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When Should I Hire a Life Coach? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself


So you’ve learned what a life coach does, why you need one, and how to find the right one. But you might still find yourself asking, “should I hire a life coach?” How do you know you’re ready? And how can you mentally prepare yourself to work with a coach? Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before searching for a life coach.

Should I Hire a Life Coach? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself:

1. Am I ready for change?

Working with a certified life coach can transform various aspects of your life. Whether you’re seeking a small change to a specific aspect of your life, or a complete ‘new year, new you’ mentality, you must be ready for change. So the first question to ask yourself is if you’re ready for change and committed to your growth. Success starts with wanting an improved version of yourself more than you enjoy the current comfort of your day-to-day.

2. Am I ready to make a financial and time commitment to what I want?

The best coaches are going to require you to make a commitment to yourself and to doing the work. Part of this commitment is the investment your coach charges for your time together, and the time they spend in the background to provide you with resources and support that will help you reach your goals.

This investment also helps ensure you’re committed to your own growth. When we’re willing to step up and invest in ourselves, we’re more likely to take the endeavor seriously; and in doing so, you’ll get more out of the coaching experience. As they say, ‘you get out what you put in’. so make sure you’re ready to be 100% committed to coaching.

Lastly, there’s your time commitment. Coaching is not just about showing up to sessions with your coach. There’s often “homework” for you to do in between sessions and without that, you won’t grow as quickly…or at all. Which brings us to our next point…

3. Am I willing to play full out?

Coaching is meant, in part, to challenge you. A good coach will encourage your growth both for you to be successful on the given topic but also to make your growth sustainable. In order for this to happen, the easy way out is not always the best approach. So ask yourself, ‘Can I delay gratification until a later date?’, ‘Will I take the steps necessary to reach my desired outcome, even if it’s hard?’.

If your answer to either one of those questions is a “no”, you might consider saving your time and money until you’re ready to fully commit.

4. What do I want to focus on in coaching?

Having an idea of what you want to get out of your coaching experience will help you evaluate your success upon completion of a coaching agreement. For this reason, your coach will likely spend upfront time with you to lay this out so that you’re both aligned on desired outcomes.

If your outcomes are a bit vague right now, that’s okay! Your coach will help uncover this with you. For example, you might have a desire to rediscover your zest for life. A coach might help you identify your passion and how to live that out each day. Or, you might be feeling unfilled and longing for a change of some kind. Your coach will help you discover which area of your life could have the most impact to feeling more fulfilled.

Lastly, Make Sure You Choose The Right Coach For You

Once you decide you’re ready for coaching, search for a few coaches you’d like to work with and get to know them through a free intro call (at BLCC we call this a ‘discovery call’). Finding the right coach-client fit is critical so if you don’t feel the right vibe, it’s okay to choose a different coach.


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