You do not need a life coach. There, I said it.
So why on earth is a life coach telling you that you don't need a life coach? When I first shared with friends, family, and co-workers that I was starting a life coaching business, I was met with excitement and questions. The main ones being:
1. What is a life coach?
2. Why do I need a life coach?
I knew this was coming but as soon as I went to answer, nothing really came out. My responses were not authentic responses. I tripped over my words trying to figure out the best way to describe and persuade on the concept of a coach. In the end, my friends and family never really got an answer. I realized that I never took the time to sit down and figure out my answer to these questions because, well, it's hard!
So, on my extra long drive home sitting in horrible Pittsburgh traffic, I found myself coming back to these questions. I meditated on it. Then I came home and went for a run, where I meditated on it even more. And here's what I came up with:
I cannot possibly answer what a life coach is because there are so many types of coaches out there with different missions and beliefs. Mine, for example, is that I believe when the next chapter of our lives challenges us, we must meet the vulnerability it creates with lightness and a sense of adventure. That is when massive action takes place. That is the moment you shift into your true self.
In response to why you need a coach, you don't. Just as you don't need much of anything else in your life. Coaches and donuts and Netflix are all choices. We choose what we put value on and acquire it when we feel the time is right. A coach is "the ultimate accountability buddy," one of my clients put it. A person who shifts the conversation about goals from being only a conversation, left to hang in the air, into creating a container, a space, to hear and work with those goals.
So, today might not be the day you purchase a new car. Or you may choose to eat 5 cookies for dinner this evening. And today may (or may not) be the day you're ready to work with a life coach. All are within your power of choice and all are available to you when you're ready.
For fun and to put this into perspective, I wanted to create a list of a few other things you don't need:
This list, in particular, came from things I've wanted at some point in my own life and from the 5-minutes of commercials playing in the background as I type this.
And now the list of things we truly need: