A friend of mine has changed her career path and become a life coach so when someone wanted to submit this article I thought sure why not. Maybe someone else wants to change careers or is in need of a life coach.
4 Tips on Finding the Right Life Coach for you
You probably heard about the term “life coach” from a friend or relative who did a complete 180 with their lives and swears by the process of coaching. Or, you could’ve stumbled upon an article about life coaching and all the benefits it provides anyone brave enough to admit that they need a coach in their lives for that extra little push in the right direction.
Whatever the case, more and more people have been turning to life coaches for a better understanding of where they are and what options they currently have in their lives to improve their careers, relationships, business, personal finances, health & wellness and most everything else! But with so many to choose from, how can you find the right life coach for you?
How to find the right Life Coach
1. Identify your goals. What do you want in life? Identify the different goals you want to achieve and write it down. There’s a coach for almost anything, so you have to know what you want first and you have to know what it’s for. For example, you want help in career advancement because you’ve been passed for promotion a dozen times. Your immediate goal is to understand why you’re being passed for promotion, and what steps you need to do to improve your current situation. You’ll need a career coach that can help you identify the “why” and draw a strategy for you to overcome it.
2. Check for Certification. With a myriad of fields to choose from, anyone can call himself/herself a coach even though they were never professionally trained in any specific field because the profession is unregulated. Although there are reputable coaching schools and a highly respected coaching organization (International Coach Federation), which does its best to provide training on ethics and professionalism to all coaches they certify, not all coaches seek certification. This is a buyer beware scenario, so you really have to put in the time to check the certification of the coach you shortlisted if he/she got it from a reputable school/organization or from the back of a Happy Meal!
3. Check for Credentials and References. A lot of coaches nowadays have bachelor’s degrees in medicine, nutrition and other related fields. Some psychologists have even joined the fray because many see this as an area of expertise that they can easily enter. If you’re looking for a specific coach, check for relevant experience and education. Would you trust a 20 year old divorce coach or a business coach that has never put up a business? Also, check if the coach has references and make sure these are real people who got treated and not friends and family members.
4. A Good Match. We’re all different, and so are life coaches. A coach who worked wonders for your friend won’t necessarily be a good fit for you because of a lot of factors, such as personality, specialty and style of coaching. Some coaches can be demanding and in your face, not because they’re bad coaches, but because that’s their style and they believe in it. This particular style will either force more introspection from you or will lead you to walk out. Avoid coaches that act as “yes men” and approve or affirm everything you say. You’ll get nowhere fast with coaches like that. Seek coaches that challenge you to be the best version of yourself you can be and that can work with you in setting attainable, realistic goals.
The End Game
It pays to get a coach that specializes in a certain aspect of your life where you want the most change to happen. In the end, it all boils down to you and what you really want. Remember, a life coach isn’t a cure-all magic pill –you have to work with your coach to get results. Lastly, a good coach will never give you advice or tell you what to do. You and your coach will find all the answers together using the framework he/she has laid out for you. Happy coach hunting!