Life Coaching: Everything You Need to Know

Your questions about coaching answered

What is life coaching?

The easiest way to describe what to expect with life coaching is to understand what it is not.

What life coaching is not:

  • Consulting or advising
  • Mentoring
  • Advice-giving
  • Therapy. While coaching can feel therapeutic, it is not therapy.

So, what is life coaching:

A coach is like an action-oriented guide working alongside you to help you remove blockers to success, and help you achieve your goals.

Whatever the sport, every player has a coach whose goal it is to help them see where their hands are misplaced, they're not taking advantage of specific opportunities, they're getting stuck in their own mental spiral -- a coach can do the same for you and any area of your life. 

While most coaching calls seem seem like a conversation, the job of your coach is to listen to what you're saying, what you're not saying, the areas for further insight, discovery, and growth, and to be a mirror for your own personal growth.

Coaches operate from a mindset that everyone is creative, resourceful, and whole which means you are the expert of your domain and already have the answers you need insight of you, but simply need powerful questions, listening, and coaching to help you uncover them.

Where most people in your life (e.g. your boss, partner, friends) have their own agenda, the only agenda of your coach is yours! When you win, your coach wins.

coaching vs mentoring vs consulting

What are the differences between coaching, consulting and mentoring?

Here's the list of differences to the left. 

(Courtesy of "Becoming a Professional Life Coach")

What are some reasons people seek out coaching?

Ultimately, people seek out coaching because they need want more of life. Whether it is guidance or help getting unstuck, finding balance in life, or want to kick it into the next gear -- coaches will help.

People often arrive at coaching because they're feeling unfulfilled. Maybe the person knows why they're unsatisfied, or maybe they don't. A coach can help a client get to the root of what's holding a person back, whether it's self-limiting beliefs, lack of confidence, lack of desire or motivation, environments, or more. 

Too often in life we turn to our friends or family to help provide us with insights, advice, or counseling, but there's a problem with that.

Your friends, family, and colleagues aren't equipped with the right skills to help and frequently they have an agenda or stake in your success (or lack thereof).

Life coaches are 100% in service to you, and their goal is to support and champion you, your dreams, and help you to make them a reality. They have zero agenda other than what you want, and when you win, they win. You can accomplish whatever you want, and a coach helps you to make it possible.

If you're looking for detailed reasons or ways in which a coach can help, here are a few:

  • You feel like something is holding you back
  • You aren't as happy as you want to be
  • You are fearful of putting yourself out there
  • You don't think you're good enough
  • You want to become a better communicator
  • You want to become more decisive
  • You want to become more confident
  • You want better time-management
  • You need more focus in life
  • You're facing or amidst a major life transition (transitioning into a new job, getting out of a relationship, having a baby, moving to a new place, etc.)
  • Foster client accountability to increase productivity

Ready to get results? We're here to help.

What are the types of coaches?

You'll often find that there are many different types of coaches out there.

There are:

  • executive coaches
  • business coaches
  • startup/entrepreneur coaches
  • relationship coaches
  • career coaches
  • men's coaches
  • women's coaches
  • sales coaches
  • marketing coaches
  • mindset coaches
  • life coaches

These are just to name a few! The field is so prolific due to the industry advising coaches to "niche down."

However, any coach will tell you that whatever your goals are, it's likely they intersect with your life -- making all of coaching, life coaching.

"How you do one thing is how you do everything." -- Anonymous

Who are some people that I might know who have worked with a life coach?

Behind every successful business visionary, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, there is a coach.

Here's a list of commonly known people who have had a coach:

  • Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google
  • Steve Jobs
  • Bill Gates
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Bill Clinton
  • Serena Williams
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Metallica
  • Andre Agassi
  • Hugh Jackman

While coaching has now become a status symbol, you'll openly hear more and more people discussing the conversations, work, or insights they had from working with a coach. There's a reason many people refer to their coach as their secret weapon.

Ready to learn more, grow more, do more, and become more than you ever imagined?