When I bring on a new coaching client, I have an idea of the general goals they’re hoping to achieve. Most people have fairly similar life goals. They want to find a career that is rewarding and enjoyable, to have the experience of loving and being loved, to have great friends and to have enough money and time to enjoy life. When I take on coaching clients, and in life coaching in general, we take things a bit further to really maximize the quality of life. Here are 8 things that I want for my life coaching clients. This is often more than they even want for themselves!
1. A problem-free life.
Yes, it is possible to have very few problems, issues or crises in your life. I’m not suggesting that nothing will ever break or need fixing nor that you’ll never have an argument with your spouse. However, you can become a problem-free zone. That means that when something breaks, you have the time, capacity and resources to fix it without much stress, hassle or aggravation. How is this possible? It starts with having a reserve of time and money, two things that most people lack that are the foundation to a stress-free and hassle-free life.
Let’s look at two scenarios:
Scenario 1: Your alarm clock didn’t go off and you are running late. Then, you jump in the car to get to work, already stressed because you don’t want to be late for an important meeting. On the way to work, you get a flat tire, so you have to pull over and change the tire. You arrive late and a bit grubby, sweating, stressed and apologetic for having missed this key meeting.
Your boss and your clients are not impressed even though they are polite and say they understand. When bonuses are handed out, you get passed over because the client went with a different firm. Now you’re working overtime to try to get back in your boss’s good graces.
Scenario 2: You wake up before the alarm clock rings. You are well rested and excited about the big meeting at work. Then, you take your time to meditate and visualize a positive result while showering and putting on your best outfit. You decide to leave early to get to the office well ahead of time. On the way, you get a flat tire. You call AAA for a repair car to come and fix the tire while you review your meeting presentation.
Once you get to the office, you feel even more prepared and focused. The meeting goes well, you close the sale and your boss is impressed. When bonuses come around, you get a big one, as well as a salary increase and promotion! Now, you can increase your savings rate from 20% a month to 25% without diminishing the quality of your life, further increasing your reserves.
2. A full and rewarding life.
To be able to live the life you truly want for yourself and your family, free from media inspired visions of success, oriented around your core values and passions. This can be as grand or as simple as you wish. It will be a life that allows you to be the best version of yourself and feel fully self-expressed.
3. To be part of a strong and loving community.
If your own family isn’t as loving and supportive as you’d like, you can choose your own family of friends and create a circle of loved ones. Everyone needs to feel that they belong. Thankfully, we are no longer restricted to communities by geography and can find or create online and virtual communities with like-minded people. The goal is to have as many friends as you wish, and surround yourself with people that love and cherish you for who you are, quirks and all.
4. To have plenty of money to enjoy life and feel secure.
I encourage all my clients to get on the path to financial freedom and independence and enjoy the journey along the way. The goal is to have enough so that money doesn’t decide for you and you can choose exactly what you want.
5. To live in alignment with your core values and passions.
This could be finding the ideal job or career that enables you to fully express yourself and enables you to do what you love to do. It means you work in a field of your choice that is both challenging and leverages your natural talents and abilities. We spend so much of our time and energy at work, it is difficult to enjoy life if you aren’t fully enjoying your work. Of course, you may not need to work from a financial perspective. However, most people find they need some challenge, whether that is a hobby or lifestyle business, volunteer work or a full-fledged career, that enhances life.
6. To have plenty of fun and pleasure.
To look forward to something every day and have a great time and really savor all the richness of life.
7. To have time to appreciate the great life you have.
I want you to be fully present, aware and filled with gratitude and joy for the life you’ve created. Life coaching helps create a feeling of abundant time so that you aren’t rushing through life, missing all the joy.
8. To be the best human being you can be.
To maximize your time on this planet with a plan of personal growth and development. This includes getting your personal and emotional needs satisfied (take the free Emotional Index Quiz), expressing your core values, doing fulfilling work, creating a reserve in every area of your life, resolving all issues from the past, conquering any addictions or bad habits, and more.
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