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Your Life Coach Isn't Your Friend

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 26/01/2015

That sounds a little harsh doesn't it? It’s true though!

Not because life coaches are mean people by any means, but because they are meant to be a guide for you. Whether you are working with a coach in a professional or personal setting, they will help you realize, set and work towards achieving your goals.

What’s interesting is where this came from. Personal and professional coaching is an industry that is still unfamiliar to a lot of people, and can result in unrealistic expectations for those starting to work with a coach.

Robert Pagliarini wrote an interesting article for CBS News that highlights the myths about professional coaching:

  1. Life coaches are professionals who can help you achieve your goals (NB: the myth is that all coaches are professionals, not about them helping you to achieve your goals)
  2. Executive coaching is an employment perk
  3. Personal coaches can only help you reach personal goals; professional coaches can only help you reach business goals
  4. Professional coaching is for “problem” employees
  5. Personal coaching takes too much time
  6. Life coaches are like having a good friend to bounce ideas off and to keep you motivated
  7. Executive coaching is only good for upper management; coaching is only good for entry level employees
  8. Professional coaches tell their clients what to do and give them advice
  9. Executive coaching is expensive
  10. Professional coaching is spiritual and relies on “harnessing the energy in the universe”

There are other myths out there too, many of which overlap, but Christian Life Coaching highlights a couple of additional ones too, including that life coaching is just another form of counselling and that every life coach is the same.

Your coach is someone who will work with you either in a specific area or areas of your life. If you need guidance, and a new way of looking at things, that’s a great place to start. Coaching is a creative partnership, focusing on designing and implementing specific, meaningful changes in a personal or professional life.

If you want to learn more, visit our What Is Coaching? Infographic and feel free to ask questions – lots and lots of questions!