FAQ

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 reorient their life around it. 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 pipedream. 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. 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 accredited Life 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!

Where does the life coach focus with an 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!

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 maybe not all right this minute! 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. 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? Sign up for Coach Yourself to Success online or talk to an accredited Life Coach today — you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll get!

Why would people who are already successful hire a life coach?

People have managed just fine 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 modern day life. Things aren’t as simple as they were in the past. And, whereas your parents might have been happy to have a job that paid the bills, most people today want a job that is personally fulfilling and financially rewarding. They want to find work 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.

I thought I’d start writing when I retired at sixty-five. Thanks to my first coach, I wrote my first book, Coach Yourself to Success at thirty. Coaching really speeds things up so hold on to your hat when you hire a personal coach, a business coach, an executive coach or a life coach.

Can I hire a life coach for a short-term, special project?

Yes. Some clients hire a life coach to help them achieve a specific objective or project. 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!

How long must I commit to working with a coach?

One month if you are working with one of our accredited Life Coaches listed at thecoachingdirectory.com. Although on average, most people find coaching more beneficial than they realized and stay on longer than they initially anticipated—typically 9 months 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. Some coaches might ask you to sign a contract or an agreement. This is fine, however, all our Accredited Life Coaches have agreed that you can coach on a month-by-month basis for as long as it is working for you. This does not apply to corporate coaching contracts or executive coaching which may be for a specific term or project and are often negotiated on a case by case basis.

Why coaching online?

Coaching works remarkably well online because:

1) You can get coaching as and when you need it.

2) You don’t have to book a scheduled coaching call. This appeals to people who are really busy or travel frequently.

3) You can work completely anonymously and independently or you can work with a buddy, join in Forums, and Ask the Coach any questions you have. The degree to which you want to share your progress and life is entirely in your control.

4) You save a ton of money as the online course is very affordable!

Christian coaching FAQ

I go to church regularly. Why would I hire a Christian coach?

Church is, of course, critical to our growth as Christians. However, there can be a disconnect between what we are taught, and the application of that knowledge to our unique circumstances. Christian coaching is not about telling you what to do or teaching you new concepts. It is a relationship dedicated to listening to you, and believing with you that God will show up and bring His power to bear on your life, enabling you to fulfill the purpose for which He created you.

Christian coaching will equip you with tools that will enable you to live a more satisfying and focused life.

How do I choose a Christian coach?

How do you choose a doctor or a day care or a new car? Sometimes you start with recommendations from others, and sometimes you just see something you like. But you always get up close and personal before you make a commitment. Choosing a Christian coach works that way, too.

There are a number of directories that will direct you to a certified, reputable coach: Christian Coaches Network, International Coach Federation, Noomii and more. Visiting websites and blogs will give you a feel for that coach’s personality and style. When you find one or more that you like, contact them. Most Christian coaches will offer a complimentary or getting to know you session to see if what you are looking for matches how they coach.

Here are six things to look for as you decide on which coach is right for you:

Has the coach been through a professional certification program, and does he or she hold a coaching certification? How much coaching experience does the coach have? Does the coach’s training and preferred niche fit your needs? What kind of career or ministry experience does the coach have? Does the coach offer a free complimentary session? Do you feel comfortable talking to this coach?

Where can I get training to become a Christian coach?

The best way to learn which coach training programs meet the International Coach Federation’s standards is to go to the ICF website and perform a search for a program that meets your needs. Once you narrow your choice down to a few different calls, interview the school and ask for references from past graduates.

How much does Christian coaching cost?

Coaching fees vary widely, depending on many factors such as: length and frequency of the sessions; personal or corporate coaching; individual or group coaching; the coach’s certification level, expertise, and reputation.

You can expect to invest between $50 – $300 (and sometimes more) an hour to work with a coach individually. The broad average is $75 – $200 per hour. Many coaches also offer coaching packages, like three 50-minute sessions a month for $250 – $300, or six one-hour weekly group sessions focusing on a particular issue for $150 – $400.

You can also invest in Christian coaching for your small business or corporation, related to specific leadership, business, management, or relational goals. This type of coaching is typically priced higher, anywhere from $750 to several thousand dollars a month, depending on what is included.

What’s the difference between a Christian coach and a spiritual coach?

Training for a Christian coach is facilitated by a group of professional Christian coaches and is approached from a distinctly Christian perspective. Its basis is a fairly conservative, evangelical nondenominational theological framework.

Christian coaching uses most of the skills, principles, and strategies of professional coaching, but applies them through the lens of Scripture and within a distinctly Christian worldview. This means that some of the most foundational assumptions differ from those of a non-Christian coach.

For example, a basic assumption for a secular coach could be, We create our own reality. We are the scriptwriter and the director of our life drama, as well as the star. It is our responsibility to write a script that maximizes the good things and eliminates the bad things. We can attract people and success into our lives by intentionally seeing and feeling what our best life could be.

In contrast, the core assumption of Christian coaching can be summed up nicely by this quote from Tom Patterson in his book, Living the Life You Were Meant to Live

(Nelson): A Life Plan is God’s plan for your life. It is not a plan that you conceive and develop, but a plan that you discover through a series of helpful exercises and processes.

Can a Christian coach help me make more money?

When you are aligned with God’s purpose for your life, everything works together better. Often that will result in more income, but not always. What you can count on as a Christian, though, is that when you are living out the plan that God intended for your life, when you are walking in His will, He will be your provider, and you will lack nothing to accomplish His purpose for you. A Christian coach can help you move to that place.

The same is true for a ministry or other faith-based organization. A Christian coach can help your leaders, team members and volunteers live the vision that God has given. As they work together with one purpose, focused on Christ, He will provide what is needed to accomplish the goals.