Ok, I’m 60 plus and have lived through raising kids, a divorce, handling money when there wasn’t much, feeling down after moving out of state, buying, and selling real estate – the list goes on! It’s like we’ve lived several lives in this one life.
We have felt defeat, joy, success, and sadness. At this point, can’t we figure out next steps without paying a coach to do it with us? Read on for 5 good reasons it’s worth this investment in yourself.
A life change, anything from menopause to divorce or retirement, can cause feelings of being lost or stuck. Even though we think we are ready for it, entering a new stage in life throws us off base. Questions like, “What’s the next step? Where is my purpose? How can I get through this unrest to peace and fulfillment?” creep in.
Some days can go by in a fog. A life coach can help you get in touch with what you specifically want at this point in life. Working together helps you uncover this new purpose in this new phase of life. A huge plus is the accountability they offer as you take action needed for change. Rather than fog, the view clears, and your next steps to the outcome you want become easy to see.
Don’t we have good intentions though? We want to start a new habit of keeping our closets clean. We’re off to a great start on day one, but on day two we get too busy, and by the end of the month, it’s out of control again.
Perhaps we want new friends, but it’s too much work to figure out how to find them. It could be that sticking to a budget, or paying bills on time, or planning for a vacation get put off, and we don’t feel successful. Whatever the change, a coach can help you uncover what success is to you, and help you stick to a plan to reach it.
One of the extreme benefits of working with a professional coach is that you are not involving friends or relatives in your innermost thoughts, feelings, and worries. Family and friends are wonderful to have, but they are too close to you.
They can’t help but have opinions about you, based on your history, your interaction with them, and their feelings about you. It’s great if you can talk to them about what’s bothering you, but most are not skilled or unbiased to help you move forward.
Some very well-meaning friends or family may lead you in the wrong direction, based on how they feel not how you feel.
Therapy or counseling may help you delve into your past to see where some issues have started. Coaching takes you right where you’re at, and helps you move forward. There is value in each approach.
Many who go for therapy could be helped with coaching. Coaches will let you know if your issues are more than they can take on and will refer you to a therapist or counselor they know and trust.
You may have raised kids, worked at a job, and accomplished amazing things in your life. If you are in a state of confusion, need help finding next steps on your path, or just talking through your situation with someone, that’s what a coach is for.
Coaches don’t work for free, but the amount you invest in yourself through seeking this type of help could be just what you need.
What major life transitions have you been through? Do you often feel you’ve been through several lifetimes? Do you think there is value in talking with a life coach? Have you any experience to share with the community?