As we progress through life, we all have highs and lows. Sometimes we need support through those big moments of change, whether they are the exciting ones we’ve created ourselves, or the tough ones created by circumstances outside of our control.
If you’re reading this now, you may be asking yourself: When is the right time to hire a life coach?
I’ve coached my clients through many significant changes in their lives. Here are some of the most common transitional points in people’s lives when they choose life coaching for support and guidance.
Making a Big Career Change
After being in a position for a long period of time, it can be hard to consider leaving in pursuit of a new role. But for someone who has ambition and drive, staying in the same role can feel like stagnation. You might have your sights set on a bigger dream for yourself. Perhaps one that is more challenging, has a better work environment, higher money potential, or more responsibility. A life coach can help you navigate all the feelings while you step into a new role and leave the existing position.
Or, you may feel like you’re ready for a transition into an entirely different profession.. This can pose even more mindset challenges and bring up all kinds of fear. A life coach can help identify your strengths and skills that can translate into a completely different line of work. This will allow you to feel more confident and learn to trust yourself as you apply for and step into your new and exciting role.
Ultimately, you are the greatest expert in your own vision, dreams, and ambitions. A life coach commits to helping you navigate through all the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a career change, to the point of even making the process fun!
Starting a Business
When you decide to start a business, your life makes some radical changes. You begin facing new mindset challenges that you’ve never faced before. Some of these challenges can bring up fears you didn’t even know you had. You might feel like you lack the self-confidence to accomplish big things for yourself.
Life coaches can help you navigate the challenges of starting a business. And because they have created their own businesses, they have first-hand experience and knowledge about the mindset skills you need to be successful.
Coaching can point out the areas where you may need growth. It can improve your leadership skills, your self confidence, and your productivity. One 2009 research study showed the significant improvements people have made after receiving life coaching. 2009 Global Coaching Client Study:
- 80 percent reported improved self-confidence
- 70 percent reported improved work performance
- 67 percent reported improved work-life balance
- 61 percent reported improved business management
Small business owners and entrepreneurs often face a lot of challenges alone. It can feel scary and lonely. Having another person there to give you an unbiased opinion, while still supporting you, gives you the insight you need to build a successful business.
Feeling Inauthentic and Wanting to Discover Your True Desires
It’s easy to fall into the routine of life and go through the motions each day without a thought. It’s common to avoid taking action to decide whether or not we’re doing what we love and what we find fulfilling. Oftentimes this can leave a person feeling inauthentic. Perhaps you long to know more about your true desires and purpose in life?
A life coach helps you make the decision to create a life that feels rewarding and fulfilling. They can guide you to start living life on your own terms instead of following someone else’s plan. Only you can decide what your ideal life looks like, and a life coach can guide you and help you do the inner work you need. This brings clarity and fresh ideas to move forward towards your dreams.
Setting goals and needing accountability
Setting a goal is more than just deciding to do something. It requires planning, strategy, and accountability. Goals are stepping stones to reach your dream life, and they require not just motivation, but also focus and dedication.
As you work toward achieving your goals you will run into challenges and setbacks. Without the proper mindset, it’s easy to let these obstacles become problems that get in the way and hold you back from hitting your goals. This is where a life coach can be of service. A life coach will hold you accountable for those goals. And more importantly, help you work through the fear, obstacles, and challenges that come up by helping you manage your mindset along the way.
Because a positive mindset is important to achieving the dream life you’ve always wanted, a coach will help you remember the long-term reward and keep you on track. They’re the cheerleader you need to both celebrate your wins and push through your challenges as you achieve your goals.
Making Transition After a Life Setback
Setbacks are an unfortunate part of life. We’ve all experienced unexpected setbacks on one level or another. As much as you might be working towards bettering yourself and your situation, life can happen to throw curve balls. These curve balls can shake your confidence and disrupt the foundation that you’ve been working towards.
It’s important during these moments to be able to adapt and cope with the event or stress you’re experiencing. This can help you move forward and work through the difficult times more easily.
A life coach supports their clients through these setbacks. For example, losing your job can be devastating, not just financially, but emotionally. It can shake up your belief in yourself and make you question your self-worth. This can make it even more difficult to find a new position that fulfills you. Life coaching can help you build your self confidence back up and help you on your journey to move forward. In time, you may even find that what seemed like a “setback” was actually a “set-up” for a better life!
One of the hardest times in someone’s life can be when they lose a beloved friend or family member. A life coach will support you through the grieving process, listen to your experience, and guide you as you reflect and learn from any new insights that come up. Although loss is one of the hardest parts of the human experience, it can also be an important point of transition. Coaching will help you navigate through this time and make decisions on how you want to live moving forward.
When You Should Hire a Life Coach
Ready to take the first step towards hiring a life coach? I offer a free consultation to learn more about your needs and answer your questions. Whether your life has been disrupted by circumstance or you want to intentionally disrupt your circumstance, I’ve got you! I will help you get the results you want! Reach out today to book your first call!