By Wanderlust Worker
“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” — Pete Carrol
No matter how you look at it, life is hard. With so much pressure and so many obligations, it’s clear to see why we often feel overwhelmed and anxious. As the weeks, months and years pass, that pressure mounts. It piles on top of us, adding more weight to the shoulders that can’t seem to bear another ounce of it.
Yet, we carry on. We move forward, facing everything that life throws at us. As a result, we suffer. Our personal lives decline, our good habits falter and fail, and we retreat into the comforts and confines of the status quo that we’re so used to. It’s easy to allow life to pass us by when we’re so consumed by meaningless tasks and time-wasters.
That’s the reason why a good life coach is so important. We often get so ingrained and set in our ways that it’s hard to see things from a fresh perspective. It’s difficult to fathom and digest the possibilities that exist out there in the world when we’re so used to operating within what we’ve deemed “safe” for so long.
Two decades ago, when I was kid living on Long Island, I had this piano teacher. My mom sought him out because he was so highly acclaimed. He had taught once-famed musical stars like Billie Joel and Debbie Gibson, how to play the piano. Okay, so you might not know who they are, and no I’m not that old, but back then they were a pretty big deal.
My point? He used to sit there in the room, 10 feet away or so in this old brown leather armchair, and he would just know when I struck the wrong cord. He didn’t even need to sit by me. He was coaching me from across the room, eyes closed, because he was that good. Because of him, I became an amazing piano player. He simply knew how to teach me the right way.
His perspective on chords and how to unlearn bad behavior along with how to institute good habits when playing the piano have stuck with me all these years. As a piano teacher, he was second to none. I can still hear his voice in my mind as I sit down in front of the piano. As my fingers hover above the keys, I hear him speaking.
It sounds a little bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? But that’s what a good coach can bring to the table. And for anyone that’s serious about excelling in this world, a good life coach is instrumental to that. I can think of dozens of reasons why they can quite literally transform the state and quality of both your behavior and your ability to reach your goals, but there are 10 core reasons why I think they’re so important.
What Is A Life Coach?
In sports, we often hear about coaches to the world’s most elite athletes. They sculpt and shape those individuals into who they are. When we’re talking about playing a sport at the highest levels, we often know that there’s a coach embedded in there somewhere. But it’s not just in sports.
In business or in life, we might refer to some of these people as mentors. They help to guide us through some of the most tumultuous times and steer us in the right direction to achieve our goals and our dreams. It’s difficult to see things from a fresh perspective and realize what you’re capable of without them.
But not all of us have access to mentors. Not all of us are proficient in networking or in touch with people playing life at its highest levels. That’s the beauty of having a life coach. You don’t need to know someone who’s rich or famous or who has the proverbial keys to success. All you need to do is to enlist the help of a professional who can help to guide you through things.
So, what is a life coach? It’s not just a mentor. It’s not just a friend. It’s not just a coach in the most basic sense. A life coach is a partner, someone who’s there for you through life’s most difficult and challenging times, able to guide you through and help you to see things differently, refine your approach and achieve your loftiest dreams.
Most of us are so set in our ways, that unless we have an objective third-party actually point things out to us, we often fail to notice the things that are setting us back. It’s a monumental undertaking to do this by yourself. With that being said, here are the 10 reasons why you absolutely must have a life coach if you’re serious about succeeding at whatever it is that you’re aiming for.
#1 — You Have Trouble Following Through With Goals
For most people, achieving goals is hard. It’s not just the art of goal setting that they find difficult, but actually following through. However, a life coach can help you not only define your goals, but also to help you find powerful enough reasons for why you must achieve them in the first place.
Beyond than that? A life coach can offer you a fresh perspective on why you maybe haven’t been able to achieve the big goals you’ve wanted in the past, and just how you can reorganize your life to empower you rather than to continue holding you back. They also act as an accountability partner, there right by your side, step by step, to ensure you see things through.
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