What’s easier: Working toward your goals alone through trial and error, or seeking the guidance and direction of someone who’s been there and done that?

The answer is obvious!

When you seek the advice of someone who experience working through similar situations to yours, you can avoid many mistakes and focus your time and energy on what works. That’s the power of a life coach.

Imagine, having someone in your corner to offer valuable insight and to help you streamline your personal or professional growth by setting you up with a plan of action,  helping you create clear and concise goals, providing you with unbiased and sage advice. That is what coaching is and it could shave years off the time it would have taken you to reach your goals! 

Here are the top 5 reasons why you need a life coach:

1. Coaching Builds Confidence

When you find a coach you believe in, you know you’re under the guidance of someone successful and that your goals are attainable.

2. Coaching Provides you with a Guided Plan for Success

 Sure, you can draft up a plan by yourself, but when you write out your plans with the help of a coach, you know you’re developing a realistic plan that works! Your coach will know shortcuts and will provide accountability as well. 

3. Coaching can Teach you Valuable Life Skills

The lessons that you learn while working with a life coach will prepare you for situations that you will experience for the rest of your life. 

4. Coaching can help you Navigate Unexpected challenges.

Things will not always go according to plan. When you hit a snag, your coach can help you overcome the challenge and steer you back into the correct direction. You can feel comfortable knowing that you’re receiving expert guidance. 

5. Coaching will leave you Feeling Energized and Motivated to Continue your Success.

Your coach likely has a great deal of enthusiasm for their work. This enthusiasm will work to help re-energize you and keep you motivated. Inspiring others is one of the main reasons why coaches exist. 

Finding a Coach That’s Right for You

There are a few tips you should keep in mind when searching for a coach that will mesh well with your personal style. 

First, see if your coach has appropriate credentials and experience to meet your needs. It depends on the field you’re in, but be sure to do your homework when it comes to finding your coach. Look into any training they have received, what experience they have working with someone in a similar situation as you, and what their coaching style is to see if it would be a good fit for you. 

 Second, look for testimonials and reviews about potential coaches. 

Ask around and try to talk to someone else who has been coached by this person. If you cannot find testimonials or reviews, ask you coach. A good coach will want to make sure that you are comfortable and motivated to begin the coaching process prior to you committing and will work with you to answer any questions you might have.  

Third, communicate with your potential coach. Use this time to learn how a potential coach communicates. Also, use this time to answer the following questions:

1. Do you get along with this potential coach?

2. Do you see yourself working well with this coach?

3. Does this coach seem transparent?

4.Is this coach providing a clear vision of how they will work with you and help you meet your goals?

Fourth, make sure you understand the details of the coaching process? Make sure you have answers to the following questions:

1. What is the price? 

2. What is the time commitment needed to be successful?

3. What is included in your coaching plan?

4. How will coaching sessions be conducted?

Working with a life coach is both a financial and time commitment. Make sure you are aware of what those commitments are before agreeing to work with a coach!

In the end you should be proud of yourself for seeking expert help. Follow these strategies to find a great life coach for you and jumpstart your journey into the life you desire.