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Life Coach - What is it?

Updated on September 30, 2010


No it's not counseling.

A Life Coach helps you organize your goals and your thoughts. They work one-on-one with you to support personal growth and behavior modification to help achieve those goals. Life Coaches connect with you either by phone, email or in person (sometimes all three) to help motivate you and keep you on target. It is not a counseling session.

A Life Coach can help people with the following:

  • Relationships
  • Life Goals
  • Work / Career Path Goals
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Accountability
  • Clarity


Most people can achieve their goals if properly guided. A Life Coach acts as a mentor, assisting you in the process of taking the life-improving actions necessary to take control of your future. A Life Coach helps you overcome fears and achieve balance in both your personal and professional life.

Do you ever feel as though you can't see the forest for the trees? Life Coaches can help you achieve clarity so that you can see what you need to do. Sometimes it takes someone on the outside, who isn't directly involved to help you see what is right before your eyes.

Many people just need to be able to speak with someone else in order to kick start their creative juices!

Life Coaching has become one of the most sought after professions of the last decade. It draws on techniques from sociology, career counseling and management training. Life Coaching is seen as a non-judgemental partnership with the client.

A Life Coach is like a sounding board for ideas. But, in the end it's up to YOU to do the work. A coach can't make you do something you don't want to do.  They are your helper, not your boss!  You must decide what you want out of each session.  It is up to you to share you goals, challenges, and problems and to request help when you need it.  If you don't know what your goals are, your Coach can help you. 

Degree Or No Degree?

No degree or formal training is required to become a Life Coach. There are numerous training programs available to become a Life Coach. But, because there is no official regulatory standard, it is hard to pick the good from the bad. Coaching is based on trust. So, it is important to choose someone that you feel comfortable with. You may need to do some research before you find the perfect match for you.  That doesn't necessarily mean finding someone that is exactly like you, only better.  It may mean finding someone who is completely different from you. 


Hiring a Life Coach is not a cheap endeavor. The average Coach charges $165 per 45 minute session, with a minimum committment of 5 sessions required. Many Coaches offer online or over-the-phone coaching, which tends to be less expensive. Another way to save money is to purchase a bundle of coaching sessions at once. They tend to give a deep discount when purchase this way.  When you find someone you think you may want to work with, request a free trial.  If they don't offer a free trial then move on to the next Coach.

Ok, I found a what?

Now that the free trial is over and you feel this is the Coach for you, ask yourself this question:  "What do I honestly expect will happen if I hire this coach for several months?"  Pay attention to what your gut tells you.  If you don't think you will achieve your desired results, chances are you won't.  But, if you feel that this Coach will help you succeed, that's a good sign.

Why Life Coaching Works

The main reason Life Coaching works is that ultimately you are hiring someone with greater experience than you in a certain area.  Your Coach can quickly help you identify patterns that may not be clear to you and help you devise and implement solutions.  This is one of the fastest ways to solve challenging problems. 

The real challenge of Life Coaching is for your coach to help you implement the solutions to your problems.  Coming up with solutions is the easy part.  Implementing them is the hard part.  That's where Life Coaching can make a difference.  Your coach can help you stay on track and guide you through the process.

The most important thing to remember is this...SUCCESSFUL Life Coaching is the willingness to change.  If you aren't willing to change, you might as well save your money.  A coach can not make you grow.  They can motivate you and guide you.  But, YOU have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone to achieve results. 

Remember this...If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always have.

Maybe it's time to make that change!


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    • okmom23 profile image

      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Welcome, Lisa! Awesome hub, looking forward to reading all of your articles. Voted up.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Lisa,

      So good to read your first hub, which is awesome. You got all the fine points in about life coaching, but you forgot the part about how awesome you are!!! Your the best life coach I know and I have heard that from so many others. Welcome to hubpages - I voted up and very useful. Blessings to you friend!

    • Shane Belceto profile image

      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      This is well organized and informative thank YOU.

      I agree get that free consultation and truly see how the coach works and sounds etc. In fact if I may would like to add have a few of them to compare your thoughts and feelings for each before deciding on the one that fits you best. There are lots of great coaches out there so find them rather then them finding you is how I feel.

      So what HUB you got next for us?

      ~Expect Miracles