Put me in Coach(?)

OK.

I’m trying , people.

I’m really trying.

Trying not to fossilize.

Trying not to be the Grumpy Mc Grumperson old dude, the “get off my lawn” neighbor who you dread running into. The “ in my day we rode bikes without helmets, drank out of garden hoses and played football in the street” dude.

I’m really trying to stay with it, though even using the term “with it” means that you are no longer with it. And I guess greeting and saying farewell with a peace sign kinda works against the whole staying up to date thing…..

….but I digress.

Life coaches.

They appear to be everywhere. They are the poke and hot chicken of the wellness world. They seem to be springing up everywhere, willing to share their wisdom for a nominal, or sometimes not so nominal, fee.

First, let’s try defining what a Life coach is;

Let’s start with coaching, according to Wikipedia;

Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance.

OK, this falls in line with my experience with coaches, mostly from my childhood baseball and football coaches, though I think that most of my little league coaches had more enthusiasm than experience, or more likely a kid on the team. So alright, I get it, a baseball coach coaches baseball, a football coach coaches football. Pretty straight up. So a LIFE coach coaches….?

According to Wiki, a life coach is “responsible for guiding people that are confused on what to do into their lives. They support goal-setting, personal growth, and behavior modification of their clients. These professionals help people to achieve their goals by improving different actions necessary to take control of future plans.”

Or, according to a leading Life coaching accreditation site; “Life coaching is a synergistic relationship between an accredited life coach and a client designed to tap into your full potential. Just as Olympic athletes wouldn’t think of training without the added insight, objective perspective and enthusiastic support of an athletic coach, many of today’s most successful business leaders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and CEOs use the services of a life coach to take their lives, careers, or businesses to the next level.

I’m guessing the marketing guy got a bonus for that one…

Whatever you may think of it, life coaching is big business. In 2019, U.S. News and World Report has cited life coaching as the second biggest consulting business there is. Major universities have instituted classes in life coaching, and the ICF (International Coaching Federation) & ILCT (Institute for Life Coach Training) two of the largest certifying agencies, are working with universities around the country to create programs.

How long will it take? Earning your life coaching certificate could take you anywhere from 16 to 100 hours to complete, depending on your program. But, according to one authority, whether you choose a shorter program or a longer one “generally doesn’t matter”.

Umm, doesn’t matter? So, not exactly like an M.D. or auto repair, huh? Missing “brake day” or “appendectomy workshop” would, I think, hinder your ability to handle certain important situations.

But do you really NEED to be certified?

Nope.

Legally, there are no specific requirements needed to become a life coach., no formal education . In fact, essentially any person who wants to be a life coach can become a life coach, regardless of age or educational background.

So what skills are required? Glad you asked.

Skills required; excellent listening and questioning skills. the ability to quickly bond with clients from different backgrounds. the ability to inspire and motivate clients to achieve goals. the confidence to challenge clients, but in a caring way.

Hmm

If you add years of study and several degrees, you know what you get?

Yup.

A therapist

If you add the ability to mix drinks, you know what you get?

Yup.

A bartender.

How much does life coaching usually cost? Most life coaches working with individuals charge about $200 to $1,000 per month for a 30- to 60-minute call three or four times a month. If you go top drawer and sign up for the Grand Pooba of Life coaches, Tony Robbins, you pay a bit more. Robbins Coaching Fees range from about $4,500.00 to over $6,000.00 for 6 months or 18 sessions, or from to $8,500.00 to over $15,000.00 for 12 months or 36 sessions. In addition, we understand Tony Robbins Coaching Fee Packages require advanced payment in full.

But….

….however….

…if this works for you. If your life coach is the best thing that ever happened to you. If he/she has gotten you to swear off alcohol, caffeine & gluten, gotten you to forgive yourself, meal prep and love the world again, to greet each day with a smile and go to sleep content with the planet and your place in it?

I am happy for you.

It’s worth it.

For you.

I’m just going to get out my T.V. tray, heat up my Swanson pot pie and watch reruns of “Petticoat Junction”.

I’ll be mowing my lawn tomorrow, so you kids….?

I’m just saying.

Talk later,

Bob

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