Seven Benefits of Life Coaching

Life is full of twists and turns but a life coach can help you stay on track

Life is full of twists and turns but a life coach can help you stay on track

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In a sports game, where there is a specific amount of time and a clear winner, the coach’s influence is pretty easy to see.  A great coach can take a good team and mold them into champions.  Like wise sometimes you have a team filled with champions that are unable to even make it to the playoffs because they don’t work well as a team.

Benefits from life coaching can be immediate and often last a life time.  Often a coach will offer a valuable suggestion or ask a question in a way that changes your thinking immediately.  A few years ago I was talking to my life coach about my struggle with desiring to work on business and ministry at the same time and how I felt guilty when I would work on business dreams.  He asked me a question that immediately changed my outlook.  “Buddy, who do you think put the desires in you?”  Obviously it was God but immediately it made it alright to have those dreams and desires instead of something that I always had to be fighting.  That has been a lasting change.

Just a few weeks ago I was talking with a life and leadership coach about the possibility of coaching for our entire organization.  I thought it was going to be strictly business but he opened it up as if it was a coaching call so before we got off I asked him, “Do you mind if I ask you a coaching question to help with my leadership.”  He said to go ahead and with a few quick questions I had a game plan to proceed with a meeting that I had schedule that day.

Here are Seven general benefits that you will probably see if you invest in a life coach.

Seven benefits from life coaching:

1. Life Coaching helps you to figure out your real priorities in your life.

2. Life Coaching helps to shorten the time frame to achieving your goals.

3.     Life Coaching helps to give you an outside viewpoint to allow you to see how God has worked in your life and some of the possibilities for the future.

4. Life Coaching facilitates organization and structure in your life, and encourages you to do above and beyond what you would normally do by yourself.

6. Life Coaching provides you with self-assurance, support, certainty, confidence, encouragement, motivation and inspiration depending on your needs and the situation.

7. Life Coaching helps you to walk in the good works that God has prepared in advance for you so that you don’t go through life aimlessly.

Life Coaching is an investment in yourself that will benefit you for the rest of your life. It can have such positive lasting effects that many see it as a necessary activity for any individual who desires to make their life count.

The key difference that a good life coach should make in your life is to help you reach your goals faster and easier than you can on your own.  A good coach will help you with questions, encouragement and short cuts that you might not have known on your own.  A good life coach can be the difference between living an OK life and living the life of a champion.

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In What Areas can a Life Coach Help me?

What Arenas in your life need Help?

What Arenas in your life need Help?

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The Arenas of Life

These are just a few of the areas in which people live their lives. You may feel a need to hire a coach to help you set and achieve goals in one or more of life’s “theaters of operations.” Or you may need to learn to balance the conflicting needs and opportunities these areas of life present. Read over this list, and consider whether you are living to your full potential in your life. Note: This list is not meant to be exhaustive; you may need help in other areas as well.

  • Aesthetics: Enjoying the beauty of life, appreciating the finer things.
  • Career: Networking, promotions, goals attainment, beginnings or changing.
  • Discipleship: relationship development, counseling
  • Evangelism: Outreach, attitude, event planning.
  • Family life: Husband/wife relationships, parenting, sibling relationships, in-law relationships.
  • Financial security: Debt reduction or management, budgeting, choosing insurance, preparing for retirement.
  • Friendships: Developing, deepening, enriching, discovering.
  • Health: Hygiene, exercise and fitness, nutrition, physical wellness.
  • Intellect/Education: Pursuing Challenges, remaining active, obtaining expertise and credentials.
  • Leadership: Leadership attributes, responsibility, trust, delegation, new leader development.
  • Posterity: Wills, trusts, passing on of values.
  • Recreation: Fun, sports, entertainment, enjoyment and zest.
  • Service: Charitable giving, volunteering, seeking excellence in professional and community life.
  • Spirituality: Connection, meaning, knowing one’s place in the universe.
  • Sports: physical training, team coaching, management, goal setting.
  • Stress reduction: Time management, relaxation, exercise, burnout prevention.
  • Ultimate Impact: ensuring you are living your life to leave behind a legacy.
  • Wealth: Savings plan, investment. Wellness: Joy, peace, self-esteem, love.

In which of these do you find yourself not reaching your expectations? What do you need help with in order to attain your fullest potential? How can you take steps today to make your life count in the best way possible?