What is a Life Coach and what do Life Coaches do?

A Life Coach is like a guide, facilitating decision-making by asking clients the right questions.  Life Coaches empower clients to reach goals and make better and faster decisions.  Once you’ve made the decision to have life coaching, the next step is to choose / find a Life Coach that is right for you.  Finding a Life Coach in London or rather, one you feel comfortable with, takes careful research and time.  Life Coaches have different styles, skills, qualifications and personal & professional experience.  It is important to find a Life Coach London that you can engage with, communicates effectively and matches your way of working, personality and character.

A good life coach is an external eye and ear, who challenges and motivates.   A Life Coach may push you out of your comfort zone in order to assist a client’s decision-making.  This means, Life Coaches keep clients on track, so they achieve personal and professional goals.   Also, Life Coaches are a sounding board for ideas and life decisions, particularly when the client and Life Coach are well matched for the agreed goal(s) and outcomes.

Life coaching is about driving personal development, which helps clients develop, improve, grow and succeed.  A good Life Coach will help you THINK.  Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and/or Kind?

The effectiveness and end result depend on a client’s input, the relationship between client and coach and also, whether the client has chosen the right coach to support them with their personal and/or professional goals.  A Life Coach can help you achieve your full potential and become more successful.

Before finding a Life Coach London

Before finding a Life Coach London, it is important to note that life coaching doesn’t specifically advise, recommend or provide solutions to a client’s problems or goals (current state).  Instead, life coaching focuses on you and your future goals, but that doesn’t mean you are a failure, far from it.  From time to time, we all need some form of help or guidance.

A London Life Coach, with appropriate life experience (whether on a professional and/or personal level) builds confidence and supports positive change.  Deciding to hire a Life Coach is a big decision.  You’ll want to invest your time and money wisely.  With this in mind and before choosing / finding a Life Coach London, ask yourself the below questions:

Important questions to ask yourself in you want a London Life Coach:

  • What made you think about getting a life coach in the first place?
  • Did someone advise you to get a personal development coach? OR, is this something you’ve decided will help? The answer to these questions could drastically influence the results achieved
  • Have you had coaching before and how was that experience?
  • What are your goals and plans that have made you think about life coaching?
  • What are you expecting to achieve from life coaching?

Life Coaches can’t fix us

Life Coaches can’t fix people, and this isn’t meant to assume that people are broken either.

Equally, having coaching doesn’t mean we are broken.  Coaches help us become better, whether that is a better planner, decision maker, communicator etc.

Life coaching focuses on the mentally well and is goal driven, which involves open discussion about a clients’ personal and/or professional goals.  This includes developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound) goals and also, a clearly defined and logical plan to reach such goals.  The primary focus is on the present and future, although that doesn’t mean the past may sometimes come into discussion.

The lines between counselling, psychotherapy, mentoring and life coaching are somewhat blurred.  This is because they share competencies.  e.g. actively listening, rapport building and 2-way communication between client and service provider.  Also, the desire to create and sustain positive change, but life coaching does not specifically focus on the past, people’s behaviours and beliefs.  To understand more about the differences, please click here to read an article/blog on: A Life Coach is your Guide.

Choosing the right London Life Coach

Before you go ahead and find a Life Coach London or the surrounding area, here is a short Ted Talk’s presentation, where Bill Gates tells the audience: “Everyone needs a coach.”  Coaches aren’t just for gym-goers, professional athletes or footballers.  There are different types to suit everyone’s needs.

In Financial Services and other larger corporate organisations, executive coaching is common place.  These types of businesses invest in top leaders, since there is real value in aiding better and faster decisions, which helps make better leaders.  With this in mind, a London Life Coach can equally assist personal development and improvement.

If you don’t have a coach, now is the time to find the right Life Coach London for you.  It isn’t a sign of weakness.  It’s a sign that you are open to developing, improving and growing and ultimately, bettering yourself.  By being humble and realising that we are all human and have the potential to change and grow, choosing / finding a London Life Coach could help you achieve your full potential.  What do Life Coaches offer and how do you find a Life Coach London that is right for you? 

Choosing a coach in London that’s right for you

First and foremost, it is important to understand what a coach offers, their expertise, skills and experience.  Some Life Coaches specialize in certain areas, e.g. spirituality, career development and others are more general.  Choose the right life coach for you and your needs.  Ultimately, remember that you have the final say on the decisions and/or plans you make.

The wrong coach could be financially damaging to your bank balance.  You’ll want and need to find a Life Coach London that is effective from day one and before entering a contractual coaching relationship.  A good Life Coach should demonstrate value and a return on your investment and so be clear about what is you’re expecting and define some clear and measurable actions.

Coaching, whether through a professional, specialised London Life Coach, from a friend, maybe someone you’ve worked with, a self-help book, tips video etc. is key to your success.

With this in mind, make use your network, since peer referrals are a good place to start.  However, please don’t stop there and make sure you weigh up all the pros and cons.  Also, compare a Life Coaches’ reviews and online presence with any recommendations.  Just because you’ve asked friends, family, colleagues for referrals, doesn’t mean it’s a full-proof solution for you.

Everyone has different wants, needs and ways of working.  A trusted recommendation could be the best option, but searching online allows you to see if a Life Coach walks their walk and talks their talk.  i.e. are they regularly posting relevant materials, which highlights experience and knowledge that could help you?  Helen Townsend, author of ‘The Go-To Expert’, 2014, Pearson Educated Limited wrote; “It’s not easy to identify great coaches from the poor ones…”.  Furthermore, Helen believes it is good practice to ‘stalk’ selected coaches on social media.

Maximum Solutions Consulting Ltd London Life Coach

For more details about life coaching services from Maximum Solutions Consulting Ltd, please click here.  Steve Wyatt, Life Coach London has +20 years’ professional work experience.  Steve has coached individuals to performance improvement and facilitated peer to peer coaching support workshops.  On a personal level, he’s dealt with trauma, overcome depression and a number of challenging life events.  This means Steve is well-equipped in managing personal problems, whether on a financial, legal or otherwise.

One of the most important factors in choosing / finding a London Life Coach is connection and relationship.   Steve is an active listener, empathetic, patient and calm.  He has diplomas in Life Coaching and Mindfulness as well as introductory diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neurolinguistic Programming.  From Steve’s own personal experience with CBT and Mindfulness practice, means he is experienced in the key tools and is well-placed to bring about positive change.  To learn more about Steve, click here.