Welcome to our coaching series here on the podcast! I’m so excited to bring this series onto the show because I’m a life coach for multi-passionates, I love what and I do, but I think I may have made the mistake of assuming that everyone is familiar with coaching, what it is, when to hire a coach, and so on.
So over the next several episodes, we’ll be talking allll about coaching!
A good place for us to start is how do you know if it’s time to hire a life coach?
What are the benefits of working with a coach?
And why coaching is NOT the same as consulting or therapy.
Before we get into this conversation, I want to invite you to submit your questions about working with a coach for our closing episode of this series. As you’re listening to this episode, if any questions pop into your mind when it comes to hiring or working with a coach, click the link in the show notes and drop me a voice note and I’ll answer it on our closing episode!
What is a Life Coach?
Before we can talk about how to know if it’s time to hire a coach, let’s have a working definition of what a life coach is.
This is my personal definition of a coach: A person who asks you thoughtful questions to support you in understanding the connection between circumstances, thoughts, feelings, actions, and the results those actions create.
A life coach will also sometimes offer advice or practical steps you can take to create the change that you want to see in your life and will invite you to continue to have support as you navigate those changes.
Please keep in mind that a coach is NOT the same as a therapist.
A therapist is a licensed professional who can help you to see patterns occurring in your life and will often help you work through past traumas. There are some coaches who are trauma-informed, but that’s still not the same as a therapist.
A coach is also not the same as a consultant.
A consultant is someone who is skilled in a particular area and will offer advice in that area. They’re probably not going to sit there and ask you a bunch of questions like a coach would, and they’re definitely not there to help you unpack the traumas in your life like a therapist would.
To reiterate, the definition of a life coach that we’ll be working with for this series is: A person who asks you thoughtful questions to support you in understanding the connection between circumstances, thoughts, feelings, actions, and the results those actions create.
A coach will also sometimes offer advice or practical steps you can take to create the change that you want to see in your life and will invite you to continue to have support as you navigate those changes.
How to Know if it’s Time to Hire a Coach
Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s talk about how to know if it’s time to hire a coach. I came up with a list of 3 ways to tell.
1. You’ve identified a change that you want to make in your life
The first step in knowing that it’s time to hire a coach is identifying that you want to make a change in your life. In my case, my clients come to me knowing that they’re tired of trying to do all the things at once, and want to learn how to prioritize from a place of clarity so that they can thrive.
Another example could be knowing that you want to feel more confident, be more assertive, have a better relationship with your body and so on. They are coaches who specialize in those areas.
If you know that you want to make a change in your life, that’s the first step in determining whether or not it’s time to hire a coach.
2. You want a greater chance at success in creating that change.
Once you’ve identified a change that you want to make, it’s time to hire a coach if you want to increase your chances of success in creating that change.
A coach will be there to answer your questions, help you to understand your own thought process, and create new ways of approaching the challenges that you may not have tried before.
For example, maybe you’ve tried on your own to create priorities. You have bought all the planners with every different layout and have gotten all the different project management software.
You tried all of these different time management solutions, and you’re still feeling like you don’t know what project to start with first. If you want a greater chance at success at being able to create clear priorities as a multi-passionate, then hiring a coach would be a great next step for you.
By the way, I have a program that helps with that! Check it out HERE.
3. You believe that you’re worth investing in
The final step before you hire a coach is to believe that you’re worth investing in. I’m not just talking about the monetary value of the investment.
People who hire coaches know that they deserve high-touch support, they know that they deserve to make meaningful changes in their lives, and they know that they are worth investing in.
If you don’t feel that you’re worth investing in, you’ll probably never hire a coach!
What my client had to say about hiring a coach
I asked clients inside of my program, Prioritize and Thrive, to share how they knew it was time to hire a coach and I’m going to share one of the responses that I received with you here because it outlines the three steps above.
“I had been struggling for a long time to even put a name to WHY I always felt so overwhelmed trying to ‘figure out’ what I should focus on and how I should focus on it. I came across the # MULTIPASSIONATE on Instagram and suddenly I made so much sense to myself!! There was nothing wrong with me, in fact, there’s a whole community of people just like me who have the same gifts and the same struggles. Through the hashtag, I found your podcast while you were midway through season one, Joi – and I binged it all in like 2 days. I couldn’t get enough!
So when you shared about offering coaching, I had already put some of your suggestions into practice and benefitted so much, it just made sense to me to ask you for more help! Honestly, the coaching world has historically not felt like the right fit for me, but seeing the benefits of your practices in real time was undeniable.
I decided to take the plunge and invest in the program because I finally felt ready to invest in MYSELF. If there was nothing ‘wrong with me’ as a multi-passionate, and there was someone out there who not only understands that but WALKS THE WALK of how to treat your passions like a gift and not a burden, I couldn’t NOT go for it! And I’m so glad I did!”
Are you ready to hire a coach?
If you’re a multi-passionate who is ready to hire a coach, I’d love for you to consider joining my coaching program Prioritize and Thrive. Check it out HERE and send me a voice note if you have any questions.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Are YOU ready to work with a life coach? I’d love to support you! Check out my group program HERE.
- Have a question about working with a coach? Send me a voice note and I’ll answer it in an upcoming episode!
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