What Does A Life Coach Do?

What does a life coach do?

What does a life coach do?

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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.

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How to Discover Your Life Purpose in 60 seconds

I have read a bunch of Destiny Discovery, Life Purpose Discovery, and God’s Will for your life Discovery books over the years and they seem to talk about a lot of things that are really good to focus on and think about, for instance:

  • Passions and Interests that motivate or infuriate you.
  • Areas that you have found success in life in the past.
  • The whole strengths movement furthered by Don Clifton and Marcus Buckingham and its emphasis on focusing on things that strengthen you.
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Specific Callings or Destiny Moments that God has used in your life
  • Your History and family history and current circumstances
  • Using God’s general revealed will to help you make decisions
  • Optimal Conditions for your life and environment
  • Things in your life that have a yearning quality to them

I just planned a whole retreat for my students that was called Discover Your Destiny and we worked with students on figuring out what their purpose in life is and what God created them for. All of these things are great and can help us figure out the specific purpose and cause that God has created us for. The good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do according to Ephesians 2:10.

Sometimes though, it can be a little overwhelming. Have you ever felt like there was just too much to think about when it comes to discovering your destiny or life purpose? You start to wade through all these different categories and you come out the back side almost as confused as you went in, maybe even more so.

If that is the case for you, you might want to just try this simple little exercise that can cut through all the clutter for you and help you figure out why you are walking planet Earth.

Complete the phrase:

My life purpose is to Glorify God by _____________ ING ____________ WHO/WHAT

(i.e. Fixing Cars, Leading Worship, Strengthening Leaders, Raising Godly Children,) You get the idea. You might want to wordsmith it a little when you are done so that it speaks to your soul more deeply or even add some clarifying remarks to bring it to and even greater focal point. We know that God has us on this earth to bring him glory but sometimes figure out the specific way that he wants us to do that is a little tricky. I

For many of you this question will help cut through the clutter in your brain and help you to figure out exactly what you are about. Hope it helps you in the process.

I learned this phrase from my friend Stephen Blandino years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. When I fulfill the Destiny that God has for me it will be bring God the most glory, most significantly advance the Kingdom of God and leave me the most fulfilled.