I imagine you’ll get as many answers to those questions as there are life coaches.
From my perspective, life coaching is an organized and supported method of making desirable change in one’s life and being held accountable in the process. Examples where this can be useful are resolving a problem, making a decision, taking a leap, examining limiting beliefs and blocks, reaching a goal, changing a habit, making a life transition and spiritual support. When navigating uncharted territory, finding new answers in life or meeting challenges, it can be helpful to have a trusted support network. A life coach can be a major asset in that network.
A good life coach will start by getting an assessment of the various areas of your life, and help you narrow down the issues, questions or areas that you want to work on together. They will probably ask you a lot of questions and you’ll initially spend a lot of time talking about your current situation and what you’d like to change or work on. A good life coach is also a very good listener and by the time you are done with the assessment they’ll be able to clearly summarize the picture you’ve painted of your situation, and what’s important to you.
A life coach is someone who helps you find your own answers, helps you uncover your passions and facilitates you through the challenges of the process using various techniques. They’ll help you find the sweet spot, the place where you stretch your comfort zone while maintaining harmony in your life. They will also help you set goals and actions steps accordingly.
A life coach is something like AAA road service for life. If you’ve locked your keys in your car, your battery has gone dead or your tire is flat, you’d call road service. In the same way, a skilled life coach can help assess your situation and put their skills and tools to good use to help you find and move in the direction you want to go.
When choosing a life coach it’s important to make sure that person is a good match for the needs you have. If you are looking to start a business, it may help to find a life coach who has that kind of background themselves. If you are looking for spiritual support or direction, its helpful to be sure that the life coach you are considering resonates with your sense of truth. If you want to change a habit or uncover limiting beliefs and blocks, it can be helpful to find someone who has experience in working with various types of inquiry methods.
Before you commit to any number of sessions with a life coach, you should have at least one free session with that person to have your questions answered and also to feel into whether you are a good fit to work together. Ultimately, life coaching should be something that feels supportive and enjoyable for you. That person has an important role in the changes that you are wanting to make. You want to feel comfortable and confident that you are making the right choice. Don’t feel pressured to commit to something that you don’t really want to do or aren’t fully comfortable with. A life coach of course makes their living at what they do, but your well-being needs to be at the forefront of the work that they do.