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EconDiva

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Life coach?
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:41:53 AM »
Has anyone ever used one? What exactly do they do?

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2015, 08:51:09 AM »
I attended a handful of seminars hosted by a life coach (paid for by my employer).  It seems like they nag you to do stuff you know you should be doing.  I have a wife for that.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2015, 09:30:18 AM »
I have an acquaintance who is a life coach.

Something about setting goals, motivating, and reaching your potential.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2015, 09:38:58 AM »
I attended a handful of seminars hosted by a life coach (paid for by my employer).  It seems like they nag you to do stuff you know you should be doing.  I have a wife for that.

LOL!

Just looking to see if anyone's ever used one and 'drastically changed their life' or anything like that.  On one hand it seems like a good idea to have the motivation, but on the other hand, I'm not sure about the concept.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2015, 09:53:08 AM »
A good life coach is meant to help you move forward, possibly change directions, if you are stuck and not sure what you want.  Help you set personal and professional goals to get the life you want.  I have found most people don't even know how to set personal or professional goals.  They just drift along waiting for life or the next raise/promotion to happen to them, rather than going after what they want.  A life coach is supposed to help you understand what it is, exactly, that you even want to go after, so you can, helping with goal setting and actionable steps to move towards those goals.

Disclosure that I have never used one, though I probably should.  Some friends have told me I should become one, but don't know about that. 

Good luck!
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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 10:03:47 AM »
A good life coach is meant to help you move forward, possibly change directions, if you are stuck and not sure what you want.  Help you set personal and professional goals to get the life you want.  I have found most people don't even know how to set personal or professional goals.  They just drift along waiting for life or the next raise/promotion to happen to them, rather than going after what they want.  A life coach is supposed to help you understand what it is, exactly, that you even want to go after, so you can, helping with goal setting and actionable steps to move towards those goals.

Disclosure that I have never used one, though I probably should.  Some friends have told me I should become one, but don't know about that. 

Good luck!

That was a nice summary of what they do.  I'd like to talk to some people who have actually used good ones to know how they helped them accomplish certain things.

I feel like you described me a bit...it's the feeling of going about life 'aimlessly' lately that gave me the passing thought of using one. 

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2015, 07:20:43 PM »
One of my ex-coworkers was working towards becoming a life coach a couple of years ago and was looking for clients to get her hours so I "volunteered," paying $20/hr with the caveat that some of my sessions will be recorded. She's a very thoughtful and motivated person herself and during the time I worked with her we pretty much progressed together.

What she really helped is to provide different perspectives looking at life, relationships and goals, and really get you to ask yourself difficult questions - what you value in life, what you're afraid of, what kind of a spouse/parent do you want to be and why, things like that. There are techniques and exercises that helped me working on these issues. During my last session with her she summarized it well, "In the beginning you think you can live your life the way you want 10 years later; now you know you are already living it."

My husband also worked with her and was able to improve (or accept, depending on how you look at it) his relationship with his family somewhat, and be more comfortable about pursuing his own ideas and dreams.

To me, therapy helps resolving past issues, and life coaching helps moving forward with life. It's not anything magical, and I'm sure people can read a bunch themselves and come to similar conclusion. Would I pay $200/hr for this? I'm not sure, but I didn't know what I know now. Hope this helps.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2015, 07:49:44 PM »
The only life coach I've ever known was a raging hot mess of psychosexual dysfunction.  Not the kind of person anyone should be taking advice from, on any topic.

If you need advice, ask your friends or your family.  That's what they're for.  I fail to see the appeal of paying someone to get to know your problems, unless you have too much money and are just desperate for someone to talk to.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2015, 10:32:00 PM »
I have 3 friends that make their living doing this. I say for people with insurance that therapy is cheaper.

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Re: Life coach?
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2015, 07:32:18 AM »
A good life coach is meant to help you move forward, possibly change directions, if you are stuck and not sure what you want.
I know exactly what I want - retirement.  There are only two problems with this.  One, I don't have enough money yet.  And two, I'm impatient.