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So maybe you are feeling a little skeptical about the whole ‘life coach’ thing. What does a life coach really do?
Life coaches actually can take on a number of roles, depending on your needs and the type of coach you are working with. Here are seven typical roles of a life coach.
1. Sounding Board. Sometimes a life coach will simply be there as a sounding board to help you weed out unimportant or ill advised activities and focus on the best items. Many top CEO’s employ personal life coaches who help them stay on track and focus on their goals and the goals of their company. You might need a life coach to help reorganize your life, or tweak certain aspects of your life.
2. Ask Questions. Most Life Coaches are great at getting to the heart of the matter. Using questions instead of simply giving information they often lead the person being coached to the answers that they really need.
3. Fresh Perspective. Often you just need someone with different eyes on the situation to give you an outside perspective free from the emotional attachments that you carry in your situations.
4. Accountability. Many times just knowing that I am going to meet someone who is going to ask me a question is enough to get me off my backside to accomplish whatever it was. Just today I met with a couple of the guys that I work with and we set out goals that we wanted to accomplish in he next 7 days. Most of them were personal, some were business but I am sure we will do a better job of meeting those goals this week then we did last week because we know we are going to be asking each other about them at the end of the week.
5. Life Purpose. If you are wishy washy on your reason for being on the planet the right coach can help you. My friend and author Stephen Blandino (http://stephenblandino.com) first turned me on to Life Purpose coaching about 5 years ago and I have been enjoying doing it with lots of people over the years since then.
6. Goal Attainment. Do you have goals out there that you just can’t seem to reach. Maybe you have been thinking, dreaming and planning about some of them for years but can’t seem to get forward progress. The right coach can give you the traction you need to make your dreams a reality.
7. Priority Discernment. Taking the time to get away can often give you the discernment that you need to figure out what you should be focusing on. When that doesn’t work a few pertinent questions can often be all that you need to set you in the right direction.
Life coaches are really exactly what their name suggests; people who coach others as they go through the various challenges and distractions of life to help you get the most out of the life that God has given you.
The basic function of a life coach is to help you take the next step in life, to help you make the best use of your time and energy. And when you employ your time and energy effectively and efficiently in the right direction, you are suddenly able to accomplish great things of lasting value.
If you claim Christ as Lord and want a life coach I urge you to look for a life coach that has the same values as you. It’s not hard as there are many Christian Life Coaches out there. I have had three formal life/leadership coaches in my life and the results have always been wonderful. If you have had a life coach please leave a comment and let me know what the experience was like for you. Also feel free to recommend any great life coaches.