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Stuck in a Reinvention Rut? Coaching Could Be Your Best Next Step

Check out these 7 ways that a life coach could help you reach your goals.

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by Janice Holly Booth

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You’re a bootstraps kind of person—whatever needs doing, you get it done. Up until this point in your life, you could make things happen by putting your mind to the task and some muscle behind it. But suddenly, your forward momentum has slowed to a crawl or even a standstill. You still have plenty more you want to accomplish, but you can’t move the dial the way you’d like.

This is the perfect time to consider hiring some help. If you’re ready, willing and open, a life coach can get you unstuck. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience as a career and life coach, I’ve compiled a list of 7 signs that signal finding a life coach is right for you.  Here are 7 ways you’ll know that finding a life coach is right for you.

1. You know you want more out of life, but you don’t know what that means. Finding a life coach can help you uncover those yet-unreached goals and aspirations, and articulate what happiness and fulfillment mean to you.

2. You know what you want but you don’t know how to get there. Finding a life coach can help you clarify your desires so you’re able to clear the path. Together, you’ll create meaningful action steps to move closer to your goal(s).

3. You feel like you live inside a whirlwind. Steven Covey famously said, “Never put the things that matter least ahead of the things that matter most.” A good life coach will help you separate the wheat from the chaff in your life so you can prioritize and spend more time on those aspects of your life that hold the most meaning.

4. You want to achieve life balance. Join the club! Balancing work, home, health, hobbies and relationships can feel overwhelming. A life coach can help you find creative solutions tailored to your unique situation.

5. You want to start giving back to your community, but there are so many options! A life coach can help you decide where to spend your time, talent and treasure based on your core values and beliefs.

6. You read self-help books and get excited about change but can’t seem to make it happen. Good news. The enthusiasm is there, you’re just not sure how to apply these ideas in a way that can bring about a transformation. Finding a life coach can help.

7. You’re ready to invest in you. The first part of your lifetime is spent gaining knowledge, making your way in the world and building a career; the second phase is more philosophical—figuring out what matters to you and why? What will make the second half of your life more joyful and resonant? You’ve spent thousands of dollars in your lifetime on necessities and niceties—your cars, your home, education, health, vacations, clothes. Now it’s time to invest in your most valuable asset: yourself. Hiring a life coach to help you navigate the road ahead is money and time you’ll never regret spending.

Life coaches aren’t designed to make changes, fix what’s broken, or give advice. Instead, they lead you to a place where you can do all those things and more. You’ll own your achievements (and failures too, if that’s what it takes), but you’ve got to be ready to do the work. You’ve got to be open to new ideas and approaches, which is the beauty of bringing in a set of outside eyes and ears. If you’re committed to change, and ready to bring your full attention to the process, then finding a coach might be the best investment you can make in crafting your best future.