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The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Be Made Before You Decide To Hire A Life Coach

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Category: Life Coaching

The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Be Made
Before You Decide To Hire A Life Coach


Life Coaches are highly in demand in the world today because life coaching has proven itself to be an extremely effective method for facilitating personal and professional development, growth and fulfillment.


The word is out everywhere, it is in the media, in corporations and even in the community. The word is out that coaching makes sense and absolutely works. In studies that have been done on the impact of life coaching, the results have consistently shown a return on investment of greater than 100%.


The following is a list of 7 of the Biggest Mistakes to avoid making before you make the decision to seek the services of a life coach…


Big Mistake #7    The “Lone Ranger” Syndrome


If you think that the best way, or the only way for you to achieve your goals is to do it by yourself, then you have Lone Ranger Mentality. Do you believe that reaching out to someone, and a professional someone for that matter, somehow indicates that you are not enough? That it somehow means you are incapable and not smart enough, strong enough or good enough?


Well, allow me to assure you, the people who utilize coaches are all of those things, extremely capable, smart, strong, plus a whole lot more. They choose coaching because they are ready to accelerate their personal or professional lives and work with a professional who will enable them to achieve their goals faster, easier and with better results than they could ever achieve on their own.  


A life coach will facilitate your self-discovery, the identification of your dreams and goals and the prioritization of those goals. Your coach will help you create an action plan as well as prepare for and overcome any challenges or obstacles you may encounter along the way.


Your coach will also hold you accountable for taking consistent action toward the realization of your dreams and goals. Accountability is one of the greatest payoffs of life coaching. It is so powerful because it can make all the difference required in terms of you being a Dream Achiever instead of just a Goal Setter and someone who walks the walk instead of just talking the talk, as most of us do.


Think of your coach as your success partner, because they actually are. Their whole reason for being is to help you get what you want quicker, easier and with better results than you could on your own. With Love…



Big Mistake #6   Settling For Good Instead Of Focusing On Great      


If you are thinking your life is good and you are relatively satisfied, congratulations! That did not happen by chance. You have obviously done some amazing work on yourself already.


You have already proven that you are the kind of person who proactively goes after what you want and you get it. So why would you settle for anything less than great? Why would you settle for living in black and white when you could be living in full technicolor? Do you really want to play it safe and just stay comfortable? Playing it safe and staying comfortable can take you no further than good. If just good is good for you, carry on as you were.


Most of my clients are people who are already very successful in their lives. Now that they have personally experienced the power of life coaching, they tell me that they realize just how much less they were settling for in their lives. They were settling for good when they could have been stepping toward and experiencing great all along.


These clients also tell me that coaching has dramatically increased the quality of their lives in all areas, from increased income to enhanced relationships and from better health to increased productivity. They feel, many for the very first time, fully and vibrantly alive. 


So, I challenge those of you, yes I mean you, who are settling in life, to stop settling for good. I challenge you to go for GREAT and beyond your imagination with life coaching.



Big Mistake #5   Believing You Must Work Harder To Achieve Your Goals


Do you have dreams or desires that are unfulfilled because you cannot imagine bringing them to life without adding a lot more to your already overwhelming schedule? It may surprise you to know that life coaching can enable you to be more, do more and have more than you ever have by working smarter instead of harder.


Your coach will lead you through an efficient and effective process. You will begin by getting crystal clear about what you want in your life and clear away what you do not want. What is great about this is that when you figure out the things in your life that you are tolerating or doing just because you feel like you should, you can create a lot of extra space in your schedule to focus on the things that are truly meaningful to you. Next, you and your coach will develop an action plan that details what it is going to take, the what by when, for you to reach your dreams and goals. Finally, you will stay laser focused and on track by being held accountable by your coach for taking consistent action and you will also learn how to overcome any challenges and obstacles that come up along the way.


If you would love to learn how to work smarter instead of harder, coaching is a very wise investment of your time and money.



Big Mistake #4   Blaming External Factors For What Is Not Working And Waiting For Them To Change Before You Can Have The Life You Dream Of.


Do you find yourself wishing that other people were different; easier to get along with, more positive, more successful, trustworthy or kind? Or, do you find yourself thinking about how your life would be so much better if your circumstances were different, if only you had a better job, more money, more time or more opportunities?


Have you been telling yourself that these external factors are responsible for what is not working in your life or for preventing you from having what you truly want?


It can be very tempting to get caught up in this paradigm. However, the reality is that if you are looking for or waiting for something outside of yourself to change and give you what you want, you will be waiting, and frustrated, for a very long time.


The reason for this is that you do not have control over anything outside of yourself. What you do have, though, is total control over yourself. You have total control over your thoughts, feelings, your actions and your results.


It is a fact that your circumstances will change when you make a committed decision to take the steps that will move you in the direction of what you want to experience in your life, and then do them. Hiring a coach is one of the smartest things you can do to ensure that you take control and create the reality you want to experience.



