It's your life. No one actually needs a life coach. You are capable of doing personal transformation work on your own. There is more information available out there than there may be people on this planet. Though sifting through it all to find the gems like Live Your Legend, Zen Habits, Dr. Robert Holden, and Hay House Publishing can be about as fun as finding something good to watch on Netflix.

The best coaches will help accelerate your transformation by providing you with a framework to examine your life and make changes in the direction of your dreams. The best coaches have been studying, practicing, and teaching the concepts and techniques. They live and breathe personal transformation. They have weeded through what doesn't work and know what does. With a great life coach, you get access to all that information and experience in a single person.

So, how do you know if it is time to hire a life coach?

Before investing your valuable time selecting the best coach, it is critical for you to ask yourself one simple question. Are you truly ready for change?

The single, most important part of any successful coaching relationship is whether you are ready to change. The best coaches in the world cannot work their magic if you are not ready. You need to be ready to do the work. Don't waste your time, or your money, if you aren't ready for change in your life.

Sometimes people say they want change, yet still run into a myriad of resistance. This is the ego protecting itself. True personal transformation requires you to make decisions with your heart, instead of your ego.

It is natural to run into concerns. Personal transformation can be exciting...and it can also be scary. It is human nature to fear the unknown. The concerns you have can actually be the perfect place to start with exploring a new coaching relationship.

Some common concerns people experience, and questions to consider, are:

  • I don't have time to do the work.--Why is that? Why are you not making yourself your priority? You cannot help others without helping yourself first. Is there something in your day that you could replace with time to focus on you such as TV or social media?
  • I can't justify spending the money. - If I were to give you the amount of money you need for the coaching contract would you spend it on coaching or something else? If your choice is something else, it is worth looking at how you are prioritizing things in your life. Nothing is right or wrong. It is simply information for you to look at your life in more depth.
  • I have to do the work on my own. - So many of us are taught that we need to be independent. We need do the work ourselves for it to matter. This is simply not true. While you might be able to do the work on your own, you can also have help--and expert help at that--in this world.

When you are truly ready to make changes in your life, and want the support to do so, then it is time to find the right coach for you!

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Published on: Jan 28, 2016
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