I still get the impression that to some people, life coaching seems like a made up occupation. A frivolous idea. A waste of time and money. An unnecessary offering. A scam for the weak-minded.
And I get it. When I first heard the term several years ago, I did too. "Wouldn't it be a shame to need a coach for your own life?" I thought.
How wrong I was. Since then, I have obviously had a change of heart. First of all, I have learned what a life coach does. A life coach is not a cheerleader or guru or smooth-talking expert on your life. In fact, if a life coach tries to give you cold, hard advice, then that life coach is perpetuating one of the many myths of coaching. One article written to help debunk coaching myths states, "Coaches are experts at the process of changing behavior, which is much more valuable than giving instructions." Furthermore, working with a life coach does not mean you are weak or uncertain or depressed or unhappy. Some people come to life coaching with those complaints or from some other place of scarcity. And coaches can help them for sure. However, just as many people come to life coaching already successful and happy, but wanting to grow and learn and prosper even more. They come from a place of abundance and potential. And coaches can help them, too.
Once, when I was talking to a teenager about what I do, I told her I was a life coach. She smiled and said, "That's great. We could all use a life coach, couldn't we?"
The answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Her simple statement was not only validating, but also insightful. Few of us are functioning at our maximum potential. Therefore, everyone has room for growth. With the support of a life coach, anyone can work toward more abundance. Schedule a complimentary intro session and let's explore the possibilities. Stay tuned for more posts about specific ways a life coach can help you discover your best self.