What Is A Personal Development Coach And Do You Need One?
Our purpose in life is to live. To live is to breathe, to feel, to love, to laugh, to experience all that life has to offer. To live is to be alive, to be present in each and every moment navigate all that it means to be a human being. Every human being has a life purpose and as long as you are alive, your purpose here on earth is to give expression to all that you are meant to be.
Life does not come with a handbook on how to navigate it successfully. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know how to move forward, a personal development coach can help. A coach can help you find your true voice and help you break through barriers and build more confidence, ultimately leading to a more positive future.
A coach can help you evaluate your current situation and help you set goals to make it better.
If you’re unsure if you need a personal development coach, ask yourself if you’re happy with your life and where you want to be. If the answer is no, then a coach can help you get clarity and take the necessary steps to improve your life.
Is A Personal Development Coach Different From A Life Coach?
Although there is significant overlap, generally speaking a personal development coach is different from a life coach in a few key ways.
First, personal development coaches help their clients set and reach goals related to personal development, such as increasing self-awareness or becoming more confident. Life coaches, on the other hand, may help their clients set and reach any type of goal, including personal, professional, or financial goals.
Second, personal development coaches often focus on helping their clients improve their overall well-being, while life coaches may focus on a specific area of their client’s life, such as their career or relationships.
Finally, personal development coaches typically work with clients on a long-term basis, while life coaches may work with clients for a shorter period of time on things like time management or goal setting.
Assessing Coaching Certifications and Experience
Whilst life coaching is not a regulated profession and you do not need to have a specific qualification or degree, you do need to know what you are doing. There are various training programs that people can attend and obtain certification.
Having a coach certification from the International Coach Federation which is recognised and respected internationally shows people that you have learned the coaching fundamentals. With some of their courses, students can only qualify for certificates after having acquired several hours of practical experience.
Many life coaches usually have a background in another profession or career. Some have backgrounds in business, human resources or psychology which lend themselves nicely to their coaching professions. To working with vulnerable people such as minors and people with addictions means the coach has to have sufficient training hours and skills to be able to help the clients.
When trying to decide whether to work with personal development coaches, it is important to consider the 3 aspects of personal development. Does the personal development coach embody these aspects? If they do and you have done an independent review of their ability to help clients, all of these factors will help you in selecting the coach to work with you.
Can A Personal Development Coach And A Life Coach Be The Same Person?
Yes, sometimes the same person can help people with strategies to improve aspects of your personal development like your mental, physical and emotional development as well as specific things like buying your first property. But this tends to be the exception.
Top athletes and top business executives people usually have a different coach for these areas of their life. A gym/fitness coach to train their body and a spiritual coach to help them with mastering their personal emotions and a coach or trainer who helps them with studying the mental aspects of the game. They are different people and they help with different needs.
Every personal development coach has different skills and coaching experience. The success of your development as a client will lie in your ability to do a personal assessment of your own personal growth and take responsibility to see what areas you still need to develop.
Using A Personal Development Coach To Help You Discover Your Life Purpose
If you want to experience all that life has to offer with enthusiasm and joy, to make a difference in the world and leave it a better place than you found it, to love deeply and be loved in return but haven’t been able to do on your own… then working with a personal development coach can be a transformational experience that will help you to finally make the changes you’ve been wanting to make.
As we take the time to develop ourselves spiritually, mentally and emotionally, we are opening the door to a life that is more fulfilling, peaceful and joyful. We are tapping into our own personal power and strength, and we are becoming more aware of our own inner wisdom. By doing this, we are creating a life that is more in line with our true selves.
We are creating the space for positive change in our lives, and we are opening ourselves up to new possibilities. When we are spiritually, mentally and emotionally healthy, we are able to give more to ourselves and to others. We are more able to show up in the world as our authentic selves, and we are able to live more fully and joyfully.
This beautiful quote by Iyanla Vanzant says it beautifully:
“It’s self-full to be first, to be as good as possible to you. To take care of you, keep you whole and healthy. That doesn’t mean you disregard everything and everyone. But you want to come with your cup full. You know: ‘My cup runneth over.’ What comes out of the cup is for y’all. What’s in the cup is mine. But I’ve got to keep my cup full.”
When we are able to make a positive difference in the world, and we are able to contribute to the collective then we by default live each day to the fullest. These are the things that truly matter in life.
Not every personal development coach has been through a training program and is a professional certified coach. Don’t let that put you off. Be guided by their ability to engage in active listening, offer guidance suited to your own personal circumstances, and their ability to move you closer to living as the highest and truest image of yourself.
A personal development coach can be a neighbour, a friend or even a trusted family member. They can provide you with support, guidance and advice when it comes to making positive changes in your life. Remember that “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” and “that which you seek is also seeking you”. Unknown
It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget about the importance of tending to our inner lives. But when we make the effort to do so, we are rewarded with a greater sense of well-being and a more enriched experience of life.