Life coaches have been around for decades, but with social media growth, life coaches are more available than ever, both online and offline.
What exactly is a life coach?
A life coach is someone who can help you identify your goals and encourages you to develop an actionable plan. They are not a therapist nor are they a personal trainer. BUT they can help find you a therapist or a personal trainer if you decide it’s something that should be prioritized.
They are helpers and visionaries and good ones help to bring out the visionary in their clients.
Recently, life coaches have been branching out into more and more niches to be better suited to a particular client, usually based on their personal experience. This is a good thing. This is bringing experts together with the people who want to become experts in a wide variety of categories.
There are life coaches for new moms (Jaclyn Zubiena works in this niche), coaches for recent college graduates (career coaching is hot right now), and of course coaches to help you better your mindfulness or meditation practice are plentiful (Mindful Life Coach comes to mind).
But with so many life coaches out there, and a variety of certifications, what is it we should be looking for as we shop around for someone who can guide us through the tricky waters of meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation?
Here are the top 3 things that are crucial to pay attention to as you look for a mindfulness life coach:
1 – Authenticity – This is first and foremost! Not only do you want to find a reputable person to help you along, you also want to ensure it’s a reputable BUSINESS. There are plenty of scammers out there who will quickly take your money and provide a less than acceptable service or they will provide nothing at all! It’s important to vet reviews, and ask a lot of questions about why their practice is unique and effective. You want them to be “real”, literally and figuratively.
2 – Accessibility – You need to make sure your coach will be available to you a reasonable amount. This is something that should be discussed upfront. I knew of a woman who found a kind, authentic and successful life coach, but the coach got too busy for all of her clients and she ended up being ineffective because of her lack of attention. Let your potential coaches know accessibility is very important to you (within reason of course!).
3 – Passion – This is a tricky one because too much passion can come across as fake and frankly, AWKWARD. BUT, if you can connect with a life coach in a meaningful way and feel their passion for what they do, then you may have struck gold. So much of this business is finding the right fit and that can take time. Don’t be afraid to shop around and interview potential life coaches until you find someone you feel comfortable with.
When you are feeling stuck in life or you just need someone to help keep you accountable, a life coach can be LIFE changing!
We’ve seen it before and it can be a great thing.
We’ve also seen these services fail because someone didn’t do their homework. But I guess that’s why they needed a life coach in the first place!
Check out this site for a more in-depth analysis of how to go about finding a life coach and what to watch out for in the process.
And if you are thinking of BECOMING a life-coach check out this book* you can easily buy online.
We’d love to hear if you have had any experiences with a life coach, or if YOU are a life coach, let us know what else clients should be looking for. GOOD LUCK to all and Happy Minding!
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