You’re going through some rough paths, and you have decided a life coach might be the right solution for you to overcome the roadblocks and achieve your goals.
Congratulations! You just took the first step in helping yourself. Now all the other pieces will fall into place easily. But first, you have to choose the right life coach for you.
You open Google or Bing or whatever search engine you use, and you type in the questions. And all of a sudden, you have tens of thousands of potential life coaches. So now, how do you choose the right life coach for you?
For me, this seems to be an easy decision, so I want to help you find out who is the right life coach for you to work with.
When asking yourself which life coach to choose, please try to answer the following question first: what do I want to achieve by working for a few months with a life coach? Based on your answer, you can narrow down the search to a niche. For instance, if you want to switch gears in your professional life, a career life coach is the right fit for you. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger and build self-confidence, your right coach might be a women’s empowerment life coach. (I’ll write an article about life coaching niches, so you can find what is the niche that you’re looking for)
Of course, reducing your search to a niche only solves half of the enigma. Now, let’s move forward and solve the rest of it. :)
You pointed out or verbalized for yourself the challenge you want to overcome and chose the right life coaching niche. And still, there are hundreds of life coaches for you. Before finding out who is your lucky one, think about your values. What is really important to you? What is your life story? Did you go through a lot in your lifetime? If your life hasn’t been all butterflies and pink unicorns, you definitely need a life coach whose life hasn’t been a dance in the rain on a sunny day. Now you can try to look out for the “story behind the scenes” about the life coaches you added to your shortlist. For it’s the hard times that build strong people, it’s the life experience that makes a great life coach.
For instance, if you’ve dealt with anxiety all your life, if your life coach has dealt with his own anxiety, they can relate better and guide you more effectively. Not to mention how important it is for someone dealing with a life-threatening disease to work with a coach who has taken the same road.
You can imagine that a person who has been through a lot has learned the hard way how to be empathetic, how to support, and guide. Sometimes, even more than a life coach with all the walls full of diplomas, but with an easy life path. Of course, certifications and credentials are important, but they can only enhance a lifetime experience or someone’s battles.
So, when choosing the right life coach, try to choose with your heart and choose the life story that matches yours, for you can’t be wrong when picking a guide that has walked in your shoes before and can help you see the light at the end of your tunnel.