What is Life Coaching?
Before I can answer the question of “Is Life coaching a scam?”, we need to understand what life coaching really is. So many people consider themselves a life coach and almost everywhere (especially online), you will see people trying to promote a life coaching program or service to you. If you have ever wondered what it is, then here is the answer.
Life coaching is a profession that focuses on personal and professional improvement and effectiveness.
Most of us want to flourish in every area of our life and sometimes we need professional help to get there. Sometimes we need to see our life from another person’s view to spot the reasons why we cannot get over the current obstacle that we are in. Whether the obstacle is personal or business oriented, we all will get to a point in our live where we feel hopeless.
Life coaches can help us to address the problem, work out a solution and then to work on this solution to get over the problem. All of us have the potential to do great things, but society has pushed us into a jar to limit our belief system.
My problem with life coaching
Everywhere online you will see people that promote courses for other people to become life coaches. The reason for my concern is that life coaching is not as much a career as it is a lifestyle and it is not yet regulated. Life coaching is not really something that you can study for because if you do not walk the talk, then your talk is worthless.
The worse thing that can happen is that you can get a life coach that is struggling harder than you to get over a specific situation. The ideal life coach is someone that has already passed the obstacles that you are facing. If they have not done it themselves, then how can they teach you how to do it?
Even I can go and take a course online and become a life coach in 1 month. The reason why so many people are becoming life coaches is because of the money. Some life coaches get paid more than $3000 per hour, so I can see that many people are flocking to training centres to become life coaches.
One of the biggest obstacles that might block a person in any area of his life is mental disorders such as depression, chronic insomnia and anxiety disorder. A Life coach cannot teach you how to get over one of these disorders because they are not a psychologist.
If a life coach should detect any of these disorders, then he or she cannot help you.
They need to be certified by the ICF
This is the first thing that you should look for and it is also the most important. The ICF stands for International Coach Federation and this is where people can become an accredited life coach. If a life coach is not registered with them, then I would not buy his or her service.
There are also 3 levels of coaches that you get. First you get the ACC (Associate Certified Coach) then the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) who has more experience than the former and lastly you will get the MCC (Master Certified Coach) who has the most experience.
To become an ACC you need at least 100 hours of client coaching experience under a mentor. To become a PCC, you need to have at least 750 hours of client coaching experience. As you can see, it is not just a small course that you take and you are qualified. It can take you years before you reach the MCC level.
This indicates that life coaching is a serious business and you should not take it lightly if you want to become one. The ICF also has a set of standards to which the coaches should adhere to.
Only you can change your life
If you are not willing to do the changes necessary, then not even the best life coach can help you. If you want to change your life, you need to change your habits and your believe system. Our believe system determines the actions that we take and the actions that we take determine the habits that we develop.
If you do something over and over again it will become a habit and it does not matter whether the habit is good for you or not. If you want to succeed at something, then you need to be good at it. To become good at anything, you need to practice over and over again.
One thing that I learned from life coaching is to constantly measure yourself because if you do not do this, then how will you know if you are progressing? As a general rule you need to improve with 1% each day and I know this is small, but it lasts longer. After a year you will be 3.6 times better than you were before and who know how much better you will be after a couple of years.
So is life coaching a scam? I am going to say no, but you need to be careful when you choose your life coach and remember that a life coach can only do that much. Life coaching can give you the tools you need to succeed at almost anything in life but it all starts with you.