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5 Essential Questions You Must Answer to Yourself Before Hiring a Life Coach

People seek life coaches to accelerate their growth or get unstuck. If you’re convinced that you need a life coach, it pays to know that life coaching that produces results require more than just attending daily or weekly sessions.

To gauge if life coaching is exactly what you need, ask yourself the following key questions first:

  1. What issue do I need help and guidance with?

Be wary of those coaches who claim they can help you with everything—from managing your small business to dealing with your divorce effectively. If you want to find the best person who can help you, you need to be clear about the issues you need help with and the objectives you would like to achieve.

What is it that you would like to improve? What is it that you would want to move forward with? Are you looking to improve your health? Do you want to feel more confident or motivated? Do you want to enhance your leadership skills?

  1. Can I commit to the process?

Working with a life coach can entail effort, time, and commitment. If you want to achieve the results you desire, you have to ask yourself first if you are willing to do what it requires. You can’t expect life-changing results if you only exert half-hearted efforts.

In addition, you need to keep in mind that a single coaching session will not suffice. To create lasting change, you might need to work with your life coach for at least 3 months to a year.

  1. Do I have a mental health issue?

Life coaching should never be a substitute for mental health counselling. If you have been diagnosed with a mental health issue, a life coach is not your best recourse. You should consider it ideal working with a mental health provider like a psychologist, psychiatrist, or a trained mental health professional. They are in the best position to help you with diagnosis, counselling, and treatment.

  1. Am I ready to do the work?

While your life coach can effortlessly and expertly guide you, they won’t be able to do the work for you. If you want to achieve your goals, you have to put in the work. Even if your life coach will do a magnificent job of guiding, mentoring, and supporting you, nothing will happen if you will not act.

Your life coach can also be your brainstorming partner and sounding board. They can help you assess where you are and help you strategize so you will get where you want to be. However, if you don’t put in the work required, you will not get anywhere even with expert help and guidance.

  1. Is the coach an authority or expert in their field?

If you want to know if the life coach you are considering is the right fit, don’t think twice about asking questions. Start by politely asking what makes them an authority or expert in their field. From there you will know if they have additional skills and knowledge from previous education or careers.

For example, many executive coaches have a degree in business or have held corporate leadership positions. A true expert or authority has a wealth of personal experience or educational background related to the area they are coaching.