Maybe you have been doing research on, lifestyle coaching and have decided that you would like to hire a coach. For some people, this can be the most challenging part; trying to decide which coach is the best fit. When deciding to partner with a coach, you must first and foremost feel confident in your decision and be committed to the coaching process.
Before I address this any further, if you are considering coaching ask yourself these questions:
-Are You Committed To Yourself?
-Are you committed to the coaching process?
-Can you handle change?
Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way, choosing the right personal coach is the initial commitment to yourself. If you choose a coach that does not serve you and your needs, then you may lose hope in the process or fall into your unwanted past habits. Making sure that you work with a coach that you can trust, that you can also listen to, be open with or truthful about yourself and your situation, and have a connection with, is key to a successful coaching experience.
There are many types of transformational coaches available so it is important for you to make the best decision for yourself.
Where Do I Start?
In our new-aged internet world, it is a common practice for people to search online for their needs. You may use this to your advantage and search for personal coaches in your area, or success coaches located in other cities. Depending on what you want, a lifestyle coach does not have to be in your area. That is what makes transformational coaching so powerful and unique. Coaching can be done over the phone to make it less time consuming without having to commute, it can be done in the comfort of your home, and the best part it is just as effective.
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Once you have found several coaches that interest you, it is imperative that you are able to speak with each of them. Try your best to find more than one so you can compare and contrast to what fits in your schedule, your needs, and your budget. Most coaches offer a Free Initial Consultation, in which you are able to find out what they offer and if they align with your coaching needs.
Now, here is a list of questions for you to ask each of the coaches. This will help you better determine which coach is best for you and what you need:
- What is your coaching process?
- Have you dealt with others that are comparable to situations as mine? If so, what have the results been?
- What Coaching training have you received?
- How long have you been a coach and what is your experience in the coaching field?
- What is your philosophy about achieving success in life and how is coaching beneficial?
- Do you coach full-time or do you have another career outside of coaching? If so, what is it?
- What commitments do you require from clients?
- How much does coaching cost?
- How often do we speak?
- If I would like to work on a specific area of my life that you do not specialize in, do you have any referrals?
These questions are beneficial when making your decision. If you are able to get these answered, then you can compare each of the coaches and see which fits your style. Remember that you should also take note of how you feel while speaking with each coach, and be mindful of the connection you experience. Usually that initial feeling you get, or what many refer to as a “gut feeling” is right on.
The coaching experience has proven time and time again to be effective in creating lasting change for yourself, and living life to the fullest. The outcomes for each client vary because we are all different and we are here to serve different purposes. Not one person is the same, but we do share similarities.
That being said, the end result begins with YOU and you determine how successful coaching can be!