Updated: Mar 15
What do you think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Agassi, and Leonardo DiCaprio have in common? Of course, intelligence, creativity, and success are all the right answers. But there is one more factor, a secret most people are not aware of.
Each one of them has a coach. Not someone who teaches them how to code, play, sing, or act, but a trusted guide and confidant who helps them make the toughest decisions in their lives by adding a dimension of clarity.
Think about it. The most successful people in the world have climbed the peak and stayed there. How? By having someone they trust in their corner. A person they turn to and seek answers from when they find themselves at a crossroads or lose faith in themselves – something we all do at some point in our lives.
Even Hanuman did not believe in his own strengths and abilities. He had to be reminded of them by an outsider. You must have heard the story of how he didn’t think he could make the leap to Lanka. He doubted himself to the extent that Jambhavan, the king of bears, decided to step in and invoke the self-confidence in Hanuman that even his friends could not.
So, if you ever find yourself wondering, “Do I need a life coach?”, you’re not alone. In fact, you are in good company. There are a lot of situations in which you should seek the help of a coach. Let’s talk about some of the most common ones.
1. When You Feel Lost
Most of us know what it feels like to be lost, in more than just a geographical sense. We drift through the days not really knowing where we want to go, which takes a toll on our self-worth. We feel like we’re meant to do more, or do something different, but are unable to find the answers to what that is or how to get there.
At this difficult juncture, sharing your problems with a life coach will help you clarify your values, so you can channel them in the right direction, set meaningful goals for yourself, and create an actionable plan.
2. When You Just Can’t Decide
As soon as we grow up, we need to start taking so many decisions on a daily basis. Some are small and easy, like what to eat for dinner, which shampoo to use, what to wear to work, and so on. But some are big and difficult, such as which degree to pursue in college, how to switch careers at 40, or whether or not to break up with someone.
When you have the decision to make and your mind feels too cluttered, a life coach can offer you clarity on your goals, examine your current situation, and create strategies that make it easier for you to sail through any decision.
3. When You Can’t Let Go
There is a part of you that is unwilling to leave the past where it belongs; that is frozen and refuses to move forward, no matter how hard you try. Because of this, your future seems uncertain.
Whether you are intimidated by past failures or are holding on to painful memories that keep you from exploring new possibilities, talking to a coach can help you rediscover your inner strength, overcome counterproductive patterns, and break free from the shackles of the past.
4. When There’s Too Little Time
The list of things to do just keeps piling up, and yet, you can’t find it in you to check off any boxes. Life would be so much easier if you could stay on track and get rid of the habit of procrastination, or if you could just say ‘no’ to some responsibilities.
A life coach can help you break these harmful patterns and teach you valuable time management skills, like chunking and creating time targets. They can show you that you don’t need more resources to get what you want, you just need to maximize your resourcefulness.
So, do you want to get better at making decisions? Do you want to free yourself of a habit that delays your success? Or maybe you want to let go of the past and transition smoothly into the future.
A life coach can help you align your actions with your personal goals and vision and guide you down the path of continuous improvement, no matter what field you are in or what aspect of your life needs to be improved.