Life Coaching Misconceptions

Myths about Life Coaching abound!  Here are some of the most common:

“Everyone can be a life coach because they require no training.” Like the old saying, “If you can’t do – teach”, right?  Nothing is further from the truth. Great life coaches must possess the correct balance of expertise (skillset), experience (been there – done that), and skilled delivery (communication). Only then, can they can properly motivate and encourage clients while identifying and resolving the critical core issues in each case.

“Coaching is simply unlicensed therapy/counseling.” Life coaching is focused on your present and your future, while therapy is often focused on your past. Coaching accepts current reality and looks to improve both your current situation and your future outcome. In contrast, therapy focuses on past actions and motivations. It is analytical, but not action-oriented. Life coaches are not health professionals, and they do not diagnose.

“Coaching is only for people who have MAJOR problems or who never seem to succeed on their own.” That is a very self-critical view; Life coaching is for anyone who wants to improve their performance in life – whether advancing at work,  improving relationships, or discovering a more peaceful spiritual path. Even the most talented and successful people can benefit from coaching.

“Coaching is all about venting, and then maybe they offer advice.” While all coaches do need to have great listening skills,  delivering high-quality coaching is far more involved than merely giving advice. Life coaches must be able to draw on a deep base of knowledge, experience, and expertise to create and implement solutions unique to their client’s life and then help the client to implement those strategies.


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