Hiring a life coach may be the key ingredient you need for growth.
Hiring a life coach can help you identify blocks, challenges, and opportunities, enabling you to create the space you need to grow into a woman who is living the life she has been dreaming of.
The right coach will ask you questions, listen, and help you reflect on what comes up for you. Your coach will help you by challenging you to think in new and more realistic, as well as resourceful ways.
A coach will not, however, fix anything for you. She is there only to guide you through your own process.
Studies conducted by the International Coaching Federation on the effectiveness of life coaching showed that 99% of the people they interviewed saw their experience working with a life coach as rewarding and 96% said they would do it again.
More importantly, maybe, is that 80% said it helped improve their self-confidence.
But why hire a life coach?
There are dozens of reasons why women seek out a qualified life coach, those ranging from career growth to entrepreneurship, weight loss, transforming one’s self-image, parenting, and interpersonal relationships among many others.
Life transitions such as divorce or marriage, career changes, aging, or having children are all big ones, but so is feeling stuck and unable to move forward.
Change often calls on us to re-examine our sense of self or the capabilities we normally take as a given.
It can be hard to let go of what we know and lean into it, especially when a transition like marriage, having a child, or starting a new business or career is one that makes us feel like we “should” be happy, but we aren’t.
Working with the right coach can help us examine our thinking; the messages we’ve given ourselves in the past and how those might be affecting us today.
The benefits of hiring a life coach are numerous.
A life coach will help illuminate what's working and what isn’t in your life, help you see your strengths, and helping you see yourself and your circumstances in a new way. A life coach will help you identify your trouble areas, and identify ways to overcome them so you can get results.
Here are seven benefits you’ll be rewarded with by hiring a life coach.
1. You’ll learn how to prioritize yourself and be comfortable with that.
Oprah Winfrey once said “I remember the very first time we had a life coach on the show. She shared with our audience a list and, literally, in the audience women booed her when she said put yourself at the top of that list. [What she meant was] put yourself at the top of the list and nurture yourself, honor yourself, stop the crazy mind chatter in your head that tells you all the time that you’re not good enough.”
So often the internal messages we hold onto from growing up in a society that has certain rules for women and sacrifice is that it’s never ok to think of ourselves first or put ourselves first.
Putting yourself first means being as kind to yourself as you would be to others that you love and care for. It means taking care of yourself so you can be happier, healthier, more productive, and more present. It means loving yourself a little more and that’s not selfish, its necessary.
2. Change old, negative patterns of thinking and identity to get unstuck.
To get what you want, you’ll need to change your attitudes, your thinking, and possibly your underlying beliefs. A coaching relationship can help you remove accumulated layers of possibly negative identity and thought processes.
When you feel stuck, the right coach will help you dissolve those self-limiting patterns and beliefs, break out of self-defeating assumptions, and re-frame the thoughts and feelings which keep you from moving forward.
While working with a life coach you can discover different ways of thinking that you never considered being possible before. By combining expertise, training, and an extensive toolset, a life coach has the ability to see and unlock potential in you that you never even dreamed of.
3. Letting go, defeating self-sabotage, and moving forward.
If you are having a hard time letting go of something like a marriage or a relationship, a belief system, a lifestyle or habit, or a career track, a coach can help you to expand and move forward.
Maybe you keep trying to improve your situation and nothing seems to be working. It could be a sign that you are self-sabotaging by limiting your “allowance edge” to what feels safe and familiar.
4. Address roadblocks that are keeping you stuck.
A coach is going to give you the tools, tips, suggestions, and directions you need to address your biggest roadblocks and work past them, ultimately helping you to get unstuck and move in the direction of the life you’ve been dreaming of.
5. Stay on track and stay accountable.
A knowledgeable life coach can work with you to stay on track and overcome actions that sabotage your desires, plans, and dreams. She will support you through the fear, resistance, and panic that can come up when you are creating something exciting and new.
A life coach is an accountability partner that can help us create lasting, sustainable change.
Your self-image life coach can help you see which areas you excel at and which areas require more attention or assistance, so you can create a lifestyle that allows you to have everything that is important to you in life.
6. Get clarity.
A life coach can help you get clearer about what you want and clarity is one of the most valuable assets to reach your goals.
A life coach will ask you powerful questions you may never think to ask yourself, thus creating space for new thought patterns, new ideas, and new questions that lead to new revelations and new solutions.
7. Reach your goals faster.
A life coach helps you “get there” faster. Often women reject the idea of hiring a life coach because they feel they can accomplish their goals on their own. A professional life coach can help you get results faster because they often ask the right questions that unveil blocks you may not have even realized were there. By offering an external perspective, a life coach helps you see yourself and your situation through a new lens.
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