5 Reasons You Might Benefit From A Life Coach

By Erin Curtain

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A surge of life coaches have entered the zeitgeist over the last few years and they have their sights set on one thing: your future happiness. Why, you ask? Because much like organised sports, life gets a whole lot easier when you can tune into a well-timed pep talk from someone who sees the big picture.

First things first, what exactly is a life coach? Simply put, a life coach is a professional who helps you identify and reach your personal and professional goals. They provide support, guidance, and accountability, helping you make meaningful changes in your life that lead to your idea of success. There are many areas a life coach can specialise in, from business, job advancement and productivity to holistic health, wellbeing and mindset coaching. For higher-risk and specialised coaching areas, qualifications or certificates are required for each therapy or treatment offered, with up-to-date certificates and association memberships.

Now for the next big question, do you need a life coach? The key to knowing whether a life coach is worth it for you is to familiarise yourself with all the potential benefits they can provide and ask yourself if you’re lacking those perks in your day-to-day life. We’ve wrapped up our top five reasons why might you benefit from working with a life coach, below.

Clarity and Focus

Is your life feeling a little bland, but you have no idea what the missing ingredient is? Maybe you’re experiencing burnout at work and need a little guidance on how to address it. Don’t sweat it—knowing what you want and how to get it is way easier said than done. Whether you're feeling totally lost or just need a little help to see the path forward, a life coach could help you get clear on what you want and create a roadmap to get you there. Not sure if you're burnt out or just run down? Head over here to learn more about identifying and navigating burnout. 

A New Perspective

We often get so caught up in our own thoughts and patterns that we can't see the bigger picture. A life coach is your eye in the sky, providing you with a fresh perspective and helping you see things in a new light. Not only can they help you identify the limiting beliefs and habits that are holding you back, but they’ll also give you the tools and strategies you need to overcome them.

If the thoughts and patterns are bigger than general existential uncertainty and are causing distress, reach out to a mental health professional.

Overcoming Obstacles

Staring down an avoidable roadblock? Feeling stressed and don’t know where to start tackling the cause? We all face challenges and obstacles on the road to success, and helping you to overcome them is a life coach’s bread and butter. Whether it’s a cut-and-dry challenge like increased responsibilities at work or a deeper, internal obstacle such as a fear of failure or lack of confidence, a life coach can help. They’ll give you the strength and resources you need to first identify and then overcome these obstacles so that you can keep moving forward.

Fostering Personal Accountability

Remember back in schoolyard days when everything got done because our parents and teachers were looking over our shoulders? Life coaching is kind of like that, only they hold you accountable to the goals that you set for yourself and actually want to do. It’s a lot harder to shrug off your personal or professional development when you have someone to answer to. A life coach will be there to keep you on track and motivated in a way that suits you and your personality.

Increased Self-Awareness

Recognising our own shortcomings is no easy task. Working with a life coach can help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are, what you want, and what holds you back. This increased self-awareness can help you make positive changes in your life, build stronger relationships, and achieve greater success in all areas. 

Feel like you could use a little help to knock life out of the park? Hit up a life coach to experience a benefit we all need from time to time—someone in your corner.

Keen to get on top of your stress levels? Head over here for five counsellor-approved ways to manage stress.

This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.

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