Successful people have to catch progress by the horns.
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Whether it's climbing the corporate ladder or making your way as an entrepreneur, there is something that works from all domains: we all need some help. Living your best life, both work and professional, requires self-reflection with real intention and continuous personal development. However, even when we are at our best, we all have blind spots that prevent us from seeing the full picture of our lives and the thoughts, habits, and behaviors that can affect our growth. The same applies to our friends and family. Although those who love us may have the best intentions, they generally do not have the discernment to analyze correctly and offer us workable advice. So who can we turn to for self-assessment and advice? This is where a Life Coach comes in .
Successful people do not leave their progress to luck, they take it by the horns. Hiring a Life Coach is a great example of how those seeking professional and personal growth can take charge of the vision they have for their lives. In fact, some of our favorite leaders have publicly spoken about the value of coaching. For example, both Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates have been cited praising their experience with Life coaching. Winfrey has been working with coach Martha Beck for a long time, saying “Coaching helps you stop the mental noise that is telling you all the time that you are not good enough.” For his part, Gates has said that “Everyone needs a coach. We all need people to give us feedback. This is how we improve. ”
According to Elizabeth Arboleta, certified Life Coach and professional therapist, “Everyone needs a Life Coach because there is power in another person, a professional, who reflects what you say and see to open your mind, identify your blind spots, motivate you to discover and support you to put yourself into action ”.
Coaching goes beyond setting goals and reporting progress, explains Arboleda: “Through coaching, I support my clients in changes and transformations, and defend their greatness, genius and power.”
From feeling stuck in life to embarking on creative projects and job transitions, a Life Coach is half a team of two people committed to your evolution. Although some coaches, such as Arboleda, offer additional therapeutic services to help you identify your mental blocks and limiting beliefs, the main objective of a Life Coach is to help you design and implement a specific vision for your life yourself. Collaborating with achievable steps, you and your Life Coach will go beyond mentality to create actions and practices that will transform your life so that it goes from stagnant to stellar.
Below you can learn three specific ways in which working with Life Coach can enrich your life:
1. Identification of objectives and priorities
For many people, the problem is not a lack of ambition but a lack of clarity. When we are caught up in the day to day, we tend to end up chasing a vision of success that someone else gave us, rather than going after something that we create with intent. We are not surprised, then, that so many people spend their entire lives doing what they consider “right,” such as going to college, getting a job, raising a family, only to get up one day and realize that they are not happy.
When you work with a Life Coach, you begin to connect deeply with yourself, allowing you to design and create the life you want based on your own expectations and standards. As Arboleda explains: “Through this connection, you can choose what balance is for you and what you want to empower in your life that is aligned with that idea of balance.”
For you, that could be becoming a full-time entrepreneur, starting a business, or embarking on a creative passion project in your spare time. A Life Coach helps you connect with yourself to identify and prioritize those new goals in ways that make sense to you.
2. Cultivation and transition towards a new identity
In addition to specific goals and projects, Life Coaches are a great help in times of transition. From job changes to personal changes like a divorce, a Life Coach can help you stay grounded in these changes. Part of why the changes are so difficult is that they challenge the stories we have created for ourselves. Who am I if I am not an employee of this company? Who am I outside of this marriage or this relationship? These kinds of doubts can be difficult to face alone, but a Life Coach can help you reformulate your personal narrative so that you can empower yourself for a new chapter.
3. Support and alliances
Perhaps most importantly, Life Coaches are a source of support and comfort. Comfort comes not from being pampered, but from being challenged with kindness to achieve your goals with courage, conviction and responsibility. Arboleda says: “I see coaching as an open and complete alliance between the client and the coach, a society in which authenticity, connection and intimacy are key to the success of the relationship.”
As with any other alliance, both partners must do their part. A coach is not there to serve you or to fix your life; A good coach reflects the potential of his client to help him express his inner brilliance and make it manifest as a reality.
By meeting once a week, clients and coaches build an ongoing relationship in which the client can recharge to feel supported throughout the different phases of his life. Because after all, we are much more than what our positions say we are.