The Top 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Life Coaching

“Life coaching is a waste of time”, you say? Whilst many people may have this opinion, it is often an uninformed one – life coaching has been proven time and time again to be an effective method of support and guidance, for those who want to succeed and grow.

Below are the top 5 most common misconceptions when it comes to life coaching:

1. It’s for people who have problems
Whilst, if you do have problems, life coaches can provide you with a sanctuary to try and tackle your issues, this doesn’t mean that it is an essential criteria for clientele. Life coaches offer you a service to enhance the way you live, helping you to see things from different perspectives. Problems or no problems, a life coach is whatever you want them to be; whether you have anger issues, a strained relationship or if you simply want to talk through your aspirations and how to get there – versatility is the beauty of life coaching.

2. It’s overpriced
This is highly conditional – it depends on your budget, the amount and length of your sessions, and who you select to be your coach. It’s always best to do your research before committing. Find out what the costs include so you can make an informed decision when it comes to selecting your life coach and preferences – this way, you won’t get any nasty surprises down the line. Some life coaches will even offer you package deals if you want to pay in bulk for more sessions, reducing the overall price tag.

3. It’s counselling
There is a distinct difference between counselling and coaching. Life coaches are there to motivate and build you up, whereas counsellors focus on human behaviours and the science behind why people act in certain ways, swaying more towards problem solving. Counsellors are often recommended as an outlet for those who want to recover from trauma. Counsellors ordinarily delve into the past of their clients, whilst life coaches focus more on the future, encouraging their clients to achieve their goals.

4. People can only help themselves, they don’t need support from a stranger
Whilst, to an extent, people do need to help themselves, a life coach is there to take some of the pressure off you. Your life coach can open your mind to new ways of seeing things, through a variety of methods catered to each individual. They can help you to envisage yourself where you want to be, with expert advice on how to get there.

5. A life coach can solve everything
At the end of the day, life coaches aren’t magicians – whilst they are qualified and experienced in supporting people, there is no one-fix solution for everybody. Whilst it is good to approach things with an optimistic mindset, you can’t expect your life coach to give you the world. You must be realistic. Good things take time: you need to show commitment, patience and determination for your sessions to have a positive impact on your life.

Overall, there are extremely conflicting opinions about life coaching, but, if you haven’t actually tried it for yourself, then it is hard to know what to believe. There are many incorrect assumptions made, and these are frequently negative, without factual evidence. No two life coaches are the same – some will work for you and some won’t, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

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