Do I/you/we need a ‘Life Coach’?

Life coaching is a one-on-one, collaborative process in which a trained professional (the coach) helps you – the client, achieve your personal life goals. These goals may include just about anything: more self confidence, weight loss, career change, better relationships, and many more. 

People will come out with absolutely anything.. as long as it is marketed well and comes at a hefty price – people will flip for it! [The Indian logic – if its cheap it ain’t worth it]

Aren’t things like self confidence, weight loss & relationships something that we can manage on our own? Who needs someone else telling us what to do, how to do, why to do and in what way to do simple things in life?

We live in a world today where – if there is no one to guide you – you can almost be sure that you are a lost wandering soul – the clueless chicken running around in the field

Enter :-

A Life Coach!
..and what is a Life Coach supposed to do?

Their job is apparently to encourage & counsel their clients on a range of professional and personal issues.
Professional I can understand but Personal..? Why does one need a so-called ‘Life Coach’ to help with personal issues?

– Aren’t people capable enough to handling and solving their own issues? 
– Aren’t we the same kind of people that lived 40/50 years ago… no one then needed coaches for life problems!

Sports – Yes! There is technicality with the idea of getting things right – the small things make a big difference. On the other hand, I really can’t see the actual role of a Life coach in shaping one’s life or personality.

I just cannot begin to understand what and how are these new so called professions keep mushrooming..out of no-where!

..and just out of curiosity, A Life Coach or any coach for that matter is supposed to be the master of his skill – in order to impart it to someone else. So where/who does HE learn the skill from?

  • Life?
  • His own life’s personal experiences?
  • A Man who has experienced life to its fullest?

Are there then fixed formulas to Life?
If there are no sure-shot formulas to lead a better life – what good then are Life coaches for?

If there is someone who knows any such Life Coach or has been trained by one – please throw some light on this whole concept to me!

I read on Google when I typed the question ‘why do people need a life coach’ and it comes back with answers like

People want more
                                        People want to grow
                                                                               People want it easier

Weren’t people like this before too.. ambitious, achieving etc..? Or have things gotten more difficult now!? It is after all.. a highly competitive world we live in…and living is a BIG DEAL!

5 Replies to “Do I/you/we need a ‘Life Coach’?”

  1. Life coach could be anybody and anything. One of my biggest life coaches is Harry Potter books. Why you ask?? The books have had an immense influence on me and I think helped me be more open minded and imaginative.

    Being able to learn lessons from what life throws in front of you isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re at a low point in life you don’t see every failure as a source of a valuable lesson but just as a failure. Life coaches basically help you identify the right path here. They don’t come up with innovative ways, they just tell you what you already know but have never really thought of I guess.

    For me, my cousins and my parents are like my life coaches. When I tell them about my problems, they help me find a solution. Some people don’t have that kind of relationships. They are not comfortable sharing private information with someone they know because they don’t want to be judged so I think a life coach helps.

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      Going by what you say Lavanya, anyone can be of help to improve Life Quality. So why hire someone as a ‘Life Coach’… why should that be a profession? Why call yourself a coach, I think it is ridiculous!

      1. I think everyone has the potential of being a coach but not everyone can be your coach. It’s not easy to find people who will give you an answer that is best for you and don’t have any hidden motive of their own( doesn’t even have to be intentional). Then there is the shame of asking for help to your close ones because it also means admitting that you are in need of help so most people find it easy to say it to strangers(Look at so many people in here who share personal stuff with strangers). Then sometimes people have mental blocks or some childhood traumas that they are unaware of but that affects their life. Neither them nor their close ones can tell but a person who has studied human psychology for years can.

        So, I think there is indeed a need for them but yeah I agree people definitely over sell this profession.

        1. theextraaamile says: Reply

          That’s a beautiful well drafted paragraph you’ve typed out…unfortunately, I read it late (went into spam again)
          Loved the last line Lavanya. I am hell-bent on knowing more about this.

  2. Well, probably “life coaching “ should be that apple on someone’s head when he was exploring certain new business ventures…

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