Frequently Asked Questions
How does Life Coaching differ from therapy?
Life coaching is not therapy. Life coaches don’t work on past-based issues or traumas. Life coaches are not psychologists or psychotherapists. If you start life coaching, and have not resolved an issue from the past, then it is very likely you will be referred to work with a therapist to resolve the issue. It is very common for unresolved traumas or addictions to stop us from getting what we want in our lives. Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. We help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life and career they really want. Most coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of a coach to do so.
How much does Life or Business Coaching usually cost?
Most life and business coaches working with individuals charge about $200 to $1,000 per month for a 30- to 60-minute call three or four times a month. If you find the cost of one-on-one coaching is too expensive right now, then you might be interested in learning more about my less expensive Business Women University or Success Academy for Women courses!
What is the difference between Business Coaching and Business Consulting?
Business Coaching can be considered a form of consulting. However, consulting is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you’d expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. The Business Coaching that I offer is for women who are just starting their business. You may need basic information to get your business up and running. I'll help you set strategic goals and will keep you accountable to take the action to achieve those goals.
How long should I commit to working with a coach?
Most people find coaching more beneficial than they realized and stay on longer than they initially anticipated—typically from 1 month to a year. Many coaches ask for a three to six month commitment but usually let you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now. I offer One and Done Coaching (one session for a particular issue, specific objective or project), Monthly Coaching (1 and 3 months). For Monthly Coaching, I ask you to sign a contract. Many clients choose to continue working with their life coach after their initial goals are accomplished because there are even more interesting things to do!
Can Life Coaching hurt someone?
No. The client is always responsible for their own life and ultimately, makes their own decisions and takes their own actions. The job of the life coach is to provide positive support and encouragement. While a life coach might challenge you to think differently or suggest that you try a different or even radical approach than you would normally take, the client must decide whether to take the advice or not. Life coaches do not in any way control the client's thoughts, actions or life.
If you feel bad after a coaching call, for any reason, let me know. If this happens, it is most likely a miscommunication or it could be that my coaching style is not working for you. If this happens, let me know and I'll do my best to refer you to another coach! You should feel uplifted and motivated to take action at the end of each coaching call. You should certainly feel good about yourself and your accomplishments.
Can a dependency form between the coach and client?
No. The client may need the life coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate their personal growth, yet not be dependent on the life coach. Anyone who has big goals can benefit from the structure, advice, and support of an certified life coach, so in that sense, yes, a life coach is needed. As far as creating an emotional or psychological dependency, not to worry. Life coaches work with people who are healthy and successful on their own. Life coaches do not resolve therapy issues. If you start to feel dependent on your life coach, get a therapist!
Why would people who are already successful hire a Life or Business Coach?
People have managed well in the past without a life coach. So in one sense nobody really needs a life coach, but many people want one! One of the reasons there is a growing demand for life coaching is the complexity of our everyday lives. Things aren't as simple as they used to be. In the past, people were just happy to have a job that allowed them to pay their bills and promised a decent retirement. Most people today want a job that is personally fulfilling and financially rewarding. Other people want to find work or start a business that is in line with their core values and is an expression of who they are. Never before in history has mankind had such an incredible opportunity for self-expression through one's work. If you aren't doing what you love to do, even if you are successful, you would benefit from some coaching. I certainly did! Are you doing what you most enjoy? Are you tolerating or putting up with anything? Is life easy or are you struggling? Are you on the path to financial independence? Do you have what you really want? Most people can expect a lot more out of their lives.
Shouldn't I be able to reach my goals on my own?
We’ve been taught that "hard work and doing it on your own" are the keys to finding life, success, money, or happiness. Most people believe they must sacrifice something to attain what they want. Some people sacrifice their health, their time to enjoy life, or their relationships. None of this is necessary. You can have it all but you need a strategy to take action to have it all. And, with life coaching, you’ll find you don’t have to sacrifice anything to get what you want. You may need to change a few things, true, but clients typically find they have more time with their families and friends, more money, more opportunities, and are more successful at work or in their businesses when they work with a professionally trained coach—whether that is a business coach, a personal coach, an executive coach or a life coach. Athletes, performers, CEO’s and presidents know that they can’t do it alone. They know they need a trained professional or even a team of experts to help them determine the best direction and to provide objective support and feedback. Without this, it is almost impossible to achieve excellence.
No athlete would consider going to the Olympics without the support of a coach. No team can exist without a coach. The extra edge the coach provides makes all the difference. Why shouldn’t you have this same advantage in your own personal and professional life?
Why is Life Coaching so popular?
People are tired of doing what they "should" do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the rest of their lives. Problem is, many can't see it, or if they can, they can't see a way to change their lives to get what they want. A coach can help them do both.
People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years ago might have felt out of reach or like a pipe dream. A life coach is not a miracle worker (well, they are, sometimes) but a life coach does have a large tool kit to help the Big Idea become a Reality. Fortunately, people now have time and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of personal growth.
Why does Life Coaching produce such rapid change?
Life coaching works for several reasons:
Synergy between the life coach and client creates momentum and enthusiasm. Better goals are set -- ones that naturally motivate the client. The client develops new skills, which lead to greater success.
Coaching provides a structure of support and accountability. Left to our own devices, most people start out with the best intentions and then hit a snag and either get derailed completely or delayed for a long time. An certified Life or Business Coach can help you quickly bust through snags and inevitable road blocks in life so that more is accomplished with less struggle and less effort in a remarkable short period of time.
Objectivity. Your coach is an objective, positive supporter. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a friend or colleague to provide this. If you’ve been doing it solo, try seeing how much more you can accomplish with your own personal coach!
What does the Life or Business Coach focus on with the average client?
We focus where the client wants us to focus: Your goals are our goals. Although, we might have some radical suggestions for just how to reach those goals more quickly. Sometimes, in order to be more successful in business, you need to do some personal work. So don’t be surprised if you get some personal assessments and quizzes!