How does life coaching differ from consulting, therapy, sports coaching?

Consulting. Life coaching can be considered a form of consulting. However, consulting is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you’d expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. Life coaches, on the other hand, may or may not have a background or experience in your field. A coach is a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your business or personal life. Unlike many consultants who propose a solution and leave you to implement it, the life coach stays with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills, and goals to make sure they really happen. This is one reason why coaching is so effective – it is one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change!

Therapy. Life coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists. Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. We help people move forward and set personal or professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Most clients are people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so.

Sports. Life coaching often includes principles from sports coaching, such as being your best, doing more than you think you can, or going for the goal. Your life coach will help you score the win in your own life!

Philosophy of life coaching:

If there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, then there is opportunity for a life coach. Why struggle on your own, when you can get what you want out of life in a fraction of the time with structure, support, and strategies from a life coach?

Who hires a life coach and why?

“People hire a life coach because:

  1. They want more.
  2. They want to grow.
  3. They want it easier.

It’s as simple as that. A life coach helps a client get all three, quickly.

What are the benefits of hiring a life coach?

  • Set better goals based on what you really want.
  • Start taking effective and focused actions immediately.
  • Create momentum for easier results.
  • Prevent petty annoyances.
  • Have more time and energy.

Where does the life coach focus with an average client?

A life coach focuses where the client wants to focus. Your goals are the coach’s goals, andcan have profound suggestions for how to reach your goals more quickly. Sometimes, in order to be more successful in life, you need to do some personal work.

Why does life coaching work?

Life coaching works for several reasons:

  • Synergy between the life coach and client creates momentum and excitement.
  • Better goals are set— that naturally motivate the client.
  • Client develops new skills, which lead to greater success.
  • Life coaching provides a structure of support. Left to our own devices, we start out with the best intentions and then, we hit a hurdle and it can derail us completely or cause a long delay. A life coach can help you quickly break through blocks, so you accomplished more with less struggle and effort.
  • Your life coach is an objective, positive supporter. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a friend or colleague to provide this as a good listener. If you’ve been doing it solo, see how much more you can accomplish with trying a life coach!

Why is life coaching so popular?

1. People are tired of doing what they “should” do and are ready to do something special or meaningful for the rest of their lives. Problem is many can’t see it or if they can, they can’t see a way to reinvent their life around it. A life coach can help them do both. 
2. Now, people realize how simple it can be to accomplish something that might have felt out of reach or like a daydream. A life coach is not a miracle worker but a coach does have strategies to help the big idea become a reality.

Shouldn’t I be able to reach my goals on my own?

We’ve been taught that “hard work and doing it on your own” are the keys to finding life, success, money, or happiness. Most people believe they must sacrifice something to attain what they want. Some people sacrifice their health, their time to enjoy life, or their relationships. None of this is necessary. You can have it all but maybe not all right this minute! And with life coaching, you’ll find you don’t have to sacrifice anything to get what you want. You may need to change a few things, true, but clients find they have more time with their families and friends, more opportunity, and are more successful at the job when they connectwith a life coach. 

Athletes, performers, CEOs and presidents know that they can’t do it alone. They know they need a trained professional or even a team of experts to help them determine the best direction and to provide objective support with feedback. Without this support, it is difficult to achieve excellence. No athlete would consider going to the Olympics without the support of a coach. The extra edge the coach provides makes all the difference. Why shouldn’t you have this same advantage with a life coach?

Why would people who are already successful hire a life coach?

Nobody really needs a life coach, but many people want one! Is life easy or are you struggling? Are you doing what you most enjoy? Are you tolerating or putting up with anything? Do you have what you really want? Most people can expect a lot more out of their lives. Life coaching really speeds things up!

Can a dependency be created between a life coach and coaching client?

No. The client may need the life coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate their personal growth, yet not be dependent on the life coach. Anyone who has big goals can benefit from the structure, advice, and support of a life coach, so in that sense, a coach is needed.

Can life coaching hurt someone?

No. The client is always responsible for their own life. Clients makes their own decisions and take their own actions. Life coaches provide positive support and encouragement. While a life coach might challenge you to think differently or suggest that you try a different or profound approach than you would normally take, the client must decide whether to take the advice or not. Life coaches do not in any way control the client’s thoughts, actions or life. The client should feel uplifted and motivated to take action at the end of each personal coaching call. You should certainly feel good about yourself and your accomplishments.

Can I hire a life coach for a short-term, special project?

Yes. Some clients hire a life coach to help them achieve a specific objective or project. Many clients choose to continue working with their life coach after their initial goals are accomplished because there are even more interesting things to do!

How long must I commit to working with a life coach?

Although on average three months to one year, most people find life coaching more beneficial than they realized and stay on longer than they initially anticipated. Many life coaches ask for a three to twelve-month commitment.