What Life Coaching Is And Why You Need One, According To An Expert
If you feel the need to transform every aspect of your life, from your relationships to your career, then a life coach can help you get there. Here is why you need one
There are times where life can wear you down. Every door may seem close and that can be discouraging. Well, fret not anymore as there’s always hope to turn your life around. I have always wanted to know what, exactly is a life coach and what role they play in your well-being. Thembi Hama answers all the questions you might have and signs you might need one.
What is life coaching?
Life coaching is the use of various methods to help you find clarity and purpose. It’s an empowering process that helps you achieve your goals be it business, career, relationships or self-development. Life coaches will assess what is going on in your life, help you unpack the challenges or obstacles you are facing, map out where you ideally want your life to be and what resources or course of action is needed to achieve that.
What is the difference between life coaching and psychotherapy?
Although there are some similarities in that helping individuals solve problems and change their lives, life coaching is different from therapy or counselling, mainly because life coaches do not treat issues like depression, anxiety, mental illnesses and addictions.
Although they do acknowledge the past, they do not dwell much on it, unlike in therapy where you work with a health-care professional who analyses your past as a tool to understand present behaviour, or revisit any past traumatic event or the origins of a self-destructive habit to help facilitate your healing.
Therefore, what you are working on in therapy is towards becoming a whole functional individual, whereas in life coaching you want to develop and maximize your present experience. Therapists focus on why things happened, and the treatment or resolution of a particular issue, life coaches focus on how you can live better.
Signs you need a life coach
There are many reasons or instances where one may seek life coaching. For example when one is:
- Stuck in a rut or at crossroads and is not sure how to move forward
- Hitting a lot of dead ends or repeating the same cycles and wants to unpack where the issue is
- Having a cluttered or chaotic life and wants to set things in order
- Desiring change but does not know what to do
- Occasionally in need of sound guidance.
Life coaching has many benefits. It helps you discover new and fresh perspectives, you become a more focused and confident person You can set and achieve your goals and become generally a happy and peaceful person. Going through life’s challenges with a trained professional is one of the best ways to tap into your own power and live your best life.
Thembi Hama is a professional life coach, and a registered member of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA).
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