It is a generally pretty good assumption that most people want to improve their lives. Get back in the gym, lose ten pounds, get back into a hobby you once had – we all have something. Sometimes these desired improvements are a little more existential, broad, and hard to pinpoint – “I feel trapped in life, but I don’t know what else to do…” and so forth.
It would therefore seem pretty natural that some people, especially with big or little existential problems, would want to turn to someone with training and experience to help them. Someone like a life coach. The trouble is that for motivated individuals, navigating the world of professional coaching, or even knowing what you’re looking for in a coach, can be confusing and difficult. People who could honestly benefit from coaching don’t know that they need it, and others who may not be the right candidates for coaching are dead-set on it as the only way to fix some vague, undefined problem within themselves.
At ADR Life Solutions, we understand that coaching is an overwhelming and sometimes poorly illuminated area of the self-improvement world. With that, we’ve provided a few pointers to help you choose a good life coach for your needs:
1) Know Definitively What You Want to Work On
Life coaching sometimes gets a bad rap, as a group of people selling nebulous dreams to other people with nebulous problems. This detracts from the actual good many life coaches do, providing solution-focused techniques to their clients, in terms of changing habits, identifying negative thinking patterns, and a lot more.
Problems can arise when life coaching candidates come into a coaching scenario or relationship with unrealistic expectations. The best advice we can give is to have something concrete in mind when you embark on coaching. This will help you, as the client, figure out what coach or coaching module is right for you. It will also help the coach you choose create a specific and targeted game plan for what you actually need. Things like smoking cessation, developing better interpersonal work skills, or maintaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol through recovery coaching are all good examples or finite, realistic objectives in life coaching.
2) Find Someone Who Speaks Your Language
One of the downsides of the life coaching industry is that it carries with it a ton of jargon and terminology that may sound impressive, but may also leave you scratching your head. Do not commit to a life coach because they just “NLP-ed you.” Some of the less reputable life coaches use this flowery language to look good to prospective clients, rather than to actually coach or instruct.
Communication and rapport are two of the most important aspects of having a successful life-coaching experience. Find someone who you can honestly and effectively communicate with. Part of what makes life coaching an effective alternative to group therapy models is that it’s 1-on-1 and more grounded than theoretical.
3) Accreditations Are Great, but Aren’t Everything
Life coaching, being a much newer movement in self-improvement than psychology or process therapy, does not have the same certification criteria as those more established systems. As a result, there are a lot of non-governmental accrediting bodies out there that provide training and certifications for coaches. Some of these organizations are legitimate and work with other non-profit accrediting bodies in the greater realm of mental health and addiction treatment, and they have years of proven track records. Others, however, are much less legitimate.
The key here is to do your due diligence when looking for a life, recovery, or family coach. Just because an individual has a slew of acronyms behind his or her name, does not necessarily mean they are a great coach, or more importantly, right for you. A coach may have a certification in addiction coaching, for example, but may lack either the personal experience or years of work in the field to make them truly effective in coaching substance abuse recovery. Every coaching track requires a different approach, and that knowledge doesn’t always come from a classroom.
The process of finding the right coach can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. At ADR Life Solutions, we are here to answer any questions you may have, and we want to make sure you are armed with the proper facts. Give us a call today, or fill out our contact form here, and someone will contact you to help. ADR Life Solutions offers both in-person coaching throughout the Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Deerfield Beach area, as well as long-distance services throughout the United States.
ADR is a goal-oriented, personalized Life Solutions program offering one-on-one Neuro-Linguistic life and recovery coaching to its clients. ADR respects our clients' privacy, and adheres to the strictest ethical standards, therefore all communications are 100% confidential.