Absolutely, unequivocally NOT! But initially, that’s exactly what I thought.
I had NO idea what a life coach did and why one would be necessary, but long ago when I first heard the term, my immediate reaction was, “Really, people need someone to tell them how to do life? LAME-O!” Boy was I off base.
After Declutter Now! was written, we asked an accomplished and trusted friend and counselor to review the book and provide an endorsement if she felt comfortable doing so. Midway through the book she picked up the phone, called Lindon and told him, “You two really need to look into being life coaches. There’s a huge demand and you would both be such a great fit.” My love and respect for this individual was the only reason I gave the idea any credence and my sole motivation for looking into it.
Well, the rest of the story is a mind blowing example of how God moves in our lives. We looked into life coaching and the suggested curriculum, were completely amazed by the parallels of the profession and the premise for our book and signed up to begin our coaching journey immediately. The fit was undeniably and the call on our lives equally as obvious.
Simply put, coaching takes you from ‘where you are to where you want to be.’ There are a zillion coaching niches and the key is to coach to something you’ve walked through, survived and thrived beyond so you can personally speak to the challenge. There are executive business coaches, divorce coaches, coaches for parents with autistic or ADHD children, single parent coaches, grief coaches, etc., to name just a few.
Who doesn’t get stuck in a rut from time to time? Who hasn’t encountered a new situation that presents a unique challenge? How many vibrant, smart and motivated people can’t see the clear picture because they are immersed in the center of a dilemma and are just too close to be objective and clear? We would argue none!
According to the National Post:
“Coaching is the second-fastest growing profession in the world, rivaled only by information technology…” It’s growing because there’s a demand and the results are speaking for themselves.
Lindon and I offer individual personal development coaching, with an emphasis on decluttering (of course!), as well as couple to couple marriage coaching. Please click on the Life Coaching tab for more information. Whether you’re looking for a life coach or seeking information about becoming one, we’d love to hear from you!
Trust me when I say there is nothing lame about life coaching, except perhaps, missing the call to seek or become one!