My friend Tom sent me an infographic on life coaching. We got talking and of course had several good laughs over the various interpretations the phrase life coaching triggers.
When asked if I would share the infographic with my readers, I asked Tom if he would write a short introduction – requesting him to keep it light, and of course he agreed.
I absolutely loved what he came up with – and I am so happy to share it with you here. I think you’ll enjoy it!
To me, life coaching helps you do this:
Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that simply looks good from the outside
…which, you’ll agree, is quite in sync with living mindfully!
Over to you, Tom! And thank you very much!
Have you heard of life coaching before?
The idea of life coaching can sound absurd, fun, weird, empowering, and mysterious — all at the same time!
Why would you need a coach for your life?
For you, the idea of a “coach” might conjure up an image of an angry basketball coach screaming at their players from the sidelines, red-faced and sweating! Oh my, I hope your life coach isn’t anything like that!
So what is a life coach really?
A life coach is a professional who helps you reach your goals and change your life. Great — but what I really need is someone to help me take out the trash and re-organize my closet! Well, thankfully coaching is just as down-to-earth and practical as that, while also being more than just plain-old “realistic”. Perhaps you’re dying to follow your passion. Maybe you know you can be happier, but you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to access your inner happiness. You might just want to be more confident, or find your true path and purpose in life.
A life coach does all of these things.
But what sort of black magic would a life coach use to help me really change my life?
After all, why would I need a coach for my life when I’m already the one who is self-directing it.
A life coach has completed rigorous training and preparation in order to be qualified to show you their bag of tricks for reaching your goals and finding yourself. Their resources are much more than just that pile of dusty self-help books sitting on your bookshelf right now. A life coach’s resources include: training, education, experience, tools, mindful awareness, power questions, EFT, NLP, and more.
Your life coach helps you uncover what is keeping you stuck so that you can remove the mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back. Your coach is a strategist, a possibility-maker, a catalyst, someone who gets you out of your comfort zone, an inspiration, an accountability partner, your biggest supporter.
Well, it all sounds well and good, doesn’t it? But this is too-good-to-be-true!
It seems too far-fetched that some person — who knows nothing about my life — is going to just waltz into my life and start helping me reach my goals. But that is exactly what they will do! After they get to know you of course.
Fortunately, the true effectiveness of coaching has been well-documented. It’s not all fairy tales and mythology.
Life Coach Spotter recently released this infographic that highlights the most reliable data on the effectiveness of coaching. They drew on data from a deep and thorough study from the most reputable coaching organization in the world — the ICF. They even used their own in-house coaching data to uncover why people are seeking a coach.
So what are the results?
See for yourself.
Go ahead and take a look at this colorful, yet data-driven infographic.
Tom Casano is the founder of Life Coach Spotter where you can change your life and be more confident. Learn more about how to move your life forward when you’re feeling stuck.
Pretty good case for mindful living, I’d say!