We live in an exciting time. Everything and anything seems possible. We have in front of us more opportunity than we know what to do with, and yet, so many of the earth’s population is stagnant and feeling overwhelmed with choice. “If I can do anything, where do I start?” is a common question people young and old seem to ask.
With so much choice, many people find themselves crippled with decision anxiety and losing sleep over the constant worrying about whether or not they made the right decision for their future.
If this resonates with you and you’ve been thinking about ways you can help the human race, consider becoming a life coach. Now, more than ever, people need help to figure out what they want, despite having all they could ever want right in front of them. Here are four reasons why you should become a life coach this year.
It will help you get your life together too
A lot of people think you need to have your act together in order to coach someone, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The truth, as it were, is that a lot of life coaches come to the industry because they are also looking for something that brings them to life and makes their life worth living. It just so happens, for many of those people, that the thing that brings them to life is helping other people sort their lives out.
What a concept!
Through coaching your clients, you’ll also see yourself and how you are showing up in the world. If you ever said to yourself that you want a job that gives you as much as you give it, life coaching is for you.
It will help you see the other side of people
Even the most confident sports star, celebrity, business owner, or mom-who-does-it-all has fears and worries about the future. While we live in a perfect Instagram world, the reality is that many people are projecting the life they wish they had. Celebrity suicide is at an all-time high: money doesn’t buy happiness, despite how many times we say it does. People are walking away from things that would make us jump for joy because it’s not helping them to feel more alive.
Coaching helps you see that people – no matter how successful and rich – are still just people. It humbles you to realize how much we really are all alike.
It helps you to understand why people are the way they are
If you become a coach for no other reason than to get to know the human mind, then do it. Whether you are working with someone who is trying to kick a habit, clean up their apartment, lose weight, get a better job, pick up the ice catcher bong off the floor, or leave their spouse, life coaching helps you to see what people really think about and how the brain really works.
While it’s not therapy, and it should never be a replacement for therapy, coaching can help people get to where they want to go. Therapy is about the past. Coaching is about looking to the future. You get to understand the way people see themselves and how they show up in the world and that is a real treat. Not many people look beyond themselves and a coach gets invited into someone’s life to help them figure out where they are going and who they want to be when they get there.
People need your help
Besides all of the benefits you get from being a life coach, your clients benefit greatly. It’s eye-opening for many people when they see how they have been holding themselves back. Providing people with an opportunity to look in the mirror without shame or guilt and to learn from it is a transformational experience that only a few people are privy to witness and actually be a part of.
Your clients will offer you the chance to help them and they’ll dig into their lives in ways you can’t imagine. You’ll change lives and they’ll thank you for it. Life coaches give a gift to the people they help: in many ways, they give them everything they need to make better choices, stretch and grow, and become the people they want to be.