Sometimes, while we know what we want, we struggle to find the patterns and systems to get us there. Coaching, like for athletes, is a solution to helping you feel equipped with the tools and habits you need to build a more fulfilling life, faster.
What is a life coach?
Life coaching is a different kind of professional help. It’s similar to counselling, but it’s a more solutions-focused approach that looks to set achievable goals and produce measurable results in whichever areas of life you wish to give focus and achieve more. If the idea of counselling seems doesn’t seem relevant to you or feels a little daunting, coaching is a practical, low-intensity alternative to getting a bit of support on the things that matter to you.
A life coach will help you look at practical steps to push your life in the right direction, whether that be in your career, your relationships, or your sense of self.
A qualified life coach helps you figure out your goals and build concrete plans to achieve them, whilst also addressing some of the underlying issues that might be holding you back, as in a typical counselling session.
Problems that a life coach can help you solve
Life coaching benefits those who are looking for a maintenance tool – to keep their relationship fresh and growing, to maintain focus on their career ambitions, or to level up in how they relate to others. It can be used to inject energy into the direction you’re already moving in.
Life coaching can also be useful at a time when you may feel stagnant, stuck in a rut, or uninspired.
Issues that life coaching can address include:
- Career – If you’re feeling like your career isn’t moving fast enough or has stopped progressing, a life coach can help you build a plan and develop the tools needed to motivate yourself to take those extra steps. Managing your own behaviour and that of others is a key tool in career success, and is a common goal to want to develop.
- Relationships – If you want to improve upon the habits of an already steady relationship, or if you have trouble making or maintaining solid relationships, a life coach can help you develop those skills and identify what might be holding you back.
- Self-esteem and motivation – sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy. If you aren’t feeling great about yourself, or you’ve lost motivation and energy, a life coach can help you work on that, to build a better self-image and develop the mental tools needed to keep your life on track.
The benefits of life coaching
The benefits of life coaching are derived from its practical, solutions-focused nature. Life coaching can be a really helpful tool because it looks to the future and focuses on practical goal-setting, which is a useful way to build towards and measure success. Habits, good or bad, are key to being successful in any area of life- and you can think of a life coach as your very own habits teacher, there to guide and structure out what systems and patterns you can address to get to the goals you want.
The many benefits of life coaching include include:
- Overcoming inner conflicts and conflicts with others
- Finding motivation and drive
- Identifying talents and abilities, and building self-esteem
- Getting clarity on your direction
- Improving your planning and organisational skills
- Improving your confidence, and reducing stress and anxiety
- Helping you advance in your career
- Helping you build healthier relationships.
Should I choose life coaching?
Life coaching may be better suited to you than therapy or counselling if:
- You can’t put your finger on what’s bothering you, you just feel a little flat or unmotivated
- You want to focus on the future, set goals, and plan
- You want insight on how to be a better colleague, leader, partner or parent
- You want to learn how to build your own momentum and keep motivated even when things get tough
- You’re a goals-oriented person.
Costs of life coaching
Session fees can range across coaches and types of sessions. At Life Supports, evidence-based coaches tend to charge within the $100-170 per hour range.
Myths and facts about life coaching
Myth – ‘life coaching is a new-age self-help fad’
Fact – It’s a reasonably common suspicion that life-coaching is a bit of a fad, rather than a solid, proven profession. Life coaching tends to be an unregulated industry – so lots of people call themselves a coach without having undertaken the proper qualifications. But really, when undertaken by talented, experienced professionals, life-coaching is a results-based practice, grounded in practicality and psychological theory.
Myth – ‘it’s just another type of counselling’
Fact – Life coaching and counselling, while on the same continuum of practice, are different professions utilising different tools. Where counselling is primarily about emotion, life coaching involves emotion but focuses much more on the practical side of life, and planning. Where counselling is more reflective, looking often to the past, life coaching is about focusing on the future and building towards it.
Myth – ‘A life coach maps out your whole life, and tells you what to do’
Fact – Life coaching isn’t about your life coach telling you what to do and when to do it. It’s much more about teamwork, so your coach will look to work with you to develop goals and plans that suit your needs. There’s no pressure, no bossing around, and no quick fixes – it’s all about developing the resilience and motivation to improve things.
Life Supports life coaching & counselling specialists
We have qualified counsellors and therapists can offer life coaching as a stand-alone service or in addition to evidence-based counselling. We have practitioners across Australia who can work with you face to face or virtually. You can get in touch with one of our intake consultants to discuss the best approach for you on 1300 735 030.