Life coaching is not a regulated occupation. That means that anyone can just hang a board on their door and call themselves a life coach. As a result, there are a lot of misconceptions about life coaching.
Today, I want to help you cut through the confusion out there and bust these 5 misconceptions:
Life coaches have all the answers
Many people think that hiring the services of a life coach will help them move on and grow because the life coach will give them all the answers they need.
It's not a life coach's job to give you the answers. A GOOD life coach will give you guidance by asking you the right questions that will trigger you to seek the answers within yourself.
As a spiritual life coach, I can give you support, motivate you, and walk with you. But I can't give you the answers you seek. I can however help you find the way that works for you so you can find the answers yourself.
Anyone can be a life coach
Yes and no.
Yes, anyone can enroll in a course and receive a life coaching diploma or certificate. You will learn to ask questions, you will learn how to give assignments and exercises, damm... you might even learn how to listen better.
However, being a life coach is much more than just asking the right questions! Life coaching is much more than just reading some books and following some assignments.
You need to be able to feel empathy, love, and warmth towards another human. You need to be able to stand strong, be honest but kind and feel connected to your clients.
These things, you can't learn at any school. You have it in you or you don't.
Coaching is expensive / a waste of money
This misconception is divided into two parts. Life coaching is an investment in yourself. True, some life coaches are asking for crazy prices and I believe they are disconnected from the reason they became life coaches.
However, most life coaches are asking for reasonable rates and it depends on how much are you willing to invest in yourself.
On the other hand, if you believe paying for a life coach is a waste of time, just walk away. You are definitely not ready to connect with yourself and receive guidance. And that's ok. All will come in divine time and if it is meant for you.
If you feel you can do it all on your own, it's perfectly fine and you should keep doing it.
Coaching is only for people who have problems
Let’s think for a moment: in sports, everyone has a coach, whether we are talking about football, basketball, tennis, or aerobics.
Those sporters are probably really good in what they do, but they have a coach that helps them bring the best in them to the field.
The same goes for a life coach. Your coach can help you remove any mental obstacle that prevents you from moving on or growing further and is there to motivate you and give you support.
Successful people don't need coaches
Let me share a secret with you. Life coaches have their own coaches that are guiding them and helping them. We all have blind spots, which means we all need someone from the outside to help us from time to time to see what we are missing.
A while ago, I worked with Karin Boekhoudt from Inmens. She was my coach during my study and helped me connect deeper with myself, heal old wounds, and inspired me to become even a better coach.
Over to you
I hope this post has given you some insight into the truth about life coaching. If you are ready to reclaim your birthright and take the next step towards a life of freedom, why not book a Soul Reflection Session?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Limor Smits is a Spiritual Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Workshops Facilitator.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Lounge - Center For Personal Development & Growth and is empowering women all over the world.