6 Significant Ways a Life Coach Can Improve Your Life
No one bats an eye if you choose to get a personal trainer, but when you talk about a life coach, people get curious.
Now, you don't need a personal trainer. You can go on YouTube and find free workout videos or go on runs more often to get more exercise.
So why do people hire them?
Personal trainers do more than tell you to exercise. They support and push you to your physical and mental limits to help achieve your body goals. With their knowledge, they customize workouts that suit your body and abilities. At the same time, they save you time and energy from testing all the different types of workouts and help get you to your body goal faster.
Just as a personal trainer accelerates physical goals, a life coach does the same for your life goals.
Here are the 6 ways a life coach can improve your life:
1. Become More Efficient and Waste Less Time
With all the advice, blogs, articles, and knowledge on the internet, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. With so many options, it can lead to analysis paralysis.
Analysis paralysis occurs when an individual overthinks a situation or a decision and leads them to do nothing about it (1). In this case, there is so much information and advice improving your life you don't know where or how to start.
Working with a life coach takes away all the noise and overwhelming options.
Cut all the guesswork. Work with a coach to create an individualized plan to get you on track without wasting any more time.
When working with a coach, you...
Get clear about your goals
Collaborate on creating a system that works for you
Break down big goals into smaller ones
Accomplish your goals with greater intentions and time to spare
Use extra time to do what you want
2. Less Stress and Anxiety
The what if's and negative thoughts can unmotivate you. It makes your dreams or goals feel small and unworthy of attention. Then you feel bad for not starting that one habit you said you were going to do.
Working with a life coach reduces stress and anxiety that can come from conceptualizing your goals and figuring out how to tackle them.
A life coach acts as your support system and sounding board. They encourage, motivate, and push you. They also work with you to create actionable steps to realize your goals that you didn't believe were possible.
Also, tough decisions don't have to be handled alone. Talk to a coach and unravel difficult thoughts and decisions without unnecessary stress and anxiety that can build up when you are alone.
Feel less worried and stressed because you now have a partner and a plan.
3. Build Healthy Habits and Make Them Stick
Have you achieved the goals you said you were going to achieve in the beginning of the year?
What healthy habits did you want to achieve?
Getting more organized
Save or earn more money
If you haven’t met your goals, why not?
Your habits don’t just change overnight. Like any habits that you have now, it has taken time to develop to the point where you don’t give them a second thought.
It takes time and intention to change habits too.
The first step is to understand the mental or physical hurdles preventing you from achieving the habits you want. Understanding can get to the bottom of why things do and don't work for you.
Work with a coach to find out what does or doesn't work for you. See which habits stick and use them to your advantage. For the ones that don't, they help you find a new way to tackle it.
4. Utmost Accountability and Honest Feedback
It is easy to push your goals off and do them later. Everyone else's needs seem to come first, and you find yourself pushing your dreams back.
What is the difference between the other tasks and the ones that you assigned yourself?
Others have expectations of you. You feel the need to complete those tasks, or others would be disappointed in you or, worse, fire you.
But when it comes to yourself, you allow your goals to be pushed aside. Your goals don't seem as important, and there are no real consequences of pushing your goals back.
That's not true though. The repercussion is you letting yourself down and regretting not starting earlier.
One of the best ways to keep yourself accountable and continue moving toward your goals is to have a coach as your accountability partner.
A life coach is a great accountability partner because they
Keep you on track of your goals
Focus on you
Provide honest and meaningful feedback
Listen to your struggles
Encourage and push you further than you ever believed you could
It’s time to stop putting yourself last. It’s time to prioritize YOU.
5. Understand Yourself Better
When you work on improving yourself alone, the voice you hear the most is yours.
You may not realize how smart you are because, to you, it's normal.
On top of that, you're your biggest critic, and you may not have even noticed that you changed and grown in the past year alone. Although it is not bad to work alone, it's easy to get stuck on one way of looking at a habit or your own progress.
Working with a coach allows you to see your progress through another lens. Coaches ask powerful questions to deepen your understanding of yourself. They challenge and push your perspective and boundaries.
Your coach will give honest feedback on your progress from weaknesses to strengths that you may not have seen yourself.
Checking in consistently and reviewing your values keep you on track and aligned with your goals. It allows YOU to be aware of who you are, and how you are doing.
6. Save Money and Earn More
Is it worth it to get a life coach?
Coaching isn’t only for the wealthy. It is for anyone who wants to improve their life. In fact, coaching can help you save AND earn more money.
Why is saving important?
3 out of 5 adults don’t have a budget (2).
Less than 1 in 5 adults are confident in savings (2).
30 % of Americans have a long-term financial plan, which means 70% of Americans don’t (3).
Finances affect everyone, but not everyone has a plan. With all the bills you have to pay and keep track of, credit cards and paperwork get overwhelming.
A life coach can help you
Understand your financial situation
Organize your paperwork
Provide suggestions and knowledge on how to streamline your finances
Build habits to grow your savings for emergencies and big purchases
Talk about your finances and take them by the reins so you can be independent and free from debt.
Not only can a life coach help you save, but working with them can lead you to earn more.
Grow your confidence in your habits, work, and focus. The improvements will show up in the workplace, leading to promotions and better job opportunities.
Connect With a Coach Today
The benefits of a life coach are obvious, but it is up to you to decide whether you want to make a change in your life.
As a professional organizer and a coach, I help people get their life in order. I stand by the SHiFT™ approach to provide non-judgmental and compassionate coaching to help you live a balanced and healthy life.
If you are ready to regain control of your life, schedule a free call with me today.