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Can a life coach help?

answered 02:44 AM EST, Sat November 03, 2012
anonymous anonymous
Can a life coach help me figure out what I want from life?

I am not satisfied with my life. I know that what I have in my life right now is not what I need or want but I do not quite know what it is that I should do differently. I work in finance and make a lot of money that gets swallowed by the expenses of my family and lifestyle. Some days I just want to throw it all away and move to an island somewhere. I guess I feel stuck in this situation and even though I know I should be thankful to have a good job I do not feel lucky in any way. I love my wife and family to death but because of them I am trapped. I feel like I could use some guidance but I am a little confused about who to turn to. I guess I feel like I could use pretty regular support or motivation like from a life coach but I do not know how a life coach can help me if I don’t know what it is that I actually want to do.

Penny Bell Says...

Penny Bell P. Bell
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It sounds as though you feel you are running very fast and hard in the "rat race" and are getting out of breath! A life-coach can definitely help you with your motivation, whether you're wanting motivation to stay on the road you’re on, or to get off it.  A life coach can help you to discover what it is that you really want for your life, your life purpose.   He or she will help you to explore your wants, desires, needs, and dreams, and work out a plan to achieve them.  The life coach will always keep the ball in your court – they won’t tell you what to do or how to do it, rather, they will help you to decide and plan for yourself.  However life coaching is not counselling or therapy, so if your dilemma is not purely career related, but also involves feeling anxious or depressed, and if you have some personal and/or relationship issues that need to be addressed and resolved, then a counsellor is the person to consult. 

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