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23 Important Coaching Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Life Coach in 2023

Updated: Jan 23

Life coaching can enable you to be more, do more and have more by working smarter instead of harder. If you find the right life coach, that is.

Hire a Life Coach Near Me by Life Coach Smita D Jain

Table of Contents

Do you have Unfulfilled Dreams?

What is Life Coaching?

Who Needs Life Coach?

What Can Life Coach do for me?

Life Coaches around the Globe

Life Coach in India

How to Hire the Right Life Coach- Your Ultimate List of 23 Questions

Common Excuses to Avoid Working with a Life Coach

The Last Word

Do you have Unfulfilled Dreams?

Do you have dreams or desires that are unfulfilled because you can’t find time for it in your jam-packed schedule?

It may surprise you to know that life coaching can enable you to be more, do more and have more by working smarter instead of harder. If you find the right life coach, that is.

If you think the best way to achieve your goals is to work on them yourself, you are carrying a Lone Ranger Mentality in an era where Team Work makes the Dream Work. Further, reaching out to a professional does not indicate your inability to achieve your goals. Indeed, most people who choose coaching are strong and capable of handling their problems, but opt to hire a life coach so that they achieve their goals faster, easier and with better results than they could do on their own.

Ask Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Hrithik Roshan, Virender Sehwag, and countless other celebrities who availed the services of life coaches to reboot their careers.

What is Life Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation defines Coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential. In other words, Coaching is a co-creative approach to working and interacting with people so that they develop their unique capabilities, interpersonal skills and ability to understand and emphatise with others.

A Life Coach addresses specific personal objectives, work goals, general conditions and transition in a client’s personal or professional life. He examines what is going on with the client, discovers the obstacles or challenges, and chooses a course of action to overcome these barriers and achieve the objectives. A good life coach doesn’t provide you advice or solution, but enables you to arrive at your own solution. In that sense, Life Coaching is different from Consulting, Mentoring, Therapy and Counselling.

In this blog post, the term Life Coach is used in a generic manner to cover three types of life coaching niches- domain-oriented, outcome-oriented and title-oriented coaches. It encompasses Executive Coaches, Career Coaches, Business Coaches, Relationship Coaches etc.

Who Needs Life Coach?

Everyone, if one goes by what business billionaires like Eric Schmidt and Bill Gates have to say. In his viral 2013 TED talk, Bill Gates said, “Everyone needs a coach. We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

The who question is also closely related to the why question-‘Why need life coach?’ and when question-‘When to get a life coach?’

Not sure whether you can benefit from a life coach or not? Take the free quiz to find out the answer.

You need a Life Coach if, when or because:

1. You feel lost, unfulfilled or stuck at work or in your personal life, and are at a point where you don’t know who you are or what you want.

2. You are unsure of yourself, have some fears that hold you back, and consistently think you are not good enough to achieve your goals.

3. You have self-destructive habits that sabotage your own success. E.g. you may eat healthy on weekdays only to binge during weekends. Or spend too much time on your mobile screens rather than reading, thus taking one step forward and two steps back.

4. You can’t seem to focus and are all over the place trying to address too many things vying for your attention at once. You invariably find it difficult to focus on things to be done at the moment.

5. You have a vision without a plan. Great ideas sometimes get lost owing to a lack of organisation or clarity. You may have a goal or a vision but are clueless about implementation or need support on what it will take to achieve it.

6. You are facing a significant transition. If you have high career ambitions and want to take a leap of faith to transition to a new career, change jobs, move to a new country, or get out of a toxic relationship, you will benefit from hiring a life coach.

7. You are prone to stress or anxiety and are frustrated because things are not going the way you want them to go, trying to do things on your own without any support will only add to your frustration. You will conserve your energies and prevent burnout by hiring a life coach.