Hey there, honey bunny! I've gotten a lot of questions about how to find the right life coach.
As a result, I decided to create a helpful checklist for you to use as you go thru the process of finding the life coach with the right energetic fit for you. Let's get it poppin.'
1) Think about what you want to achieve
The more thought you've given to what you want to achieve beforehand, the more quickly you can find the right life coach who is the best energetic fit for you. Most people fall into the following categories:
- Some need help defining what it is that they want to achieve. In other words, they want to gain clarity.
- Others may need help putting together a plan of attack.
- Some may need accountability with the execution of their plan.
- A lot of people need some sort of mash up of these three items.
Think about where you are currently and how you can most benefit from life coaching.
2) Research online
Believe it or not, I find social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram more helpful in searching for a life coach then a traditional Google search. You can get a feel for the life coach's vibe by the boards they've created and the pictures/captions they've shared on Instagram. Facebook is also a powerful tool.
One thing to keep in mind is that the number of followers that a life coach has is not necessarily an indication of how good they are at what they do.
Managing a social media platform so that you have lots of followers and content is a full time career. Most of the life coaches and or self-help gurus that have a very strong social media presence are no longer offering private coaching sessions and/or group sessions, but may be focusing on e-courses and the books they've written. Those tools can be very helpful as well.
However, working with a life coach has tremendous benefits that can impact your life in a meaningful way.
3) Ask friends, family, and/or colleagues for a referral
See if anyone in your circle has worked with a life coach and find out how it went. Please note that everyone's journey and experience is different. However, they can give you a clue into what the coaching process looks like and things they wish they'd known beforehand.
4) Review life coach's website
Take note of the look and feel of the website. Notice the wording that the life coach uses. Does it resonate with you? Is the life coach talking about things that are important to you in a way that you fully understand?
5) Review life coach's certifications, trainings, and methodologies
This is super important because, much like the yoga world, life coaching is not a highly regulated industry. The most trusted standard in coaching is the International Coach Federation (ICF). You can check to see if the life coach's certification and training programs are ICF accredited.
You also want to have an understanding of what is important to the life coach. For example, is the life coach client centric? Does the life coach incorporate spirituality into his or her coaching? Does the life coach prefer to work on specific "projects" (e.g. obtaining a promotion, losing 20 pounds) or does the life coach prefer to help you with a holistic approach to your life?
6) Review life coach's pricing options and refund policy
This is super important, so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. It's important that you fully understand what you are committing to and what it will cost you both in terms of time and money.
I fully believe in life coaching because it is an investment that you make in yourself.
As I've said previously, I equate life coaching to an Olympic athlete working with a coach to bring out the best in his or her performance.
Make sure that you have the funds and the time to fully commit to this process. It's not fair to you or the life coach to not approach this process with the commitment in your heart to make the most of it.
Also, keep in mind that paying a higher price to work with a life coach is a commitment on both of your parts - 1) yours because you're paying a lot so you WANT to get the most out of it 2) the coach's because since he or she is charging more, there is a big expectation for them to deliver top notch results and coaching. The price that you're paying keeps both of you committed to the journey.
7) Look at testimonials
Read any testimonials that the life coach has published on his or her website. What outcomes and goals did former/current clients achieve by working with this life coach? What techniques were used? How did it make the client feel? Could you see yourself in this person's shoes? Were they struggling with something you're currently struggling with?
8) Review blog and published articles
Look at what topics the life coach covers in his or her blog and any published articles they've written. Do they focus on theory (e.g. the reptilian brain and how it works) and/or do they offer techniques to implement (feel the fear for 90 seconds and then proceed)? Do you like their writing style? Do you feel like they are speaking directly to you? Do you understand? Are the articles well written with proper grammar?
9) Note any niche coaching offered
Do they specialize in relationship coaching? Weight loss coaching? Career coaching? This can be extremely helpful if you want coaching in a specific area of your life. If you're not sure, a general life coach can help you get clear on what you want to achieve and steer you in the right direction.
10) Theory V. Action
As you're perusing the life coach's website, take note of how much of their advice (via their blog) is theory based or actionable. It's important to discuss theory because you can get insights that open your eyes and change the world. However, it's equally important to work with a life coach that can offer you strategies and techniques that you can actually implement in your daily life.
11) Free Initial Consultation
Does coach offer a free initial consultation? This is a great opportunity for you to actually speak to this coach and feel for the vibe between you two. Make sure and take advantage of this free time by preparing ahead. Think about what you want to achieve during the coaching process, specific projects or goals you want to meet, areas of your life you feel need your attention. Ask the potential life coach what recommendations, strategies, techniques would he or she initially recommend to get a feel for how he or she thinks.
12) Review life coach's work history
Notice any striking similarities and differences with your work history, as these are a good indication that the life coach can give you a different way of viewing your situation (both with a "I went thru the same thing. here's what I did" approach or "have you ever thought about this" approach)
13) Understand what the life coaching process would look like with this coach
Every life coach is different and has different strengths/weaknesses. Before you begin a coaching relationship, you want to have a clear understanding of
- the process you're about to undergo
- what happens during a coaching session
- will you have access to the coach outside of sessions (via e-mail and/or texting)
- will you have homework between sessions (e.g. exercises, journaling, reading) that you will need to complete
In summary, the more seriously you take the vetting process, the more likely you will quickly find a life coach whose values, energy, teaching methodologies and coaching process will help you to harness your potential and create the life of your dreams.
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