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Life Coaching - Do You Have What it Takes?

It can be said that since there is a human being, there is coaching, because every time someone supports another person, guide and help them in one way or another to achieve a better result, that person is doing some coaching. For that matter, coaches use specific tools to help people so that they can create the life they want, either because they are in times of crisis or despair, or because they want more out of life. A good coach is born and made. There are innate abilities, which are an excellent starting point.


Empathy is the ability to observe others, capture what they are thinking and get into their skin. A good coaching session begins precisely at this point, by observing and empathizing. If coaches can put themselves in the place of the people around them, understand them a little better and respond in solidarity, they can offer some good help.

Balance and maturity

A coach is there to see life as a journey of improvement and the change as the engine of personal and professional development. As a result of this development, coaches need to reach a point of maturity and balance before settling in front of a person who needs help. Everyone has their own conflicts and areas for improvement to be resolved. A good dose of self-knowledge and emotional balance is necessary to provide a top-notch coaching.


In a situation of conflict, there are three types of reaction - agreeing with others to avoid conflict, becoming authoritarian and aggressive, and finally, being able to defend a certain opinion without being disrespectful of others or intimidated. A true coach will respond to the latter type. They should be people who know how to say no without shouting and have no problem to openly disagree.


Relying on one’s intuition about something that is happening can lead to deeper levels of understanding. It adds another dimension to usual logic and mere rational perspective. Of course, the novice coach is advised to use a bit less intuition. Someone who wants to be a life coach has to practice in order to get a good grasp on using intuition.


Knowing how to ask questions and communicating effectively is the basic, but listening can be even more important. Remember that people listen and communicate about things they do in the broadest sense of the word. Do not forget that only 7% of one’s message moves through the words but, above all, it is conveyed through intonation and body language.

Capacity for analysis and synthesis

If the analytical capacity allows people to break up the reality in many elements to review and explore their relationships, the synthetic capacity allows them to see these elements as a single whole. Again, a good life coach should be able to organize information to make this vision more complete and adjusted

to reality.


To coach someone successfully, avoid giving a lot of advice, do not judge in any way and keep in mind a method that is used. Coaching requires iron discipline which is not always easy to see. If you are one of those people who stand firm and adhere to their purpose without greater difficulty, you are on the way to become a good coach.

Be certified

Nowadays the coaching is not regulated so, unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a coach without any prior training. Still, this profession means a lot of hard work because being a good coach requires a range of skills and if you do not know what or how to carry them out you are not doing a good job. There are many schools that offer classes and, what’s more, you can easily find an online training course for coaching that could help your progress.

It is said that being a life coach is an attitude. One of its main requirements is a firm intention to help create the change we want to experience in the world. That change is achieved when we have a way to help others create the life they want. And this part of really wanting to make a difference is a trait that every person who is thinking about this career should possess.


Nate M. Vickery is a consultant from Sydney, Australia. His work mostly consists of providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with management and marketing advice.

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