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What is Life Coaching?

A life coach is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their mindset and mental performance, relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives.


What Does a Life Coach Do?

Life coaches can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle.

By creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of your strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.

Who Should Consider Working With a Life Coach?

Many people seek out life coaches for guidance in navigating a significant life change, such as taking on a new career. In plenty of cases, however, people turn to life coaches simply for help in building a happier, more meaningful life.

There are a number of indications that working with a life coach could be helpful for you. These signs include:

  • Frequent irritability

  • High levels of stress and/or anxiety

  • Inability to break bad habits

  • Lack of fulfillment in your social life

  • Persistent feeling of dissatisfaction at work

  • Sense of blocked creativity

In recent years, life coaches have acquired a considerable presence in the mainstream. Indeed, a growing number of creatives, executives, and entrepreneurs are now teaming up with life coaches to attain success in their professional and personal lives.

What is Mindset Coaching?

Mindset coaching is a form of coaching that helps a person identify the blocks and behaviors that stop them from being the ultimate version of themselves. It helps people overcome these mental blocks and achieve their goals.  Most people are raised with different values and mindsets, but the habits and assumptions they believe might be holding them back from accomplishing their dreams.   Mindset coaching helps people introspect and unearth these negative mindsets they have grown accustomed to. Once they have identified these behaviors, they can then work on changing their thought process to overcome these barriers and have a more positive outlook on life. 

Mindset coaching will help you make lasting positive changes in your life because, instead of tackling and solving individual problems that arise at certain stages of your life, you are figuring out the limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns that lead to these problems in the first place. 

A mindset coach will help you understand the negative beliefs and adverse habits holding you back from achieving your full potential. 

They will work with you to optimize your thoughts and rediscover your purpose. Instead of being deeply affected by hard times, mindset coaching will train you on how to tackle these situations with the utmost confidence and conviction so that life cannot knock you down.

Life can be overwhelming, and repeated failures and setbacks can take away your confidence to endure it properly. Whether you feel like you’re not able to reach your potential, do not have the confidence to set out toward your goals and desires, or simply feel like you don’t know what to do in life, coaching can help you get out of this negative mindset.  Mindset coaching leads you to develop a better lifestyle. This not only leads you to a better life professionally and spiritually but also helps you get in the mindset to develop and improve your physical health.

Mindset coaching will help you think about yourself and your life in a new way and alter the lens with which you view the world. It will inspire you to take action to step up and achieve the goals that you have been ignoring because of your previous mindset.  It will give you complete clarity about what you want in life and arm you with the perfect arsenal of drive and enthusiasm to guide you toward your dreams!

Difference Between a Life Coach and a Therapist

Although there may be some overlap in the benefits of working with a life coach and participating in psychotherapy with a licensed therapist, these professionals have distinct roles and serve unique purposes.


Unlike life coaches, therapists and other mental health professionals focus on healing, treating mental health conditions, and helping people work through trauma and other issues from their past. While working with a life coach may help you to deal with certain unresolved issues, life coaches cannot treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, or any other mental health condition. To that end, a life coach should never be considered as a substitute for a mental health professional.

What a Life Coach Can Do for You

One of the main benefits of working with a life coach is the ability to gain a fresh, informed perspective on problems that you face. In addition to offering new insight into challenges, a life coach can help you to zero in on negative patterns that could be standing in the way of your success.

Many people view working with a life coach as a means of bridging the gap between your current circumstances and the life you’d like to lead. The following are some of the benefits that may result from having a life coach:

  • Better work/life balance

  • Elimination of long-held fears, anxieties and limiting beliefs

  • Enhanced creativity, confidence, and self awareness

  • Greater financial security

  • Improved communication skills

  • More satisfying work/home life

  • Stronger relationships with friends and family

Additionally, people frequently pair up with life coaches in order to work through barriers that may interfere with a partner/mate. Many people also look to life coaches for help in identifying their passion and carving out their ideal career path.  Since sessions typically take place on a regular basis over a prolonged period of time, life coaches can ensure that their clients are implementing what is necessary to experience significant change.

What to Expect From a Life Coach

With many life coaches, you can expect to discuss specific goals you have for the future. A life coach often provides support that is essential for gaining momentum toward your goals. A good coach can recognize when you get stuck, and help you regain motivation.

Accountability is one of the prime advantages of working with a life coach. As a result of working with a life coach, clients often achieve their goals more quickly and efficiently than they would if working on their own.

Impact of Life Coaches

While people may report subjective benefits after seeing a life coach, there have also been studies that have shown that life coaching can be beneficial in a number of areas:

  • One study found that both individual and group coaching was helpful in reducing procrastination and improving goal attainment.

  • One review of studies found that health and wellness coaching showed promise for improving self-efficacy and self-empowerment.

  • A 2020 study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that coaching-based leadership interventions could be effective for enhancing well-being and improving functioning withing organizations.

Research suggests that life coaching can have a range of positive effects, including improvements in personal insight and improve self-reflection. It may also help improve overall mental health and quality of life.


Life coaching sessions can take many different forms. For example, some life coaches meet with their clients in person, while others conduct their sessions over the internet via Zoom.  If you’re thinking of working with a life coach, keep in mind that it’s up to you to decide what you’d like to focus on in your coaching sessions. Each session should leave you feeling empowered and uplifted, so it’s critical to find a coach whose style and philosophy resonate with you.

Potential Pitfalls of Working With a Life Coach

Before you see a life coach, there are a few potential pitfalls that you should watch for:

  • Don't expect immediate results. Your life coach can help you make plans, address problems, and work toward achieving your goals, but it is important to remember that these things take time. If may be helpful if you set some short-term and long-term goals to work toward.

  • Consider if your coach is suited to your needs. Not all life coaches take the same approach to a problem, so what you get out of the process may have a lot to do with the type of relationship you have with your coach. Look for a coach that is suited to working with your personality type and approach to solving problems.

  • Don't see a life coach to address serious mental health issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, you should talk to your doctor or therapist to discuss your treatment options. Life coaches can offer advice that can improve your well-being, but that does not mean they can provide mental health treatment.

History of Life Coaching

As a formal field, coaching is relatively young, but it has roots in many older disciplines. It draws on areas that include the human potential movement of the 1960s, leadership training, adult education, personal development, and numerous areas of psychology.  Life coaching formally emerged during the 1980s and grew in popularity throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Some of the earliest life coaches focused on life planning, but the field eventually grew to encompass other life areas including relationships, finances, careers, health, and overall well-being.

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