What Does a Coach Even Do?

The simple answer? I’ll use an Elaine Macdonald quote that I like, “A life coach does for the rest of your body, what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.”

And I like that summary, I think it is a pretty good introduction to exploring what a life coach does, but I’m guessing that for many of you the ‘rest of your body’ part is still a little vague.

So, here are a few, very non-vague, examples of ‘What I Do’.

I help people who know what they want – but don’t know how to get there.

  • I have helped people who want to change career – change career.
  • I have helped people who want a better work-life balance – get balanced.
  • I have helped Team Leaders who wanted to navigate their team through big company changes – navigate with success.

I help people who know what they want – but have repeatedly failed to get there.

  • I have helped people who have repeatedly been passed up for a specific job role – get that role.
  • I have helped people who have repeatedly tried to lose weight – lose weight.
  • I have helped people who have repeatedly been unable to say no to unwanted demands on them – find their boundaries and say no.

I help people who don’t know what they want.

  • I have helped people who have been despondent and disinterested at work discover why and then change that.
  • I have helped people who have felt disappointed and frustrated with ‘life’ explore why that is and then how they can overcome that.
  • I have helped people who have felt overwhelmed with different options or pressures get clarity and confidence to make decisions to move forwards.

I love looking at these real-life examples, they remind me of why I love doing what I do. I get to see people change, transforming often before my very eyes. I see people walk in to a session with a furrowed brow and exhausted eyes and leave with shoulders rolled back and a smile wide across their face. Perhaps that is actually a better summary of what a Life Coach ‘even does.’

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