Life Coaching: Does it Actually Work [Infographic] 40

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This is a guest post by Tom Casano – founder of Life Coach Spotter where you can find your life coach and reach your goals.

You may have heard the term “life coaching” before, but what is coaching really, and does it actually work?

A life coach is someone who helps you reach your goals and make changes in your life. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or lost and confused in your life. Maybe you had dreams but you lost your way somehow. Maybe you want to get inspired, feel motivated, and take on the world. But how?

A life coach is supposed to fill that role as your supporter, your motivator, your accountability partner, and life strategist. You might not see the real value in getting clear on what you want in your life, but once you do, it’s easier to pursue those desires. Or perhaps you already know exactly what you want in your life, but you seem to be stuck in pursuing it and making it real.

How can you reach your goals with the help of life coaching?

A life coach will help you to uncover and release any mental or emotional blocks. These limiting beliefs can keep us stuck, and we’re not even aware of them!

For example, you might want to be rich but you have anxiety that others will judge you or you’ll feel less connected to others. This would be a fear-based emotional block that is keeping you from reaching your goal of becoming rich.

A life coach is not your therapist. They’re not there to listen to your problems and just nod their head. If you’re already emotionally healthy, then you wouldn’t really need a therapist.

A life coach will challenge you, push you, and question your outlook on life. They’ll ask you “power questions” — What do you really want in life? What feeling are you after? What is keeping you stuck and blocked?

Sounds pretty pointless when reading it now, but when you’re feeling deeply stuck in your life or lost, your coach is someone you can trust and lean on to move your life forward again.

This all sounds well and good, but does life coaching actually work?

This infographic below is based on hard-data from the ICF, the most reputable coaching organization in the world. According to them, 99% of clients who have used a life coach are either “somewhat” or “very satisfied” with the overall coaching experience. That’s a pretty crazy statistic, huh? 99%? That’s almost too good to be true.

But it turns out that there’s little to lose with coaching. After all, the best investment you can make is in yourself. Think of your investment into your college education, into your health, and into your social life.

You have invested a lot of money into these parts of your life. What about investing some money into reaching your goals and finding your true purpose in life? Sounds pretty impactful for your life.

According to Life Coach Spotter’s own proprietary data, the reasons that most people seek a life coach are:

  • Achieving your goals (64%)
  • Happiness (51%)
  • Finding your purpose (48%)
  • Doing what you love (44%)
  • Career (43%)
  • Confidence (39%)
  • Relationship/love (38%)

What’s more, according to the statistics below 80% of people improved their self-confidence and 70% improved their work performance. That sounds pretty effective.

How is life coaching so effective?

It turns out that having someone echo back to you your own limited thinking and mental-emotional obstacles, deconstructing them, and then removing them completely, is exactly what you’ve always needed to be free, to be your true self and reach your life goals.

Moreover, your life coach is bringing a wealth of tools, training, education, experience, knowledge, and higher consciousness into the process.

As ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”

And that higher consciousness once brought into our lives can completely revolutionize they way we’re thinking, they way we’re feeling, and the way we’re living.

Check out this helpful infographic from Life Coach Spotter to see what you think of the effectiveness of coaching.

Does Life Coaching Really Work?

So what about you? What’s your take on life coaching?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.