Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their trip down the path to success, participating in some kind of coaching program is at the top of the list. – Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching, often called personal coaching or simply coaching, is a one-on-one, collaborative process in which a trained professional (the coach) helps you, the client, achieve your personal life goals. These goals may include just about anything: more self confidence, weight loss, career change, better relationships, and many more. People from every possible age, background, and occupation get coaching, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to achieve something more in their personal or professional life. Whatever your goals, a professional coach gives you motivation, accountability and support, keeping you focused and taking action from week to week.
Speaking of taking action, Noomii had the pleasure of interviewing Katie Jeanes who managed to achieve all of her one-year goals with the help of her coach. Watch the video below to get inspired.
Life coaching success story.
One of the most common reasons people report for wanting to work with a coach is the feeling of being “stuck”. They’re stuck in a job they don’t like, stuck in an unsatisfying relationship, or stuck in a life that lacks meaning and purpose. A coach’s job is to get you unstuck, and they do this with a number of tools, techniques, and processes designed to help you find what drives you, where you want to go, and the best way to get there.
The use of the word “coach” is not an accident. A personal life coach is fundamentally no different from a football coach or a tennis coach. A good sports coach will keep you focused on your goal, provide feedback, encourage you when you’re feeling frustrated, and make sure you’re challenged enough to make real progress from week to week. Likewise, a good personal life coach will help you stay motivated, focused, and give you objective feedback to help you get farther and in less time than you could on your own.
Answers to all of your life coaching questions
Check out answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about life coaching:
- How much does life coaching cost?
- How to choose a life coach?
- How does life coaching work?
- What is the difference between life coaching vs therapy?
- What problems does life coaching solve?
- Why don't more people hire life coaches?
- What credentials do life coaches require?
More than just life coaching
Although most people are familiar with the term life coaching, the field of coaching actually includes a number of unique specializations. In addition to general life coaching, there are dozens of other coaching categories, capturing the most common personal and professional goals. The following list contains some the most common kinds of coaching:
Coaching for Individuals
- ADD / ADHD Coaching
- Career Coaching
- Christian Coaching
- Family Coaching
- Health and Fitness Coaching
- Life Coaching
- Money and Finance Coaching
- Relationship Coaching
- Retirement Coaching
- Spirituality Coaching
Coaching for Businesses and Organizations
- Business Coaching
- Entrepreneurship Coaching
- Executive Coaching
- Leadership Coaching
- Performance Coaching
- Team Coaching
The kind of coaching you choose depends on your specific goals.
How do I find a coach?
The most important thing to remember when looking for a coach is to find one whose training, background and skills most closely match your specific goals. There are many coaches with many different specializations, and your ultimate success will largely depend on finding the coach with the best “fit” for your particular situation.
Because finding the right fit is so important, it’s critical that you do not just hire the first coach you talk to. Instead, we recommend you speak with at least 3, and ideally 4 or 5, to find the one who you’re going to feel the most comfortable working with over a period of several months. Almost all professional coaches offer a free, 15 or 20 minute consultation to help you determine if they are the right coach for you.
If you’re fairly sure about what you’re looking for in a coach, you can find a list of hundreds of coaches with several specializations in Noomii’s directory of professional life coaches. However, if you’re not sure exactly who you should be coaching with, you can request a coach through our coach referral service. With this service, you tell Noomii about your goals, background, and budget, and we send you a select list of compatible coaches to interview for your free consultations.
This article was written by Stephan Wiedner, co-founder and "Head Coach" at Noomii.com.