what does a life coach do

What Does a Life Coach Do?

Fern Gorin Life Coach Career 2 Comments

A new year is just around the corner. For many people, this is a time of self-reflection. They look at their goals and accomplishments, obstacles and setbacks, highs and lows to evaluate where they can grow in the year to come. Whether you “believe” in new year resolutions or not, it’s natural to use the start of a new year as a jumping off point for making the changes you want. 

In the last year, did you achieve your goals? Did you learn and grow? Did you do the things that make you happy? Did you give back to others? Did you give back to yourself? Are you doing the work you love? 

Was the answer to the last question a resounding yes? If not, make this year the one where you take big action toward falling in love with your work. 

What Does a Life Coach Do? 

If you are considering a career change, have you thought about becoming a certified life coach? The field is growing as more and more people see how coaching can help them make positive changes in their lives. Not only does the field offer ample opportunities for personal fulfillment, there is plenty of potential for creating a lucrative practice that can help coaches meet their financial goals. 

To answer the question, life coaches help their clients create a vision for their lives and a plan to achieve that vision. They work with all kinds of people to make changes in their physical, emotional and spiritual lives. The work can create big transformations in relationships, careers, health, money and everything in between. 

Life coaches are specially trained to help people identify their true strengths and overcome the emotional blocks and obstacles that stand in their way. Sometimes, the responsibilities of our lives get in the way of us taking proper care of ourselves. Coaches partner with their clients to provide the support and accountability they need to make the changes they want. 

Life coaches use their training, intuition and observations of a client to ask the right questions that get to the root of the issues that a client faces. Often that means identifying negative beliefs and old patterns that hold a person back, and challenging those beliefs and patterns to open up a world of new possibilities. 

A life coach can help clients to:

  • Find their purpose
  • Identify their goals 
  • Create a vision for their future
  • Develop a plan for achieving goals 
  • Pinpoint limiting beliefs and patterns that hold them back
  • Achieve more financial freedom
  • Communicate more effectively in their relationships 
  • Find work/life balance
  • Organize their priorities 
  • Create stronger relationships 
  • Maintain healthy habits 
  • Navigate a life transition such as a divorce, loss of a job or a family member
  • Start a new business or creative venture
  • Understand their values and passions 

How to Start a Life Coaching Career

Does life coaching sound like a potential career match for you? If so, you are in the right place. We understand that getting started in coaching can seem daunting, so we have created a few resources to help you get your career started. Follow these three steps to launch a successful and fulfilling life coaching business. 

Research the field. 

Like any new endeavor, a little research is necessary to determine if it’s the right match for you. There are plenty of resources online, but we recommend starting with these two articles to help you understand what it takes to become a life coach and how much you can expect to earn. 

How to Become a Life Coach

Life Coach Salary 

Find a certification program. 

The next step is to find a life coaching school that is the right fit for you. There are many options out there. But keep in mind, not all training programs are created equal. Be sure to do your research to find a program that is accredited and has a reputation for offering quality instructors and a comprehensive curriculum. A good life coach training program will not only give you the tools to powerfully coach clients. It will also provide you with a plan for launching and growing your business. 

Choose a niche. 

In a growing field like life coaching, there are more and more options for clients to choose from. That is why many coaches choose to specialize in a particular area, such as relationships, money, business or health. Deciding on a niche can help new coaches make a name for themselves as an expert, build trust and make use of the skills, experiences and knowledge they already possess.  

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a life coach?

After doing your own research, contact the enrollment specialists at Life Purpose Institute for an introduction to our offerings and to see if our programs are the right match for you. 

Sign up for a FREE INTRO CLASS to learn more about the field of coaching!