I’m back with another guest post for today’s post! Meraki from The Last Single Sister. She discusses how a life coach could enhance your life – something that I’ve never really considered before.

Despite always being into self-development and following the law of attraction, until recently I thought that life coach’s spouted overpriced new-age mumbo jumbo for pompous privileged pricks. Why would I pay money to have some stuck-up do-gooder tell me to meditate and practice breathwork? As far as I was concerned, I already knew my life’s purpose so there was nothing a life coach could teach me. Shockingly enough, I was 100% wrong.

Towards the end of last year, I started talking to a woman who I had met through a Facebook group that we were both a part of. After several weeks, she told me that she was a life coach, which completely blew my mind. She was not a floopy hipster stuck-up do-gooder at all, in fact, she was far from it. We shared a lot of similar interests and opinions on things, she was very open-minded and I felt really comfortable talking to her (which is novel for me). So, when she offered me a free 1-2-1 session to talk about what I want from life and offer me some no-obligation advice, I decided that I had nothing to lose by accepting the offer.

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I was quite guarded and not willing to open up completely on the first call; partly because I was quite an anxious person but also because I had a negative view on life coaching and was dubious of the whole idea. However, there was no need for me to be suspicious, I quickly detected that she genuinely wanted to help people and had no ulterior motive in offering the call. In fact, that call ended with me crying happy tears because, for the first time in my life, I realised that I wanted to be a writer.

The call also helped me realise how low my self-esteem and confidence were and how little enjoyment I had in my life in comparison to what I used to have. I was fascinated, how had she made me feel so empowered to create change after just one conversation? I immediately signed up for a 12-week programme with her. After all, if she can unearth all this from one 45-minute session, what could she do over the course of 12-weeks?

The 12-week course was designed to navigate me along the journey towards self-love by creating a clear vision of what I actually wanted from life and why I wanted it. Once I had my vision, we then started to discover and transform my limiting beliefs introducing a number of ‘tools’ to help me do so.

One of the many limiting beliefs that we worked through was the thought that men only wanted sex from me. This stemmed from a history of child abuse and sexual assault, so to be able to say that this is no longer a belief of mine speaks volumes. Life coaches are not therapists so she did not offer psychological support, but we did look at many ways of overcoming this belief. This included highlighting any positive experiences where men have helped me, in my past and present, without asking for anything in return. 

Throughout the 12-weeks we also looked at ways of bringing more joy into my life, creating daily healthy habits and using gratitude to empower, motivate and encourage growth. We had a 1-2-1 call every week where we would look at a number of different things. This could be anything from completing mini workshops and tasks, learning healthy coping mechanisms that could be utilised any time I needed them or just talking (and crying) about something that had caused me upset that week or was hindering my growth.

Working with Claire has provided me with a full toolbox to face any problem thrown my way. It has improved my confidence, helped me realise what I really want from life, provided me with healthy daily practices, improved my overall mood, allowed me to set boundaries and boosted my self-confidence and self-love greatly. This ultimately improved my mental health by helping me overcome my anxiety and better handle my PTSD.

Since completing the 12-week programme, I have started dating again, I am writing a book and I have begun sharing my life story through my blog, to help other women who have faced and are facing the same issues as me, to feel a little less alone.

In short, my original perception of life coaches was so incredibly inaccurate and working with one has not only changed my opinion of men and myself but it has enhanced my life forever.

Here are 10 reasons that I would recommend a life coach to anybody and why I believe a life coach could enhance your life:

Life coaches are NOT therapists

Unlike therapists, they don’t tell you what to do, they simply help you realise your inner strength, wants and desires. They listen to you and use open-ended questions, encouraging reflection and new practices to help you to make the profound and courageous changes in your life that YOU think are right for YOU.

They help provide clarity on what your purpose and wants are in life

Although I do have my dream job, I no longer believe that it is my sole purpose. My passion lies with writing and I was encouraged to explore that, which is what led to the creation of my blog and my book. I now believe that my purpose is to help people in any way that I can, be that through my day job or through sharing my story.

They equip you with tools to use at any point in your life to help you find solutions to problems

Another way that a life coach could enhance your life, is by helping you find solutions to problems. This is so that you don’t need to pay for sessions every week for the rest of your life (unless you want to of course).

