In professional sports, a well coached team lacking highly paid superstars can beat a poorly coached team stacked with superstars any given day. Teamwork, cohesiveness, confidence and the ability to play beyond their capabilities –this is what a good sports coach can bring out of his players.
Talent and skill can only take you so far, both in sports and in life. In many cases, it’s not often enough to rely on these two because without a vision, goal and strategy, many people find it difficult to find a catalyst for change in their lives and get lost doing so.
What is a Life Coach?
Think of a life coach as a trained ship’s captain who can help steer your ship in the right direction. She won’t necessarily give you expert advice and tell you what to do, because life coaching isn’t supposed to be like that. A good life coach can help you define your purpose and let you live your dream by providing you with all the necessary tools you need to pull it off. This can be a framework of questions, exercises and accountability to empower you to make the changes in your life.
Reasons you should hire a Life Coach
- Career Growth – If you’re bored out of your wits in your current job, stuck in a rut with no chance of promotion or have been laid off, hiring a life coach would be a sound investment. Many professionals have hired coaches to advance their careers or find pleasure in their current employment. If you have been laid off or simply want to transition to something that you’re more passionate about, a coach can help you get there.
- Personal Growth – Since coaching is forward moving and future focused, the emphasis is always going to be on accountability, action and follow-through. Personal growth and development is based on individually-initiated change which the coach helps bring to fruition, creating a positive change in your life.
- Business Growth – If you run a business, running a coaching or wellness program for your staff can boost your sales. The Economic Times reports that “coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.” This is based on a study done on Fortune 100 executives by the Manchester Consulting Group.
What a Life Coach can’t do
There are coaches for careers, relationships, finance, performance, business and a host of other areas. What a life coach isn’t though, is a psychologist. Coaches simply aren’t trained in that field of mental health and aren’t equipped to deal with issues related to it. There are some psychologists that offer life coaching sessions, so it always pays to check their credentials. If you have feelings of inadequacy or general distress, talk to your GP first to see if you need to go to a psychologist or mental health care professional.
A good coach won’t take the reins of power from you, nor will he act as a cheerleader on the sidelines. He’ll tell you what tools you need to take out of your tool shed and how to use them effectively. Coaching is a $1 billion dollar-a-year industry now, but is unregulated and has its fair share of people who think they can coach just because they took a 20 hour online course.