It makes me smile when people think Life Coaching is all airy-fairy, rainbows and daisies and kittens and positive thinking. As though we stare in the mirror with our clients like Stuart Smalley reciting, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn-it, people like me!”
How amazing it would be if that’s all it took.
On the contrary, Life Coaching requires grit. It’s not for those who just want to be heard and validated. It’s not about accountability and advice.
Life Coaching means accepting full responsibility for your life and refusing to play victim.
It means examining your thoughts (even the ones a coach has to shine a flashlight into your brain to help you find) and understanding the results they create in your life.
It means doing the work to change what doesn’t serve you; including all of your BS excuses.
Life Coaching means allowing other people to be who they are without trying to control them so you can feel happy. It means accepting responsibility for every emotion you feel and never looking to your job, your spouse, your kids or your circumstances to do the work for you.
Life Coaching is empowering, transformative and proactive. It’s the most worthwhile investment I can think of for our mental health.
But don’t expect it to be rainbows and daisies.