Skeptical About Life Coaching?
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Are you skeptical about life coaching? If so, you are not alone. For anyone who has never tried life coaching, or for anyone who has tried it with less than the desired results, the thought of even dipping your toes into the pool of life coaching with a discounted introductory session can be daunting. Skeptical or not though, the fact that you are reading this article indicates that you have some interest in the life coaching process, even if you are far from convinced that it can work for you.
Skepticism is a very natural reaction to anything that we are unfamiliar with, that sounds too good to be true, or that we just don’t have concrete scientific proof will work. It is a very common and deeply held belief that ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’ If this is your belief about anything in life, including life coaching, then you have two basic choices. You can either give yourself a genuine chance to ‘see it,’ and then as a result believe it, or you can refuse to try something that you are skeptical about. By taking the latter choice, you miss out on a lot of things that might work for you.
Give Things a Wholehearted Chance
Giving something a wholehearted chance to work does not, of course, guarantee that it will work. Some things will, and some won’t, however, there is always much to be learned and gained from any experience, even if you find that it is not something you wish to pursue as a long-term part of your life. On the other hand, refusing to try something that might
work, just because you can’t know for sure that it will
guarantee something. It guarantees that it definitely will not work for you because you have chosen not to give it a chance.
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This is not to say that you should try anything that you feel is not in alignment with your goals and values, or that your intuition tells you is not for you. I am talking about trying things, like life coaching, that you have an interest in. Things about which you have some hope and feeling that they might just be good for you, even though you feel some doubt and skepticism as well. Skepticism is a mild form of fear, and when there is something that you would like to experience in your life, but any level of doubt and fear is holding you back, I suggest you heed the advice of Susan Jeffers, and ‘feel the fear but do it anyway.’
How to Get Past Skepticism and Make Life Coaching Work
Feeling skeptical about life coaching is not only common, it is quite reasonable. Just because something can and does work for other people is not a guarantee that it will work for you. There are several things that can affect the results that an individual will gain from life coaching. One very important thing to keep in mind is that, like most things in life, the more you put into the coaching process, the more you get out of it. Life coaching is not a process that can magically ‘fix’ everything that you feel is not working in your life. Coaching sessions can provide a lot of ideas, motivation, and techniques, but it is then up to you to put these into practice (with the encouragement and backup of your coach of course!).
It is also important that you embark on the coaching process with at least some amount of hope and willingness to believe that this process can make a positive difference in your life. Being nervous or skeptical about life coaching is one thing, but if you are convinced that it will not work for you, then even trying it would be a waste of time. An open mind is an absolute prerequisite for successful life coaching.
In my experience with life coaching, I find that just about everyone I work with starts out with at least some level of skepticism. This skepticism can be about whether what they want to achieve is really possible, and/or whether life coaching online is really the method that can help them to get to where they want to be. However, they do start, and they start with a commitment to giving the process their best efforts, and a willingness to at least believe that it might work.
From Skeptical to Happy Life Coaching Client
Below is a letter that I recently received from a client, and this letter beautifully illustrates the transition from being skeptical about life coaching to being delighted with the progress being made through a combination of coaching and personal commitment.
It is also extremely important to find the right person to coach you. This is a very personal choice, and the best working relationships can be formed between like-minded people. It is vital to feel a sense of trust and confidence in the person with whom you are commencing a coaching relationship. This being said, trust and effective communication evolve over time.
My ideal client is a person who is on a strong path of personal growth, is open minded, and basically positive and proactive. I am not interested in convincing hard core skeptics that life coaching is right for them - it probably isn’t! However, if you are a bit wary or skeptical about life coaching, but would like to create an opportunity to show yourself that it can work for you, then I would love to be part of that journey.
Being skeptical about life coaching doesn’t mean it can’t work for you. In fact, when your expectations are not sky-high, you have every chance of being pleasantly surprised!
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