Life is never a smooth sailing affair; no matter how much you try or expect it to be perfect, life is hard. There are always going to be some obligations, some expectations, some obstacles and a lot of pressure. It is all about hits and misses, with the misses sometimes outnumbering the hits. But that is life and even after all this it is still worth living.
However, as time flies, we continue living with all the pressures, obligations and hardships and also carry those along with us. With passing time the burden of this baggage increases until eventually it starts affecting your life and those in it. Your personal and professional lives start facing the consequences of it and you are not even aware as to why this is happening because all these years you have been living that way and are conditioned to think it the only way to live.
What you require at such times is a coach, someone who can point out to you that there are other ways to live or other alternatives to dealing with the situation without having a negative impact on your loved ones as well as on yourself. Much like a coach for an athlete, who helps sculpt his skills and edge him on the way to success, a life coach is someone who is there for you to redefine your perspective towards things, modify the approach and eventually achieve your goals and dreams, whatever they may be.
You might feel that this is what a mentor does.But, not many are privileged to have the guiding hand of a mentor in their lives, so they can sought the services of a coach who has undergone professional coaching courses to be a guide, mentor, friend to you for whatever problems that riddle you, whether personal or professional.
When do you need a life coach?
You might be unsure as to when exactly to approach a life coach. Frankly, there is no specific time or situation, but for starters, these might help-
- When you cannot follow through to achieve your goals
For many, the problem exists in following through to achieve the desired goal. A life coach helps define the exact goals and inspires you, thus giving you reasons so powerful for you to go after your goal. They help provide you with a fresh and third person perspective as to why you are unable to achieve your goals and what you can do to work in that direction.
- When you are unsure of where to start
For many the problem is from where to begin. You know what you want to achieve and are clear about the goal but are unsure from where to start. A life coach will step-in to help chalk out a path to follow to the desired endpoint.
Many are completely clueless about the start and the finish, and a life coach helps them define a vision for their life and ways to achieve it.
- For those are repeated stressed and facing anxiety
Stress is an inevitable component of today’s life but for some it can be a recurring factor that bogs them down. Life coaching can help them deal with it in the right way by viewing it differently.
- For those whose life seems in disarray
For some, life can be completely in state of disarray, right from finances, health or relationships. A life coach can help you look beyond the sorrows and failures, giving hope, education and inspiration to move out of it and move ahead.
In short, life-coach can be seen as the person in your corner for anything that life throws at you.