Just about everyone has a vision of his or her ideal life. Maybe you've always dreamed of being a successful writer, musician, or corporate executive. But you haven’t made it a reality yet.
Then maybe what you need is a coach. Just like the people who push athletes to greatness in sports, life and wellness coaches push their clients to find success and satisfaction from their job or lifestyle.
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Unlike in sports, life and wellness coaches don't focus on changing certain behaviors, like correcting a bad golf swing. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), they develop their clients' overall strengths and abilities.
What Is a Life Coach?
These professionals provide the drive and guidance their clients need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives. They help clients to:
Unlike a nutritionist or physical therapist, who makes specific diet and exercise suggestions, a wellness coach will help you make better general choices that fit your lifestyle.
Why Would I Need Help?
There are many reasons. For instance, you might consider looking for one if you:
Need some guidance on moving forward in your career
Want to learn how to take advantage of your own strengths and talents
Don't know what to do about a major life decision, such as a move or promotion
Don't have an acceptable work-life balance
Have a lot of stress
Aren't as healthy as you'd like to be
How Do I Work With a Coach?
First, you'll sit down with your life coach or wellness coach over the phone or in person. The sessions will range from 15 minutes to an hour. During that time you'll talk about what you want to accomplish.
Through the questions your coach asks, together you'll define your goals and the challenges that could stand in your way. Then you'll outline the steps you'll need to take to achieve those goals.