Is Life Coaching Worth the Hype?

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jumping manLife coaching is over a billion dollar a year industry.  The return on investment (ROI) for corporations that hire life coaches for their employees is 529%! This is astonishing!  Comparatively, the ROI for corporations implementing a wellness program is only 300%. There must be something to this life coaching revolution that is happening around the world.

What is life coaching exactly?  It is a professional partnership between the coach and an individual motivated by the discovery of the client’s life direction and is based on a creative and action-based approach that empowers the client to achieve their maximum potential. This could be in any area of life – professional, personal, spiritual, relational, or in my case, my journey to the freedom lifestyle.

Having a life coach increases personal productivity by 70%.

Life coaching tackles specific personal projects (such as improving one’s health or bringing balance between work and play), business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by observing what is going on right now, discovering what the hindrances or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make life be what the client wants it to be. Life coaches help the client establish their personal goals so he or she will own them. If you don’t own your goals, you will not follow through. The job of coaches is to look at the big picture then break it down into bite-sized pieces, making it appear not so overwhelming.

Time management improves by 57% when using a life coach.

Life coaches are attentive to the future and help the client figure out how to pursue passions and dreams. This usually includes organization of personal goals and measures progress toward objectives.  Life coaches do not provide advice with information or suggestions. Therefore, because the client comes up with their own solutions, they are empowered.

Having a life coach improves self-confidence by 80%.

Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work believing every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve; encourage client self-discovery; elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and hold the client responsible and accountable. This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

When choosing a life coach, it is important to feel comfortable enough with the coach to share thoughts, feelings and beliefs without fear of judgment. Life coaches should listen more than they speak. Not their client’s friend, per se, life coaches are advocates who hold their clients accountable and encourage them to achieve more than they thought possible.

I encourage each of us to seek out a professional and accredited life coach to help us achieve whatever goal we have at hand. Currently, mine is to understand internet marketing to start generating income via the net. Life coaching sessions can be as few as once a month and last only 20-45 minutes. Many coaches offer sessions on Skype, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. How easy is that?

I’ve included links to life coaches whom I have personal connections with. Their clients have had success in many areas in their lives. These coaches offer services via Skype or Google Hangouts and offer different packages depending on the client’s needs. Having a life coach does not need to break the bank.

I look forward to sharing the road with you to The Freedom Lifestyle!


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Statistics from an independent studies done by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives and MatrixGlobal.