a clue on what a life coach is or does. Maybe you’re embarking on a career change. Maybe you’re facing a life/career transition. Maybe you’re at a crossroads in a relationship. 

Whatever you’re facing, these important phases in your life will likely stir stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and require you to talk things through over and over again. If you’re afraid to ask for help, share your fears, or are at a turning point, here’s how a life coach can help you heal and let go.

Getting Vs. Knowing

In order to get past the pain or heartache you’re experiencing, you need to get through it. How? By being vulnerable, open to new ideas, letting go of the past, and getting in the driver’s seat of your own life. We all have battle scars. Some of us wear them on our sleeves, while others keep them under lock and key. Neither way is right or wrong, it just is.

In order to get clarity in your life, you first need to know what you want out of life. And, only you have this answer. You do this by tapping into your own power and unlocking your true potential. If you resonate with one or several of the items on this list, you’re an ideal candidate for a life coach:

  • You’re lost
  • You feel stuck
  • You crave a more defined purpose
  • You’re unhappy
  • Your confidence isn’t where you want it to be
  • You’re overwhelmed
  • You’re uncomfortable
  • You need accountability
  • You want more out of your life but don’t know how or where to get “it”

Life coaches don’t wave a magic wand or have a magic potion. Coaching helps you see a situation from a different angle because sometimes we are so fearful we can’t see or hear things any other way than we know right now. No matter what you feel, know it’s completely normal and you are not broken and do not need fixing. Ever. You are whole, complete, and perfectly imperfect just the way you are.

An Opportunity to Ditch Your Comfort Zone

There is a distinct difference between a therapist and a life coach. A therapist/psychologist will focus on the past and looking back. Life coaches focus on the future and use positive psychology to get there.

An effective life coach will not: 

  • Place judgment
  • Criticize or critique
  • Correct or change you
  • Fix your past

What a life coach will do:

  • Hold you accountable to your goals
  • Provide a sacred, safe, confidential space for you to be you
  • Ask questions and dig deep into the thoughts and feelings
  • Listen to listen instead of listening to respond

A Critical Thinking Point of View

The biggest reason to have a life coach – to make the relationships in your life more meaningful and to better understand who you are.

I hope this clears up some of the misconceptions about a life coach. There are unlimited possibilities on the other side of whatever is holding you back. The benefits of a life coach are yours to discover. Buckle up for the ride, darling.

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