If you’re considering working with a life coach for the first time, it can be a little confusing, and downright scary. When I started working with coaching clients in 2017, I quickly learned that life coaching is a pretty misunderstood concept. In this brief article, I hope to clarify my role as a coach, plus list several key benefits for you as an individual.
To be honest, I’ve struggled with calling myself a “life coach” since the beginning. Sleazy marketing and empty or vague promises from some of my peers have added to the confusion around the role and ability of a life coach.
At various times, I’ve called myself a:
Each title listed above is accurate, based on the deep soul work I do with my clients, but how do you condense those concepts into just a word or two? My brand of coaching is focused on your mental, spiritual, and emotional health. I’m not a business coach or a lifestyle coach. I’m not a guru or a shaman.
So maybe you think of me as a:
Each of those concepts works, too. But no matter how you label my coaching practice, it is my personal experience as a former pastor, mental health advocate, and trained life coach, that set me apart as someone who focuses on helping you embrace wholeness in each area of your life.
One common misconception is that working with a coach means there's something wrong with you. This isn’t true at all! While it may not be for everyone, life coaching can be beneficial to most people at challenging points in their lives, or simply for people who are ready to stop following the status quo and want to elevate their life to the next level.
Although it's important to recognize that life coaching is not a miracle cure for every situation, it does make a difference in thousands of lives around the world each day. If you find that you have uncomfortable feelings or "stuck" places in your life, you may very well benefit from this kind of inner work.
Seeing a life coach can be one of the best things you'll ever do for yourself. Most likely, you'll experience less stress and feel more satisfied and content with your life after participating in coaching. If you find yourself struggling emotionally, or simply feeling “stuck” at this phase in your life, I know from experience that life coaching can help.
Check out my coaching page today to schedule a call. Here’s the link.
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Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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