When I told people I was going to start my own life coaching business, the majority of people said, “That sounds great!” And then with a puzzled look on their face, the next question would be… “What is life coaching?”
Most people in the world don’t understand what life coaching is until they have experienced it. Life coaching essentially helps you pursue your goals and dreams in an intentional way. In my opinion, it is one of the best kept secrets in the world.
As we begin a new year, many of us pause to consider what areas we want to grow this year. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, in the spirit of this time of year, here are five specific ways life coaching can help you pursue your resolutions or goals:
Clarify your vision – So many of us tend to make resolutions or goals that are somewhat vague. For instance, someone might say “I am going to lose weight” or “I am going to love my spouse better.” These are both great goals, but what does that really look like? What does losing weight mean both now in the short term, but more importantly, in the long term? What will that mean one year from now? What will be different in my life if I am pursuing a healthy diet? What does it look like to love my spouse better? What does that mean for me on a daily basis? Clarifying the vision is key to being successful with your goals. If we can’t picture it in our head, chances are slim that we will achieve it. Working with a life coach can help you explore these questions and more so that you can really see a clear picture of yourself accomplishing the goal.
Use your personal strengths (and quirks) more effectively – This is honestly my favorite part of life coaching. All of us have different strengths. It is easy to see how “Sally athlete” maintains her weight by eating an organic diet and working out four times a week. But perhaps you are not naturally athletic, and the idea of organic eating seems far-fetched for your lifestyle. So what does a healthy lifestyle look like for you personally? What strengths and talents and even unique quirks (yes, we all have them) can you utilize to help you achieve your goals in a way that works for your lifestyle? A life coach can help you 1) identify your unique strengths and personality wirings (and even quirks), and 2) use them to your advantage to help you achieve your goals.
Encouragement – This might be my second favorite part about life coaching. If you’re anything like me, you are not satisfied until you’ve reached your final goal. Sometimes it can be difficult to give ourselves credit for our progress when we know we are only half way there. But a good life coach will help you pause and take stock of your progress, which gives you further motivation to continue working. A good life coach helps you see how far you’ve come, and then continues to encourage you to keep moving forward.
Accountability – Ugh! Just the word tends to make people wince. I know – I feel it too. But accountability is key to pursuing your goals. Think about this – if you resolve in your head to do something – for instance, I want to stop drinking coffee after 10 am. If I don’t tell anyone I am going to do that, then the next time I have a craving for coffee at noon, it will be easy to compromise. But, if I know that I must report to someone about my progress, I am much more likely to keep my resolve and drink tea instead of coffee. Accountability is that extra push to keep us heading in the right direction. A good life coach will hold you accountable in a way that kicks shame to the curb and helps you feel empowered to keep moving forward.
Don’t quit when you encounter a hurdle – Why do you think so many New Year’s resolutions don’t last past January? Of course – if it were easy, you would have accomplished your goal already! Inevitably, with every goal, there are hurdles to jump. Sometimes, the hurdle feels impassable. So we tend to stop or re-adjust our goals. A life coach can help you really dissect the hurdle and then assist you in creating new strategies to overcome it. A life coach will help you stay motivated when the going gets tough.
If you have specific goals for 2015 and want to consider life coaching, please feel free to contact me! I would love to just visit with you (no strings attached) about how life coaching could potentially benefit you this year. We only live once. Make it intentional. Make it great! Happy 2015!