Common Questions/Concerns on Hiring a Coach

There are lots of stories of success stemming from people who have invested in life coaching.  We have clients who went from no relationship to being engaged in less than a year.  All of our clients are making more money and are more successful than before our coaching sessions.  Not only that, but they are happier with their lives!

Our clients had the reservations, concerns and questions when they were turning the idea of life coaching over in their heads.  So let’s explore some of those questions and concerns and perhaps quell any of those reservations.

What is my financial return from the money I invest in fees for a great life coach?  Am I wasting my money?

In a study performed by ICF Global, clients who had invested in a coach had a return of 3.44 times what they had spent.

"…as to your ROI question ... Based on my salary increase alone for 2014, the ROI is 30.12. Yeah, I think we beat the average! Really that number is a low estimate given the magnitude that has on future salary increases (off of the new, higher base) and pushing past the fear of asking for raises at all...I'll be able to use that skill countless times over my entire career. Very valuable."

Is Coaching Tax Deductible?

Your coaching investment may be tax deductible. In the United States, all expenses for continuing education undertaken to maintain and improve business and professional skills are tax deductible. (Treas. Reg. 1-162-5, Coughlin vs. Commissioner, 203F 2d 307). Contact your tax consultant or if you live outside the United States check with your local tax authority.

Why should I pay someone who doesn't know me to tell me what to do?

Life coaching is a billion dollar a year industry, so that shows you many people are engaged in it and are having success.  Most of us cannot see or even blind ourselves to the roadblocks we have put up in our minds that keep us from success.  Your own mental obstacles keeping you from meeting your full potential and stopping you from achieving what you want in life.  Your coach, will and should be able to bring these to your attention and help you overcome them, lifting those limitations you, yourself, imposed.

How exactly will a life coach help me?

A life coach will work on a number of issues and areas with you to get you to where you want to be. There are a few steps in doing this:

  • Your coach will help you to set priorities and from those create an action plan.  This action plan will visually show you where you need to begin your work.  Sometimes the least important things to do are the easiest, but we should begin with what is important first, even if it’s a challenge.
     
  • Asking “Impact” questions designed for you to come at a problem of yours from a different angle than how you have been viewing it.  This is meant to make there seem as though there is a sense of urgency.  These questions are constructed of three main components: 

1. They are simple and direct questions based in reality not assumptions.
2. These questions will require self-reflection.
3. The questions should make you think more deeply and creatively (outside the box.)

Your coach will ask these questions to try to elicit real answers that make sense within the realm of what in life is concerning you.

  • Getting to your most important and major issues is probably the biggest challenge for both you and your coach. You know that old cliché “The only one stopping you is you.” Well, it’s true. There are usually four main issues that you have internalized and made into roadblocks stopping you from moving forward. The most common ones include:
    • excess baggage,
    • just plain old pure habits,
    • negative emotions that have become your reality and
    • the type of environment you stay in and the company that you keep;

To you this is “just your life,” or “how you are. A life coach’s job is to isolate your biggest self-hindrances, present them kindly and help motivate you to change how you think and perceive the world around you. Maybe it’s none of the above holding you back. Maybe you are just stuck in a rut and can’t get out to move keep moving forward. A life coach can help pull you out of that rut and get you moving forward again, as well. Whatever it is, your coach is committed to helping you figure it out and walk with you on the journey to fix it.

  • Sometimes we tend to focus on the immediate problem not what’s really causing the problem.  For example, it’s raining and your roof is leaking, so you get all the buckets and pots in the house and put them under the leaks to catch the water.  You are solving the problem of the water flooding your house, but if you don’t fix the roof, the problem is really never going to be solved.  If that goes on for too long, the roof may cave in and it will be too big of a problem to fix. A life coach will do a root cause analysis to try to get to the bottom of what is stopping you from success and meeting your true potential.  Once the “roof” is fixed, there will be no more leaks on a rainy day!  Coaches are also going to cheer you on when times are good, when you are on an upswing and meeting all of your goals.  They will also help you to analyze how you got there and what you have been doing that has been working, so that you can use those skills if you happen to downswing.  Knowing and learning how to work with your strengths and knowing your weaknesses and what to improve, will help you find success faster than you think!

Are my sessions confidential?  I don’t want to feel judged.

Everything and anything you talk about with your life coach is completely and totally confidential. You never will feel judged by your coach. We are all human and we all have our issues. A coach’s job is to neutrally be a cheerleader, someone to keep you on track and accountable and someone who celebrates with you, with genuine happiness, when you reach your goals.

How can I start?

If you want to try it out a consultation for free, you can sign up for a free ninety minute session and see how you like it.  Worst thing that could happen is that you will learn a lot about yourself and become another success story!