Now more than ever people are becoming dedicated to achieving their goals. From joining the gym so that they can lose weight to taking online courses so they can improve their skills and knowledge. However, one of the fastest growing industries is life coaching.
A life coach is someone who can work with you one on one to provide you some reflection and perspective to make sure you are moving in the right direction. This person will help you find clarity and work through challenging decisions that would otherwise be difficult going it alone.
Here is everything you need to know on how to find a life coach that best meets your needs:
- Accreditation & Training
Before you go out and sign up for any type of coaching program, it is important that you find someone who has been properly accredited. Unfortunately, there are many training programs in this industry that allow life coaches to be certified over the weekend and you want to avoid these people as much as possible.
An effective accreditation program takes at least six months with some taking up to two years. So when you are interviewing a potential coach, make sure they have the proper training.
- Personality Match
Because you are going to be entering into a long term relationship with this individual, you want to make sure that your personalities match. While interviewing them, ask them some personal questions (not too personal though!) that will help you to determine if you will get along. It’s vital that you enjoy speaking with them.
One question you can ask the person you are interviewing is “What have you accomplished?”. Since you are going to be hiring someone who is going to be supporting you along your journey, it’s important that they have an understanding of that process so that you can learn from their experiences.
Most life coach’s should have something they specialize in. Whether it be finances, health, relationships, gender, or age, it’s good to find someone who specializes in a specific area that relates to your needs. For example, some life coaches specialize in women who were recently divorced while others specialize in helping men who have low self esteem.
Life coaching is a powerful technique that can help you achieve your goals faster and with greater ease so long as you take the time to find the person who best suits you. Don’t feel rushed into anything and make sure you interview at least three potential candidates before you make a decision.