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How to Choose a Life Coach

Life coaching is not merely a profession but a form of art. It has surfaced in recent years as a highly influential way that people receive help, giving them their personal “helper,” who partners with them in improving all aspects of their lives. It has changed the paradigm of how people obtain help by making it more client-focused.

A life coach always takes a coaching session seriously. They think of it as a precious space for another person, providing them the chance to really be heard (maybe for the very first time in a long time), and in that precious space, miracles can happen.

The person’s own skills in problem-solving start to work, and they come to the conclusion they can actually solve their problems on their own without others’ advice. On its own this realization can change a life.
The human being begins to look at things from a fresh perspective and engages that part of them that already knows the solutions. They take the reins to their own lives.

Listening, with undivided attention on the other human being, is an essential aspect of life coaching. People today are rarely ever listened to in this busy world we’re all moving in. A life coach has a natural ability to listen. It works for clients, those who are really heard and may express themselves completely, to have another person sincerely listen to them. Helping others in have a beautiful life entails more listening than talking.

When a person is listened to with undisturbed focus on what they’re saying, they come up with their own solutions and decisions, and learn options they never saw before.

When selecting a life coach there are particular qualities you must to look for. A life coach with plenty of certifications may not be able to listen well or possess inherent people skills, while another who has had no formal certification may have exceptional listening skills and high-value insights.

As you choose a life coach, spend time to ask yourself these questions:

Is the life coach a good listener?

Are you comfortable enough that you can be very honest to them?

Do you even feel understood?

Are they passionate and authentic when dealing with you?

Does it feel as though they really want the best for you instead of having some ulterior agenda?

A life coach should only listen and guide, not dictate how your life should be lived. They are not your therapists or consultants. Remember, you are the captain of the ship. If you encounter a life coach who has “plans” for your life, run.

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