As we kick off the new year, many of us are looking for ways to make a fresh start. Maybe your goal is to lose weight, exercise more, eat better or give up one of your vices. Maybe it's to make some changes in your career or personal life.
If you've been stuck in the same rut for awhile, it may be time to call in some reinforcements. Friends and family are great, but sometimes an outside perspective is just what we need to provide a kick start... or even a kick in the butt.
This is where life coaches come in. If you're wondering just what, exactly, a life coach is or what they do, here are some answers from Certified Life Coach, Merci Miglino.
Q - Okay, seriously, what is a life coach and how are they like or unlike therapists?
A- A life coach can help you bridge the gap between what you have and what you want!
Coaches are trained to actively listen, to observe and be absolutely objective and non-judgmental and to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; we believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
Coaches ask the questions how and what... Very action-oriented and present/future focused.
Therapy deals with pathology and diagnosis and often asks the question WHY – past focused.
Q- Who needs one?
A- Anyone who wants to move from good to great! Accomplish a goal, or fulfill a vision, wants accountability and structure, investigate lack of progress in these areas as well.
Q- What can someone realistically expect from working with a life coach, and what kinds of issues are dealt with?
A- To set bigger goals and to get there faster. Whether it’s in the area of career, business, sales, executive, relationships, health and wellness area - etc. Today people need support vs therapy, acknowledgment, structures, accountability and attention! Every great athlete has a coach – think of a coach as someone who has the advantage of perspective, experience and who’s only agenda is your agenda!
Q- How do you find a qualified coach?
A- Check out the International Coach Federation website for certified coaches in all areas of expertise.
Q- Where can you get more information?