They enable you to develop better self-awareness

This helps highlight your strong and weak points to allow you to see where you thrive and where you may need some extra support. Therefore, enabling you to meet your goals in a more productive, proactive and timely manner.

They act as a soundboard

They listen to you if you feel there is nobody else you can talk to. As well as this, they can also help you discover the root cause of your upset as 9/10 there is a deeper reason for your upset than someone stealing your pen at work.

They allow you to re-evaluate your thoughts, feelings, core values and opinions

It is oh too easy to be swayed by external influences but a life coach can help you discover whether these feelings are your own or imposed by assessing whether they align with your core values. I was shocked to see how many external sources influenced my thoughts and opinions. Now, I trust myself enough to know that my opinion is the most important and am not as easily swayed.

They will improve your Self-love & Confidence

Working with a life coach will highlight all of your remarkable qualities and help you see just how much you have to offer this world. Whether you’re looking for love, wanting to progress within your career or just looking to improve your self-esteem; self-love and confidence is the best way to do that.

They help you find balance

Working with a life coach showed me the importance of having fun and how little I did to enjoy myself. Sounds crazy right? Well, when was the last time you chucked on some cheesy 90s music and danced like nobody was watching or did a cartwheel at the park for no reason? When we become adults, we become so focused on work, raising kids, housework etc that we forget that life is meant to be joyful too, so we live for the weekend to ‘blow off some steam.’

Working with a life coach will help you find a healthy balance between fun, relaxation, work and anything else you juggle in life.

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They unlock your potential

This happens by facilitating you into becoming the best, most authentic version of yourself. Plus, helping you overcome your fears, eliminate bad habits and keep you motivated.

They help you to live a happier life and better overcome difficulties

Life will always throw hurdles at us to overcome but by utilising the tools that your life coach can provide you with, you are better prepared to handle them. Remember, happiness is the journey, not the destination and the tools that life coaches give you are the maps when you get a little lost.

There are loads of life coaches around to choose from but finding the right one is essential. So, before you book with one do your research, because if you don’t feel comfortable opening up to them, you won’t get the results you deserve.

If it is something you are interested in pursuing, I would highly recommend Claire Porterfield as your first port of call. You can contact her via her website.

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  1. I have heard a lot about life coaches lately. They sound like they have a great impact on those who work with them.

    1. Hey Jamie, thanks for your reply. Life coaches are definitely becoming more and more popular and I can understand why. Claire changed my life for the better and I would encourage anyone to look into using a life coach – even if it is just short term xoxo

  2. Thank you for sharing this insight Caroline. I’ve heard a lot about the positives of life coaches, so thank you for sharing x

    1. Thank you for reading! x

    2. Thanks for your comment Eleanor. As I am sure you’ve seen from the post, I swear by life coaches. I personally found working with Claire more beneficial than therapy. xoxo

  3. I’ve heard so many good things about life coaches, it’s amazing that there’s a way to really help people in all aspects of life. Improving my confidence and self-love is top of my goals list so I might just look into life coaches myself.

    1. Jordanne, I would 10000% recommend looking into it. Working with Claire has changed my life and I am a much more positive and confident person as a result of it. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my days but at least now I have the tools to overcome it faster. Before Claire a bad day would turn into a bad week, month or year. I hope it is something that you find beneficial xoxo

  4. Love this. I’ve actually always wanted a life coach ! Such a wholesome way of healing and getting a positive guidance !

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Absolutely! They give you the tools to heal yourself and become the best version of you. Undeniably the best resource I have ever accessed! xoxo

  5. Thank you for sharing this – a lot of folks have been speaking very highly of life coaches recently and it’s sparked my interest! Thanks for sharing these 10 ways a life coach can help that I didn’t know about.

