Who You Gonna Call?

If you are having trouble with a ghost, you’re probably going to call the Ghostbusters, right? If you’re having trouble with a ghost, you won’t get much help from an auto mechanic, or a gardener. If you are stuck, you’re going to call someone knowledgeable enough to get you unstuck, someone with some expertise in the matter.

A few folks still resort to the good, old, Yellow Pages when they need assistance with something, ghosts or gardens. Most of us now just Google it. Whichever way we are accustomed to finding help, we are provided with a list of nearby resources that have some expertise in the area we are troubled with. Piece of cake (call a bakery). We may call a few names off the list, or check out their website or acquaint ourselves with them in some manner. Ultimately, if we really need help, we are going to choose someone with a certain amount of expertise in the area to help us.

Who are you going to call when you really aren’t sure what the trouble is? Maybe life is good, but you’re feeling a little lost, like you’re not on track, or like you have no direction or focus, no goals, or maybe you have goals but don’t feel like you’ve made any progress towards them. The Ghostbusters aren’t going to be much help, and, again, neither are an auto mechanic or a gardener.

Many of us turn to family and friends when we need some consultation on direction, motivation and our lack of progress towards our goals. Usually, our friends and family are more than happy to provide advice, and sometimes we are even inclined to follow their advice. It is comforting to have someone familiar, someone we trust, advising us in such matters. But, when you think about it, what are the people closest to us really experts in? Ghostbusting? Automotive mechanics? Gardening? Or perhaps law, accounting, medicine, cooking, raising children, or raising hogs? While we trust them, their advice in matters of motivation, progress towards our goals, or even in establishing our goals, may not be the best. For us. Our loved ones are likely to tell us what worked for them, or what didn’t really work for them. Of course, they only have good intentions, they just aren’t experts in the area.

Who you gonna call?

There are experts! Well trained and highly experienced experts in the area of helping people identify their goals, their dreams and their desires in life. These experts can also help you plan the best way, for you, to make progress towards those goals, to stay motivated and accountable. Life coaches provide the expertise that well-meaning family and friends likely lack. A life coach may make the difference between you fulfilling your goals and dreams and you leaving for the afterworld with unfinished business!

Life coaching is a client driven process. Your coach will listen attentively and compassionately as you discuss your goals, your desires, your dreams. Your coach will help you plan a reasonable and workable method and timeline for accomplishing your goals, and, best of all, based on your needs and desires, your coach will help keep you accountable and on track.

Don’t remain stuck living a life you know can be more. Don’t get caught dead having not fulfilled your most meaningful goals and dreams. If you’re stuck in life, get unstuck, before it’s too late! Who you gonna call about life? A life coach!

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Life Coaching Really?

Why would anyone need a life coach? We’ve all been alive for some period of time, living, having a life, and we’ve done it all by ourselves. What would compel someone to want a coach to help them do what is done automatically just by getting out of bed every morning, making it, however successfully, through another day, and retiring again at night?

Firstly, have you really been doing it, life, all by yourself, up to this point? No, not really. In the beginning, there were your parents or other caregivers, perhaps daycare providers or preschool teachers or other family members who helped “coach” you safely through the early years. As you reached school age a procession of teachers stepped in and other school magnates assisted your parents in coaching you to adulthood.

Many of us, at one time or another, actually had people referred to, technically, as coaches, in school or club sports opportunities, and their role was to assist us and guide us and encourage us to perform to the best of our ability, at a certain sport or game.

Once in adulthood, for some, college provided some coaching, for others vocational training, the military, or employment experiences provided us with a form of coaching, the leadership and guidance necessary to hold a job in a certain field or industry.

And while teachers and employers aren’t technically life coaches, they do provide, to some degree, some of the benefits that a life coach does; assistance in setting goals, the encouragement to work successfully towards those goals, and they requested from you a  certain accountability in making measurable progress towards those goals. This was evident in your progress from one grade to the next, in winning that Little League game, that volleyball tournament, or in being awarded that college sports scholarship.

As an adult, we still often look to coaches to help us learn or progress in sports, leisure pastimes, and athletic pursuits. Who has ever had a personal trainer show them the ropes on the gym equipment after signing up for a membership? A yoga instructor who made sure your knees weren’t too far over your toes in a warrior pose? A golf lesson?

I saw in the newspaper the other day, a woman designed a yoga mat with the foot positions to the most popular poses “printed” on it. At first it may seem a great idea, but when I think of the number of times, in a single yoga session, that the instructor adjusts or corrects some part of my pose, for my benefit, or even for my safety, I have to wonder about the wisdom of a do-it-by-numbers approach. Even the home yoga instruction videos provide some verbal cueing to the proper position and execution of the poses to avoid injury and the get the utmost benefit from the practice.

So, here you are. Are you making it through life with a do-it-by-numbers guide? Sure, lots can be gleaned from books, blogs, magazines, YouTube, but are you getting the personal guidance, the encouragement you really need to identify and work towards your goals? Is there someone there to help hold you accountable for what you’ve started? Or can you just roll up that do-it-by-numbers yoga mat and shove it in the closet when you get a little lost, confused or discouraged?

I ran my very first marathon last winter, as an adult, as a “seasoned” adult. This is not something I did completely on my own. In an effort to follow through with my oft questioned, somewhat crazy goal, and in an effort to avoid injury, I joined a running club, with dozens of coaches. I ran with my running club for two years, learning the right way to run, the proper form, nutrition before, during and after running, warm up and cool down stretching routines. The club follows a time-tested training program, progressing in both speed and distance as prescribed by the coaches. I adhered to the advice of the coaches along the way, on each and every run, on my individual work outs and in my race. I now enjoy running, totally, where just a few short years ago, had you asked me, I’d have said, simply, and with a bit of a scoff, “I don’t run.”

That’s where a life coach may make all the difference in the world. A life coach can help you get from buying your first yoga mat to striking a perfect warrior pose, but in life. A life coach may get you from lacing up your first pair of running shoes to completing a 26.2-mile race, but in life. What are your goals? How much progress have you made toward them this week? This month? This year? This decade? Would a coach help? Yoga, running, or life, you bet.