Stop! If you’re thinking about hiring a Life Coach, take a quick pause and ask yourself a few questions first. Yes, Life Coaching can help you launch your life to the next level both professionally and personally, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. So before you pick up that phone, check out these reasons not to hire a Life Coach.
You’re comfortable in your “stuckness”.
If you’re not interested in seeing past your limitations and want to stay in the uncomfortable labels you have adopted for yourself; being poor, not worthy, stuck in a rut, shy, anxious, etc. then a coach is definitely not for you.
You’re not willing to change.
The mere act of hiring a coach will not solve your problems. You need to be committed to making changes. For example, just reading a book about cooking, will not automatically result in you becoming that amazing chef unless make certain adjustments of how you do things. You have to want to do things differently to make it happen.
You don’t want to take action.
If you are frustrated and want to get to somewhere you are not, showing up to a coaching session every week just to talk about your problems will absolutely get you nowhere, fast! In between coaching sessions, you have be willing to do the work and take action. The more action you engage in, the greater your results!
You’re under the impression a coach is a therapist.
Generally, therapists are more “process” oriented. In therapy, you talk at length about your problems, explore your feelings, and why you might be acting the way you do. Coaching, by comparison is much more success driven. The idea is to get a clear understanding of your current situation, define your vision and in the shortest amount of time bridge the gap to get concrete and measurable results. The coach’s goal is to help you free yourself from limiting beliefs, create new beliefs that are in alignment with your vision and goals, define new strategies, take immediate action and produce life lasting results.
You are looking for someone else to “fix” you.
Most good life coaches will absolutely not tell you how to ‘fix’ your life. They won’t tell you what course you should enroll in, what job you should get, whether you should get a divorce, or what your life purpose is. Instead, your life coach will ask you powerful questions that will get you to think differently, be open to new ideas, and trigger moments of clarity and insight. Until you’re ready to dive deep into the land of self-awareness-the good, bad and the ugly, then coaching may not be for you.
Coaching is not for everyone and especially not for the faint of heart. A Life Coach will push you outside your comfort zone, past your limiting beliefs and emotions and help you to get moving again. If you enter into a coaching relationship with your eyes wide open, it will be a fantastic journey. With the support of a good life coach, you will be the hero of your own story and discover the power that is already inside of you.