It is common to misunderstand the concept of coaching. In fact, coaching is frequently associated to professional and business coaching, while any individual can hire a coach to achieve any personal goals, such as weigh loss or personal relationships, for instance. For me, the role of a life and career coach is the same as the sports coach: to motivate and help develop or improve skills. See below some reasons to hire a coach:
One of the most important reasons to hire a coach is to promote change. The coaching process is only successful when the coachee is open for changes and is committed to incorporating them into his/her life, regardless of the hard-work involved. Any kind of change can be manageable in coaching, as long as it is realistic.
2) Work-life balance
This has been a very popular term in the past ten years, but it is still a challenge for most people. Failing in achieving the so-called work-life balance not only causes frustration but can also lead to stress, the epidemic of the 21st century. A life and career coach can provide tools to facilitate the coachee’s personal and professional life in order to get the best of both worlds.
3) Time management
Are we busier than before or worse in managing our schedules? Regardless of the reason, it is possible to be productive and still have pleasure. Sometimes we wish the day had more hours, but as that is not yet possible, the key is to PRIORITIZE.
4) Pursue a dream
If one has a dream but thinks it is too hard or do not have the tools to achieve it, a coach can assist him/her in designing a plan of action. Please bear in mind that one is never too young or too old to do anything.
5) Personal and professional relationships
We all know that dealing with people can be quite a challenge, but coaching can also be useful in improving relationships. The coach can help the coachee reflect on the reasons the current relationship is as it is and help incorporate new attitudes to transform situations.
It is common to feel insecure or in doubt regarding your career path, regardless of your stage in life. A coach is crucial in assisting a recent graduate in entering the job market, an executive seeking career change or a senior who is retiring. A career coach is highly requested among female executives who struggle between career and family.
As I have mentioned previously, just like a sports coach, a life and career coach motivates the coachee to pursue any dream or goal. Nothing is too small or too big to be worth fighting for. If you need motivation to start a new project, to become a better professional or to transform your personal life and do not know how to start, consider hiring a coach.
I hope I could clarify some of your questions regarding the topics a coach can assist. What aspects would you like a coach to motivate you with? Please feel free to drop a line on the comments box below!