It’s 2010 – Do You Know Where Your Life Coach Is?

December 10, 2009

It’s that time of year again!

… the time when people start thinking about New Years resolutions.  The most common resolutions people make, pertain to weight loss and personal fitness goals, career or financial goals, and relationship goals.

Although these are almost always written with the best of intentions, the vast majority of people never see their resolutions through to completion.  More often than not, by the first week of February, new plans fall by the wayside and old habits creep back in.

Perhaps you can relate.

It’s sad that so many fall short of realizing their dreams.   Rest assured!  If God has placed a dream in your heart, He has also placed within you, the ability to make that dream come true.  The key to success is to access that ability and put it to proper use.

This is where a Life Coach can be of great value.

What is a Life Coach?

I get this question a lot.  It can be a bit tricky to explain exactly “what” a Life Coach is and how an individual might benefit from hiring one.

Life Coaches are often thought of as Consultants or Counselors, but they are neither.  Life Coaching is an entity all it’s own with almost as many unique niches, or areas of expertise, as there are people who seek Life Coaching Services.

“Life Coach” is a term used to describe a professional who helps clients determine and achieve personal goals.   In my opinion, this simplistic definition doesn’t do justice to the valuable service Life Coaching provides.

What Can A Life Coach Do For You?

I believe a Life Coach can best be compared to a Personal Trainer. I came to this conclusion a few weeks ago when our family joined a fitness club.   Before I went to the gym for the first time, I set the general goal of making improvements in my physical condition.  Unfortunately, that’s as far as I’d managed to plan.  I didn’t have a clue about how to reach my goal and found myself immediately overwhelmed by the vast array of exercise equipment in front of me.

Thank God for the Personal Trainer who stepped in and helped me gain focus.  The trainer asked a few questions about what I hoped to achieve over the coming months, and within minutes he’d helped me take the first few steps toward that end.

Not only did he get me started, the Personal Trainer is keeping me accountable for sticking to my plan for success.   It didn’t take me long to want to stop my workout the first time I attempted it.  The trainer however, made quitting seem like less of an option. Knowing he’s going to be observing the results of my actions (or lack thereof) makes it much less likely I’ll cheat on the program.

Most important of all, the trainer helped me see that I can keep going long after my body and self-confidence starts screaming for me to quit.  Because of the trainer, I have a new found sense of accomplishment.  I now realize I am capable of doing far more than I first believed.  My goal suddenly seems more of a real possibility than a mere desire.

Like a Personal Trainer, A Life Coach helps clients focus on his/her personal goals and find ways to reach them.  They encourage their clients to stretch beyond their self imposed limitations in order to succeed.

What Can’t A Life Coach Do For You?

There’s only so much any one person can do for another. Just as I won’t benefit physically if I sit and watch the trainer do all the push ups, squats and aerobic exercise I should be doing,  neither will a client gain anything from a Life Coach who doesn’t encourage them to do their own work, drawing  from their own potential.

Where is Your Life Coach?

Life Coaching is better understood through experience, than by verbal definition.  One way to find your Life Coach is to participate in free sample sessions almost all Life  Coaches offer to prospective clients.   A quick Google search will reveal a variety of Life Coaches available to assist you.  Browse several of their websites and choose a handful to call for sample sessions.   Keep in mind that most coaching sessions can be done over the telephone, so there’s no reason to limit yourself to the Life Coaches located only in your city.

However large, or far away your goals may seem, you can reach them!  There is a Life Coach available, who is perfectly suited to help you in your journey.

God Bless!

Coach Becky J. Taylor

CTA Certified Life Coach

Bold New Day!


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