We see comments like this pretty often. And while they’re correct that coaching as a profession is growing in popularity, this notion that there are too many coaches in the world, in our mind at least, couldn’t be further from the truth. The world needs more life coaches!
Well, there are many benefits to working with a life coach. Lots of people have found their lives transformed by a coaching relationship, gaining renewed clarity, perspective and actionable takeaways to move them towards a place of greater fulfilment. After all, whether big challenges and setbacks or smaller personal conundrums, facing difficulties and manoeuvring obstacles are part and parcel of being human.
If you know anything about life coaching (You don’t? No worries! Here’s an article on what life coaching is!) then you’ll know that it’s about helping people to find their own solutions and answers, move past blocks and stuckness towards a place of greater purpose, happiness and fulfilment. Something that feels more important than ever in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world.
With the ongoing transitions, shifts and unrest that many of us are experiencing, we thought it’s a great time to highlight the positive impact that coaching can have on individuals, and in turn the wider world, so in this article we share 5 key reasons the world needs more life coaches.
In uncertain times, certainty of oneself is key. And as far as uncertain times go, the current moment feels like it might take some beating! The Pandemic changed a lot for so many people and caused a lot of negative thoughts and feelings around what might come next. Now we recognise that not everybody is completely certain of who they’re, and in fact, who we are constantly changes, but what we are touching on here is an increased awareness.
Providing you choose a good quality coaching course, the journey of training and qualifying as a life coach, will unquestionably lead you to become more attuned to yourself, and more aware of your own thoughts, feelings and beliefs and how they relate to the world around you. Through a clearer knowledge of our own inner mechanisms, we are better able to meaningfully and purposefully lead ourselves through our own lives. And as a life coach, you can take this a step further and help others to improve their self-awareness and in turn identify ways to bring greater fulfilment and meaning to their lives – an incredibly rewarding experience.
Helping others through adversity
In the current VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, many of us are facing levels of adversity that we have never experienced before. From huge career transitions to furlough and loss of jobs, through to sickness, social isolation and even loss and grief, in the current moment, adversity seems to wait around every corner. It’s an undeniably challenging and uncertain time for everyone, and continuously staring adversity in the face can be incredibly tough on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Through deep listening, open questions and holding the space, a life coach can help their coachees to work through adversity. They might help them to challenge their self-limiting beliefs or reframe their perspectives about how they see themselves and the world around them, in turn enabling a more positive outlook on their situation. This can be incredibly beneficial for individuals that are struggling to work through adverse conditions, and as humans, there’s always challenges that show up as we move through life.
If there’s always adversity, challenges, difficulties, limiting beliefs and negative assumptions that form part of our lived experience as human beings, then there’s always opportunities for coaches to make a positive impact in the world. If you’re someone that’s drawn to helping others to weather the storms of life, then training as a coach might just be a great fit for you.
Virtual shift means more opportunity to make a difference
While there are people that like to coach in person, and of course those that prefer to be coached in-person, you’d be surprised at how many people actually do most, if not all, of their coaching online. With the new challenges that Covid-19 has presented there’s now more willingness than ever to adopt new approaches to not just ways of working, but also ways of achieving personal growth and development.
Since making our shift to virtual training, we have seen people join our coaching course from further afield than ever before. New students from Japan through to Argentina, make the Animas community even more beautifully diverse. Some of our coaches also have new clients from different corners of the globe, with a more accepting shift to virtual ways of working opening up more avenues to make a difference in the lives of those that want change.
If you want to make an impact on the lives of others and the wider world, the current landscape means that as a coach, you will be able to help individuals find greater meaning and purpose, no matter which corner of the globe they call home.
The ripple effect of social impact
Social Impact is something that we care about at Animas. From the pioneering Coach4Care project, to the Mylife Age UK initiative, to our work with the Wilderness Foundation, and more recently the hiring of Head of Social Impact Emma Koubayssi, we have always been actively involved in meaningful social impact projects, and continue to do so. And we aren’t alone.
During the pandemic we saw so many social impact initiatives come out of the Animas community. Our coaches have mobilised to use their skills and experience to offer help to those that truly need it, wherever they are in the world. MoreHappi and Support Haven to name but a few. These Initiatives that really have had a fantastic impact on the individuals and communities that they’ve worked with.
The difference that one person can make in a community can be far-reaching, and this is certainly true for those in the coaching profession. It might start with empowering one individual, but the effect of that work will often be seen rippling through their wider community, such is the power of the coaching relationship.
Perhaps you’re already working in social impact organisations and want to explore what coaching might add to your approach, or you might just be drawn to the idea of social impact work, maybe even dreaming of setting up your own initiative but aren’t sure where to start? The skills and aptitudes that you acquire as a coach that undertakes professional coach training, and the personal growth journey you will go on, will stand you in good stead to make a real difference to people and communities in need.
“Find a job you love and never work a day in your life”
This famous line is most often attributed to ancient philosopher Confucius, and while nobody can be certain who first coined the phrase, there’s certainly an element of truth to it. In finding your calling or purpose, and dedicating yourself to something which you thoroughly enjoy, something fulfilling, something that means you leap out of bed each morning, you’re not just bringing more joy and positivity to your own life, but putting it out there in the world through the impact you have on the people you work with.
Don’t get us wrong, coaching like any business will require patience, perseverance and hard work, but often, the things that we enjoy the most tend to be the things that we are best at. Not in every case of course, but cast a moment’s thought to the things that you’re best at and how much you enjoy those things and you’ll see what we mean. As a life coach you will be someone that helps others to find greater purpose, meaning and as a result, happiness. They will then take this renewed perspective into their personal connections and community, like a ripple effect of positive change.
If helping others to live more fulfilled lives is something that is aligned with your values and what you’re looking for from a career, then you might just fall in love with coaching. And we think the world could do with more people that love what they do, don’t you?