Big Mistake #3   Wasting Time And Money On Things That Do Not Get You The Results You Want And Are Not Fulfilling… (Shiny Ball Syndrome)


Let’s face it; in today’s world, there are an infinite number of things that you can spend your hard earned money and valuable time on. When you know you want things in your life to be different or better it is easy for you to waste your time and your money in one of two ways.


The first one is spending your time and money collecting information such as books, software, seminars, reports or programs. You are collecting information that you believe can help you get what you want…Aren’t you?


Now, please do not get the wrong idea here, information is a great thing. I am a big believer in books and programs being critical tools in helping you get where you want to go, however, I want to make something very clear here.


Information alone will not produce your results. You cannot expect that your sales will automatically increase just because you read the Guru of Sales’ latest book and you cannot assume that your monthly expenses will automatically organize themselves just because you purchased the newest expenses tracking software. You will get fulfilling, lasting results only by taking consistent action toward achieving your goals based on what you have learned from the information you’ve collected. Applied knowledge equals power.


The second way you may be wasting your time and money is by acquiring and participating in things that have nothing to do with, and even go against, you having what you really want in your life.


Have you ever allowed a month to go by where you indulged every food craving you had and did not exercise regularly, even though your deepest desire is to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and lifestyle? Have you ever gone out and bought an expensive gadget that you do not really need or cannot really afford when what you truly desire is to feel successful and experience financial freedom?


If this sounds like you, then you know what it is like to be running on the hamster wheel of short term gain, in the form of immediate gratification, leading you to long term pain because your life experiences do not match up with what you really want? Does that sound familiar?


It is very important to realize that spending your time or money on things that give you immediate gratification but have nothing to do with your dreams and values will always leave you feeling empty. Completely and totally empty and looking for the next quick fix.


Instead of wasting your time and money, why not invest in yourself in a way that will accelerate your personal and professional development? Choosing to work with a coach on an ongoing basis is the most time and cost effective investment you can make in yourself and your quality of life…Period!


Your coach can teach you how to make the most of what you have got and how to do more with less. Your coach will hold you accountable for taking consistent purposeful action towards achieving your goals.


By working with a life coach, you will get crystal clear on what you really want, why you want it and how to get it. Having clarity takes the guess work out of things. That way, you will be able to evaluate all future investment opportunities, and by that I mean any and all opportunities for you to spend your time or money, according to their ability to enable you to fulfill your purpose, your vision, your values, your dreams and goals. 



Big Mistake #2   Waiting For The “Perfect” Time To Change And Create The Things You Really Want In Life.


Guess what boys and girls, there is no “perfect” time. Life will always be busy. There will always be family and business obligations to take care of, errands to run, chores to do, TV programs to watch, people and projects that want your time, energy and money, the list goes on. Your life will always be busy and it will always get in the way of what you really want, if you allow it to do so… Do you?


Are you wondering what you can do about it yet? You can stop fooling yourself… Today! Stop kidding yourself that the perfect time is just around the corner or somewhere off in the future… It is Not! Instead, make the choice to join forces with a professional who can guide and teach you how to make the most of every moment… Starting right now!


Your coach will hold you accountable while keeping you focused and on track to achieving your dreams and goals no matter what life throws at you.


 The Biggest Mistake   Telling Yourself That You Cannot Afford A Coach


The actual truth is that you cannot afford to Not have one! Life Coaches are highly in demand in today’s world because coaching has proven to be an extremely effective method for facilitating personal, professional development, growth and complete life fulfillment.


The word is out everywhere, it is in the media, in corporations and even in the community. The word is out that coaching makes sense and absolutely works. In studies that have been done on the impact of life coaching, the results have consistently shown a return on investment of greater than 100%.


Life coaching clients from all walks and areas of life have consistently reported that it is the best money they have ever spent because their investment in an ongoing coaching partnership enables them to achieve their dreams and goals repeatedly. What is even better, is coaching enables them to achieve their goals quicker, easier and with better results. Now, pause and think about that for a moment or two. Think about what that means for you. Anything you want is available to you quicker, easier and with better results through the vehicle of life coaching.


If you are still unsure, I challenge you to consider this, it is not enough for you to say you want things to be different, it will never happen. Simply just wanting something does not make it so.  You must make a conscious decision and then take purposeful action toward what you want. When you are willing to put your money where your mouth is and invest in an effective coaching program, you demonstrate your commitment to achieving the dreams and goals that you want in your life and at the same time you cut yourself off from any possibility other than total success and a life that you truly love living. Find A Coach Today!

I Am Holding The Door Open For You!
Bryan Shumway


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Friday, March 9, 2018 at 06:42 PM
I love this post! Thank you so much for this information, I especially loved the part about the hamster wheel!
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