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Do you need a life coach?

Deciding whether you need the help of a life coach can be down to recognising these signs

It’s important to understand the distinction between life coach and therapist: they are absolutely not the same thing.

Deciding whether or not you need a life coach is a tricky equation to solve. On one hand many successful people hold life coaches up as essential aspects of their individual successes, increased motivation and determination to achieve.

On the other hand, the stigma attached to seeking professional help for those who see themselves as “in a rut” can be detrimental to self-esteem. And while there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all approach to life advice, there are certain signs and symptoms that suggest you could do with the wise words of a life coach without wasting time and money.

So let’s look at them one by one.

#1. You have a goal, but you don’t know how to achieve it.

There are times when you have a vision of your future successful self. Or you have a specific goal you want to achieve — to make partner, to own a three bedroom house, a sports car, a family, to publish a book, release an album. But you don’t know how to achieve any of it. A life coach guides you to make realistic plans which will help you in realise your goals.

#2. Feeling lost and confused.

If you feel that you are lost and confused in life then working with life coach can help you find new direction and, more importantly see your life from a valuable, new perspective. Try looking at your life through someone else’s eyes to recognise the value of what you are capable of.

It’s important to understand the distinction between life coach and therapist: they are absolutely not the same thing.

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#3. Unorganised and lack of clarity.

A plethora of good ideas are wasted due to a lack of organisation and clarity in life. A life coach can help you organise yourself through motivation and self-discipline which in turn will give you more clarity about your goals in life.

#4. Recognition that you need to change your job or profession.

Changing your job or profession is a big step. If you feel that you need or want to make this big change and you are not sure about how to achieve it, you surely can use the help of life coach. Life coaches give you the confidence you require to take the important decisions in your life.

#5. A lack of confidence.

Developing your self-confidence when you are feeling low is a key role of the life coach. They will be beside you and help you take well-informed risks in life which, when they pay off, can boost your self-confidence immeasurably.

#6. Knowing your comfort zone.

To progress in life everyone needs to step out of their comfort zone. If you are too comfortable with your daily routine then that’s where life coach will help you by challenging you to step outside your comfort zone. And in so doing, you will learn, grow and take progressive actions which can make you experience life anew.

CA Naveen Sharma, life coach and chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India — Dubai Chapter.

With all these points in mind, many people still hesitate to seek advice from a life coach. They think it’s not for them or it may not work for them. Let’s clear these misconceptions. A Life coach can help you in many areas of life — from finances to relationships, to kick-starting good habits. And the efficacy of life coaching is not limited to certain age demographics. People of all ages can benefit from the help of life coaching. Moreover, and in this increasingly digitized world you don’t have to visit them physically. It can be done through video call or a phone call. To reiterate, life coaches help you identity what’s stopping you from achieving your goals and can help you overcome your fears and insecurities.

It’s important to understand the distinction between life coach and therapist: they are absolutely not the same thing. Many people confuse life coaching with therapy. In actuality, both are very different. A therapist acts more like a doctor with medical diagnoses and cures, whereas a life coach is more like a trainer who motivates you towards achieving your goal.

Essentially, a life coach is someone who can guide and advise you about your life, whether personal or professional. If you are confused about your life, career, impactful decisions or your way forward, that’s when a life coach can be invaluable.  They will help you to find out what you want from life and, more pertinently, tell you how to achieve what you want. Deciding whether or not you want to seek the help of a life coach comes down to some simple, easily recognizable signs.

The writer is a certified life coach and the chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) — Dubai Chapter.

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