    1. Thank you Alex x

    2. Alex, thanks for your comment! I would totally recommend looking into one if your interest is sparked. My main advice would be to do your research and look for the coach that suits your personality and requirements. Recommendations are always great, but what fits one, may not fit all! Good luck xoxo

  6. It’s great to hear from the side of someone who experienced life coaching. Next year I’ll be coaching clients, once qualified and this is why I find this post fascinating and an excellent read. 🙂

    1. Ooh, that’s exciting! x

    2. Lou this is FANTASTIC!!!! Congratulations on making a decision to go into a career that not only brings you joy but will help so many others. All the best with your training xoxo

  7. I haven’t heard much about life coaches before but this post is super informative!

    Sarah | http://www.aspoonfulofvanilla.co.uk

    1. Thank you x

    2. Hi Sarah, glad you found it informative. Life coaches are amazing. xoxo

  8. I’ve never had a life coach before but I’ve always wanted to try one. I feel like they would be great at keeping me accountable to my goals!

    Corinne x

    1. Yes, I’m sure x

    2. Corinne, they are amazing!!!! The best investment in yourself that you would ever make. I would highly recommend Claire, she is fantastic! However, do some research and talk to a couple of people before committing to one. Good Luck xoxo

  9. Great post. I am looking for someone to help me process all the anger surrounding the circumstances in my life.

    Life coaching could be it. It’s helpful to have the perspective of someone who benifitted x

    1. Definitely x

    2. Claire certainly helped to overcome my past. However, please be mindful that they’re not therapists so could potentially suggest that you seek support through counselling before utilising their services. Be sure to look around for the person most well matched to your needs who suits your personality.xoxo

  10. I had always thought the same thing about life coaches…until I had coaching through work a few years ago and found it so helpful that last year I studied to get certified myself! I would like to be more specialised with my coaching though and hope to start offering sessions within the next year. Great post, really insightful into what life coaches can really do to help people.

    1. Wow, that’s so cool! xx

    2. Vourneen that excellent! I am so excited for your future career. I am sure you will be amazing. What speciality will you be looking in to?

  11. Thank you for sharing, it’s definitely interesting the positive impact that life coaches can have. I know some people absolutely swear by them!

    1. Hi Lauren… I am some people haha! I could talk about the positive benefits until the cows come home haha.

  12. I don’t think I’ve known anyone who has used a Life Coach so thank you for your insight into this role. You certainly sound like you’ve benefitted from this experience and I admire you for taking a chance. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jodie, I absolutely did benefit from the experience and truly believe that anybody else would. It was one of the most life-changing things I have ever experienced. Thank you for your comment xoxo

    2. Thank you for reading x

  13. I wasn’t quite sure about the difference between a life coach and a therapist. Such an interesting and insightful post, as always 🙂

    1. Thanks Mariana, I am glad the post was helpful for you. xoxo

    2. Thank you xx

  14. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about a life coach recently and they sound amazing. I love that they help you in ways a therapist couldn’t. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

    1. Elle, they certainly do help you in different ways to therapists. For me the biggest benefit is that they provide you with tools that can help you for the rest of your life! xoxo

  15. I agree that a person also needs a life coach to light a lamp on their feet. Good insights here! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for reading x

  16. I have seen a lot of life coaches shared on social media and I understand the positive support they bring to others who are looking for a new path or struggling.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

    1. Thank you xx

  17. Interesting! I’ve not worked with a life coach, but I’ve actually been reached out by other coaches who were interested in helping me become a coach, but the timing hasn’t been right.

    1. That sounds interesting x

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  19. I have heard only great things about working with a life coach and it actually sparked my interest, so might have to check it out in the future! Thank you for sharing your positive experience x

    1. Thank you for reading x

  20. I’ve never considered a life coach before but now I’m thinking about looking into it. I lost my job last year (thanks covid) and my job search has been very difficult. And I feel like somewhere in the middle of all that I’ve lost my confidence, my self-worth, and I no longer really seem to have any kind of clear vision of where I’m going next. Thanks for writing this post 🙂

    1. I’m sorry you are going through that x

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  22. Love this!! Life coaches are so helpful for those who need a push to be on the right track of personal development and growth. Great guest post x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. Definitely x

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  24. Taylor Scrybe says:

    I’m glad to hear you are promoting more life coaching! I’ve actually embarked on something similar myself with a fantastic Mentor from https://www.lisnic.com and I’m so excited to see where it takes me.

    1. Oh that’s cool!

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