What Does a Life Coach Do Exactly?

What does a life coach do exactly

Ever wondered: “What does a life coach do exactly?” Are you noticing more people talking about the benefits of life coaching but you’re not quite sure what it involves?

Everyone’s journey is unique and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for when you should seek out the help of a life coach. There’s a common misconception that only those who are stuck or underperforming need the help of a coach, but the truth is coaching is an excellent tool to help great people overcome challenges and become even better.

As a life coach who finds genuine joy and purpose in helping people like you achieve the success they’re dreaming about, I’m going to help you understand what it is that coaches do and how they can benefit you.

What does a life coach do exactly

Understanding the Role of a Life Coach

So, what does a life coach do exactly? At its core, life coaching is a collaborative process where a trained professional helps you set and achieve personal and professional goals. Unlike therapists who often delve into past traumas, life coaches focus on the present and future, guiding you toward the life you want to lead.

They are there to help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. The renowned life coach Tony Robbins defines a life coach as someone who “takes the client’s current starting point as an acceptable neutral ground and is more action-based from that point onward.”

One important thing to understand is that a life coach isn’t there to just do things for you or tell you what to do. Instead, life coaches equip you with the tools and strategies you need to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

Whether it’s time management techniques, stress reduction strategies or transforming your habits, the best life coach will tailor their approach to your unique needs. 

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A Life Coach as Your Accountability Partner

Another important role of a life coach is to serve as your accountability partner. You know what it’s like to try and change things on your own – perhaps you’ve intended to get to the gym every morning but somehow the snooze button always seems to win over (it’s okay, we’ve all been there). But if you have a friend to train with as your accountability partner, it’s much harder to let them down.

A life coach is similar when it comes to your goals. It might be easy to set them, but staying committed can be really challenging when you’re doing it alone. A life coach keeps you on track, making sure that you’re always taking consistent steps towards your objectives.

They’re not there to tell you off – they’re there to celebrate your successes with you and to help you navigate setbacks together so you can stay focused and motivated through the ups and downs.

benefits of life coaching

The Coaching Process: A Step-By-Step Journey

If you’re wondering what to expect from a life coaching session, it’s important to note that every life coach will do things slightly differently. Typically though, you’ll start with an initial consultation where you can chat to your coach about your goals and what you hope to achieve.

From there you’ll have regular sessions where each one builds on the previous, so you can keep making steps towards the goals you set together at the beginning.

My own coaching sessions are built on three key pillars that I believe are really essential for success:

  • A holistic approach – My approach to life and business coaching is designed to achieve a balanced harmony between personal well-being and professional success. I’ll help you unlock your potential with guidance that enhances your health and well-being, which will positively impact your work life as well.
  • Full, all-in support – Think of our coaching relationship as a partnership – in other words, you don’t have to worry about facing challenges alone. We’ll meet regularly, and I’ll provide support as needed between sessions, meeting you where you are.
  • An independent focus – My goal is for you to emerge from our sessions with unshakeable confidence and independence. I want you to feel empowered to become the person you’ve always aspired to be. I’m always here to support, not to dictate, helping you succeed on your own terms.

A weekly or fortnightly meeting with a good business coach is your opportunity to stay grounded and on course. It’s your chance to stay in a proactive state, rather than being reactive. It’s always amazing how the process of writing down a clear list of your visions and goals with someone can help.

Reviewing your roles, responsibilities and tasks with a business coach will help you directly connect these with your goals. Meeting regularly can help you review progress and make you accountable to someone who knows what your goals are, then ensure you’re on track throughout.

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The Benefits of Coaching

If you’re going to achieve success, you’ll have to get comfortable with getting uncomfortable. Even with the most ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, stepping out of your comfort zone to do things differently can be terrifying.

But when you start seeing results and unlocking your potential, your confidence will flourish. Those big decisions will feel less daunting and more ascertained. You’ll know, deep down, that you can do this.

A business coach can act as a mirror to help you see yourself and your options in ways you haven’t seen before. At first, of course, this will feel uncomfortable. But you’ll also realise where your skills lie and what you’re capable of.

A good business coach will give you the edge to be the best version of yourself. Every entrepreneur is aware of the risks. More startups fail and close in their first year than survive and go on in to their second. That number might at times have you questioning whether you’ve really got what it takes to succeed when the odds seem stacked against you.

The good news is that in a survey by the International Coach Federation, 80% of respondents reported improved self-confidence and 70% said work performance had increased. When you know you’ve got support from a business coach, you’ll find your confidence growing week by week. With someone to keep you accountable and who knows your vision, you’ll know that the steps you take going forward will bring you closer to achieving that success.

How to Get Started With a Life Coach

If you now feel like you could really do with someone to support you on your business journey and uncover your true potential, the great news is that you’re in the right place.

As a business and life coach who prioritises wellbeing as much as business guidance and support, I can help you uncover the clarity and direction that you’ve been looking for. Together, we’ll drive your growth and create a beautiful balance between your personal and professional life that will bring your ambitions to life with greater ease, profitability and impact.

I have the real life experience – the took-the-leap, trust-your-gut, not-going-back-now experience that makes up the joys and nightmares of the entrepreneurial journey.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that entrepreneurship should never be a lonely road for one. We all need a supporting hand to guide us along the path from time to time.

And that’s what I’m here to do for you as a business coach. To be there for you, totally focused on your success and achievement through whatever may be in your way on this otherwise deserted road and help you make that initial vision that spurred you become a reality.

Maybe a quick call is all you need to get you unstuck. And I’d love to hear from you, to talk through your challenges, goals and what drives you.

Get in touch and let’s talk about what we could achieve together.