Do you spend more time planning your vacations or your life? And I’m not talking planning life like in figuring out how to possibly get everything done on your list. Think bigger…much, much bigger. I’m talking about life planning like defining your purpose, what you want to be remembered for or what you ultimately want to accomplish during your life time.
I’m serious about this question and encourage you to stop…literally…stop reading for a minute and contemplate your answer.
If you are like most folks, sadly the answer is probably vacation planning. You see, we are so busy “getting it done,” that we frequently lose sight of the ultimate life goal…assuming we ever had one!
The most successful people realize that opportunity doesn’t “just happen.” Instead, they take an incredibly active role in their life. They make plans and then they execute them.
If you want to truly own your life but aren’t sure how to start, you may find it a good investment to hire a life coach. You see, the whole concept of both career and life coaching puts you squarely in the driver seat of your destiny.
Check out some of the top reasons below to put a life coach on your team!
- Gain clarity. A qualified life coach will ask you questions that it’s likely you’ve never answered before. And if you really want to maximize your coaching investment, you should be prepared to dig deep and really contemplate your answers. While the exercise can be a little daunting, the benefits are unbelievable rewarding. After answering their questions and engaging in discussion, it’s likely you will finally have clarity on what you want to make happen in your life.
- Find peace. Peace…can you even imagine it? If you’re struggling to find peace in your life, investing in a life coach may be a wonderful move. This is especially true if you find yourself running from one thing to another with only the goal to survive and get it all done! A life coach will force you to set some priorities. And once you have a plan, the landscape changes dramatically.
- Greater balance. It’s not uncommon to feel pulled between work, life and family. But often the struggle to find balance in your life stems from the fact that you are trying to give every topic 100% focus. And that’s just not realistic. Talking to a qualified life coach can help you identify priorities and then plan your actions accordingly. If balance is something you are struggling with, you may also appreciate an earlier post, 9 Tips for Work/Life Balance.
- Stalled career. Talking to an independent third party can be the starting of finding wonderful ways to jump start a stalled career. Whether talking to a coach helps you identify new opportunities with your existing employer or decide to take a completely different career path, the potential value can be well worth the investment.
- Identify priorities. If you haven’t ever taken the time to literally line up all of the activities in your life and assign a priority to them, then it’s definitely time to chat with a life coach. This thought-provoking activity will provide you incredible sense of peace and direction.
- Achieve financial goals. While you may be initially surprised that a life coach can help you meet your financial goals, it’s really quite logical. Granted, they don’t offer the skills to provide in-depth budgeting advice; however, after these discussions you will be easily able to prioritize the manner in which you spend your money. And really isn’t life all about priorities? For more on this topic, check out, “6 Steps to Become Debt Free.”
- Stretch and grow. While the shear activity of “talking” to a life coach will initially provide more questions than answers, the growth will come! As you begin to activate the plan that you and your coach develop, opportunities to stretch and grow yourself will be plentiful. And while growing may not always be comfortable, it’s always an exhilarating experience. Think of it like this: do you really want to be the exact same person 10 years from now?
- Process life transition. Many people seek out life coaching when they aren’t able to work through major life transitions on their own. Perhaps you’re going through a job loss, divorce or loss of a loved one and are struggling to find purpose or sense of achievement. Qualified coaches help build confidence. Consequently many folks feel a great sense of empowerment (not to mention control) and find it easier to move on to the next endeavor.
You see, while planning vacations is arguably important, it should never be more important than controlling your life and what you accomplish!
How about you…has life coaching helped you?